Sacramento sits at the confluence of two great rivers, the Sacramento and the American, but it was a confluence of people and ideas that built Sacramento into the city it is today. Pioneers seeking a new life, miners seeking riches, railroad workers connecting the country, ranchers building an empire, and Native Americans defending their land came together here. They have left a city rich in history and culture.
It's hard to think of events in Sacramento without thinking of Cal Expo. Cal Expo consists of 18 different venues and commands 350 beautiful acres, and it is also the site of the California State Fair and many city events. Hotels close to Cal Expo will set you up for the perfect arrival time any time of the year.
In addition to the fairgrounds, you'll find the September 11 Memorial Plaza, Raging Waters Sacramento Water Park, and the newly constructed Bonney Field, one of the largest professional soccer pitches in the United States. From October to April, enjoy live harness racing at the track and year-round satellite wagering for horse races around the country. There are several options for hotels near Cal Expo, and food and shopping is a half-mile away at Arden Fair Mall. Boasting 120 retail shops and restaurants and ample parking, it's an enjoyable way to spend the day. Consider tucking in to sleep at one of the cheap motels near Cal Expo, or settle in for the night at a nearby Sacramento hotel.
For sight-seeing, head 5 miles west to Old Sacramento: "Old Sac," as it's known. The old town itself sits on 28 acres along the Sacramento River, and the old-time shops and restaurants make you feel like you've stepped into a long-ago era. If you're a railroad enthusiast, you will enjoy the California State Railroad Museum; there you can explore Sacramento's rich railroad history and tour some of the restored trains.
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