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Sacramento Travel Tips and Day Trip Ideas
Planning a family trip or vacation to Sacramento? Whatever your reasons for visiting, you’ll have no problem finding things to do in Sacramento, a city rich in history and culture. These travel tips will help you plan a perfect getaway full of excitement and entertainment.
Budget Car Rental Sacramento
First, you’ll want to take care of your rental car and go over our selection of vehicles in order to choose the best one for you. With our wide selection of rental cars, you can try a luxury car rental, or a fuel efficient economy car as well. Now it’s easier than ever to rent a car in Sacramento.
If you have other stops planned after you visit Sacramento, our one-way car rental option is a great choice for you. Coming to Sacramento for an extended stay? Get more savings by booking a long-term car rental.
Things to Do in Sacramento
Sacramento is a big, bustling city with plenty of things for everyone to do. Here are just a few of the city’s best attractions that the whole family will enjoy.
This attraction is a must for any car fanatic visiting Sacramento. Walk the museum’s 72,000 square feet of floor space to see a collection of over 150 classic cars, muscle cars, and even race cars that range from a 1904 Ford Model B Touring Car to a 2011 Nissan Leaf. The museum allows guests to sit in some of the classic cars for some nostalgic photo ops.
The Sacramento Zoo, situated in the ever-popular William Land Park, has been open for over 90 years. Although it started out small, the zoo now has more than 500 animals from around the world. Don’t miss the Small Wonders of Africa exhibit, home to aardvarks, crested guineafowl, fennec foxes, fruit bats, and red-billed hornbills. You’ll also want to see the zoo’s enclosure of playful North American river otters.
If you’re in Downtown Sacramento, make sure to visit the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, one of the largest cathedrals west of the Mississippi. This prominent Sacramento landmark was constructed in 1889, and has been part of the heart of the city ever since. Take a minute to walk around the cathedral and admire its architecture, including the 215-foot belltower, which was inspired by The Church of the Holy Trinity in Paris.
Experience Sacramento’s 150+ years of history, from the Gold Rush to modern day at these historical sites.
Travel back in time and learn about Sacramento’s history through its founding during the Gold Rush, the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad, and the short-lived run of the Pony Express at Old Sacramento. This 28-acre historic district brings history alive with functioning railroad replicas, horse-drawn carriages, and museums to show you just what Sacramento was like, way back when.
Originally built in 1856, this stately 20,000-square-foot mansion was owned by Leland Stanford, governor of California during the Civil War and President of the Central Pacific Railroad. Now, the Victorian mansion is a museum, open to the public. Tour the halls to see the 17-foot ceilings, intricate woodwork and gilding, 19th-Century style gardens, and original furnishings owned by the Stanfords.
In Midtown Sacramento, you’ll find Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, a living history museum that tells the story of the 1840s inhabitants of Sacramento: Mexican Citizens of Alta California, American and European pioneers, and Native Americans. Swiss immigrant John Sutter established the fort in 1839, and the park shows you what life would have been like for its inhabitants.
Whichever attractions you choose to visit, the last thing you want to worry about on your trip is transportation. Whether your destination is near Fulton Avenue or anywhere in the city, you can count on Budget for a dependable car rental in Sacramento. If you need a cheap car rental, check out all of our deals and offers online, and keep in mind that picking up your Sacramento Airport car rental is easy too! Reserve your car today.