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Discover Gold! Sacramento, California was one of the busiest and largest towns during the California Gold Rush in the mid-1800’s. It was a major distribution point, commercial and agricultural centre and landing point for wagon trains, riverboats and the First Transcontinental Railroad. With the influx of people who joined the rush, it soon became a city and was incorporated in February of 1850.
Today, you can leave your mining equipment and pans at home because the kind of gold you’ll discover now is in the family-friendly attractions, museums, parks and gardens. Here, your options for entertainment include Broadway musicals, local plays and festivals. Sacramento is a truly affordable destination as the hotels are generally well-priced and many tours and attractions are free to the public. Check out the California State Capitol building or sight-see in Old Sacramento. Even the Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park – home to 13 of California’s governors until Ronald Reagan in 1967 – has a very reasonable US$5 entry fee.
Step back to a time and see what California was like for a prospector during the Gold Rush between 1848 and 1855, in Old Sacramento. While you’re there, stroll though any of the over 100 stores selling souvenirs, art, gifts, jewellery and home decor – all set in buildings from the Gold Rush era. Restaurants and museums are scattered between shops and a lovely walking path runs beside the Sacramento River.
One way to beat the heat in the summer is to head half an hour east to the American River for an adventure in white water rafting. Many well-established guides have full-day outings that include packed meals. If you choose to do a longer run with overnight stops along the way, you may find that every comfort of home is available in the camps, from chefs and happy-hour beverages to flush toilets and warm showers! The rafting season starts mid-May and runs through September.
WestJet is pleased to offer service to this destination through our code-share agreement with American Airlines, one of our great airline partners.
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