Sacramento/Urban Cow Half Marathon
Sacramento, CA USA
Sunday October 6, 2013

Sacramento Attractions

The Sacramento Capitol Building is the perfect first stop for visitors to this area of California. A multi-part adventure, this location houses the state executives' offices, the state legislature and the California State Capitol Museum. To the rear of the building lie lush gardens for people to navigate. The building, designed in the likeness of the nation's capital in Washington D.C., was completed in 1869. A full restoration was finished in the early 1980s. Many fixtures and architectural designs were returned back to the original 1800s style during this major undertaking. Tours of the building are available and visitors may be able to see the legislature in session.

From the mosaic and large tiled floors to the neo-classical architectural style of the dome to the cast iron bears that surround the rotunda, those who come to see the Capitol Building will not be disappointed. Numerous pieces of art adorn the hallways here. California landscapes and landmarks, as well as portraits of past presidents and governors, can be viewed. Murals by California artist Arthur Mathews, commissioned in 1913, depict state history and are now located in the basement rotunda. The museum maintains historic rooms set aside as exhibits of how the Capitol looked early on. Visitors are in for a treat as they stroll around the grounds known as Capitol Park. Groves honoring the pioneers and Native Americans, a rose garden and monuments erected in tribute to war veterans and first responders are on display.

Visitors to this capital city should be sure to plan a visit to Old Sacramento. This area has been designated a Historic Landmark District and is home to a State Historic Park. Located along the banks of the Sacramento River, this downtown area is filled with museums, shops and restaurants, making it an exciting destination. Perhaps the most notable of the museums is the California State Railroad Museum. Encompassing six separate buildings, this attraction is a railroad buff's delight. This mode of transportation was essential to the development of the state, and this museum brings that history to life. Restored railroad cars and locomotives, rotating exhibits and actual train rides are just a few of this location's offerings.

While in Old Sacramento, be sure to step back into the Old West with a visit to the River City Saloon. One of the original buildings in Sacramento, this location had a very notorious reputation through the years. Restored in 2007 to replicate its original d├ęcor, complete with sawdust on the floor, this is a not-to-be-missed good old time!

The Sacramento Zoo originally opened in 1927 on 4.2 acres of land. Since then, it has expanded to over 14 acres and has seen numerous exhibit overhauls and structural changes. Now home to many endangered species, the zoo's mission is not only to display a large variety of animals in settings as close to their natural habitat as possible but also to educate the public about these precious animals and the conservation methods needed to help them thrive.