Month: August 2010

South Lake Tahoe, California

A- Overview:
Lake Tahoe is awesome! Beginning in late autumn and continuing through the winter and spring, the Sierra Nevada mountain region becomes a winter wonderland. Snow is measured in feet, not inches, and a normal winter will see accumulations of 30 to 40 feet in the higher elevations. Winter can last up to six months in the mountains, which is great news for winter sports enthusiasts. The temperatures stay relatively mild, usually above freezing during the day and only dropping into the 20s at night. During most days, the sun shines and adds the perfect finishing touch to the ideal winter vacation.

One of the highest, largest, deepest, cleanest and coldest lakes in the world, 1000 foot deep Lake Tahoe is situated at a mile high elevation in an alpine bowl of forested granite peaks. The drive around the entire circumference of Lake Tahoe is 72 miles in length and takes about three hours. It is recommended during the summer months only. During the winter, Highway 89, which runs along the west shore and connects South Tahoe and Tahoe City closes when there is too much snow. A delightful alternative to driving around the lake is to view it from a paddle wheeler on a summer cruise.

The early-mid years of the 20th century saw tremendous building and deforestation in the Lake Tahoe area. The building boom was brought under control in the 1960’s, and 85% of the land is now protected from development. The undeveloped land is owned either by the state or federal governments, and has been turned into National Forests and State Parks, further enhancing the appeal of this spectacular place.

The Lake Tahoe region straddles the Nevada/California border. The state line cuts through the lake lengthwise, so that the western shore is in California; the eastern shore in Nevada and some properties situated north and south of the Lake are in both States. One such hotel even has a dotted line running through its rooms to indicate in which State occupants are located.

During normal snow years, many ski resorts are open by Thanksgiving and some even operate through July 4. As a result, summer visitors can ski in the morning and enjoy a pleasant afternoon of river rafting. During any lulls in snowfall, ski resorts make snow. Most resorts have installed sophisticated snowmaking equipment on a large percentage of their terrain.

The North and South Lake Tahoe areas have the greatest concentration of ski resorts in North America, with 15 alpine resorts and 12 cross-country resorts offering a wide range of terrain and level of expertise. For the novice skier or snowboarder, lessons are offered at most of the resorts.

Also offered are packages, which include rental equipment, maps, lift tickets or trail passes, along with lessons.

Other popular activities include sleigh rides, dog sled rides, snowshoeing, ice skating, snowmobiling in the fall, winter, and spring; and in the summer: golf, hiking, bicycling, fishing, boating, ballooning, and river rafting. Superb casino gaming and entertainment are available year round. The Olympic games and World Cup skiing have both been hosted by Lake Tahoe. It is a world-class destination.

B- City Information:
Population: 21,600

Elevation:

Tahoe City: 6302 feet

Truckee: 5820 feet

Average Temperatures:

Month
High
Low

January
38F
16F

February
38F
16F

March
46F
21F

April
53F
29F

May
60F
36F

June
73F
41F

July
81F
43F

August
81F
41F

September
73F
37F

October
63F
34F

November
52F
30F

December
40F
15F

If the weather is questionable, call (530) 583-6985 to check cable car operation schedules and weather conditions. In every season, sunscreen is a must because of the greater intensity of the sun’s rays at higher elevations. A jacket is also recommended, because the temperature is much cooler at Lake Tahoe’s elevation than in the valley.

The Area

North Lake Tahoe (North Shore) is less developed, and is where most of the large, expensive vacation homes are located. It has more of a wilderness feel than the South Shore and more opportunities for outdoor recreation, including things like mountain biking in addition to traditional outdoor sports.

North Lake Tahoe is a seasonally inhabited area that stretches along 40 miles of shoreline. It contains three residential communities as well as the Tahoe and Toiyabe National Forests and a number of state parks. The resort communities are known as the West shore; the North shore, and the Truckee River Canyon area.

South Lake Tahoe (South Shore) is much more populated and developed, with a concentration of casinos, miles of motels, shops, restaurants, etc. There is always lots to do in and around this area. It is also well known for its clubs, restaurants and night life.

If you’re going in the summer, plan to jet-ski, parasail, and take a hot air balloon ride right off the lake!

The Lake Tahoe area straddles the Nevada/California border. The state line cuts through the lake lengthwise, so that the western shore is in California; the eastern shore in Nevada and some properties situated north and south of the Lake are in both States. One such hotel even has a dotted line running through its rooms to indicate in which State occupants are located.

The drive entirely around Lake Tahoe is 72 miles in length and takes about three hours. It is recommended during the summer months only. During the winter, Highway 89, which runs along the west shore and connects South Tahoe and Tahoe City closes when there is too much snow. There is good public transportation to all points of interest. Summer and winter are the optimal times to visit the Lake Tahoe area.

Remember that there is the possibility of snow in the higher elevations throughout the year. Always check the weather forecast before driving into the mountains in order to be prepared.

Lake Tahoe, South Shore and North Shore Casinos

South Lake Tahoe casinos include Caesars, Harrah’s, Harvey’s, Horizon, and the Lakeside Inn.

North Lake Tahoe casinos include the Hyatt Regency in Incline Village and the Cal-Neva and Biltmore in Crystal Bay!.

Gambling Age: Persons under 21 years of age are not permitted by law to gamble. They can walk through the casinos, but cannot stop at any of the games. They are allowed to wait in line for a show or a restaurant table with their parents.

Getting There

Airport: The South Lake Tahoe airport has flights to and from the major airports in California. The airport is located just south of the city on Highway 50. Several airlines fly into Reno International Airport. The Tahoe casino express operates a shuttle service between Reno International Airport and Lake Tahoe.

Airport: Tahoe-Truckee is a non-commercial airport for small private planes. It is located southeast of Truckee.

Road Conditions: Telephone 1-800-427-7623 for information on winter driving conditions and road closures.

Bus: South Lake Tahoe is serviced by greyhound on a regular, daily basis from all major cities. The terminal is located inside Harrah’s Hotel-Casino on Lake Tahoe Blvd. For information telephone (702) 588-4645.

Travel in the area: Van shuttles go back and forth between the hotels and the casinos daily at 1/2 hour intervals

California side trip: San Francisco is an easy 3.5 hour drive from Lake Tahoe. Take Hwy 50 west to Sacramento and then I-80 to San Francisco. This would be the best route from South Lake Tahoe. (You can also take I-80 all the way which would be the best from North Lake Tahoe.

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
North Shore Lake Tahoe

Cablecar at Squaw Valley USA

Calif. Hwy. 89, 6 mi. north of Tahoe City, Calif.

(530) 583-6955, (800) 545-4350

During ski season, the tram operates from 9 AM until 9 PM weekdays and from 8:30 AM until 9 PM weekends. Daily hours during the summer are 9:30 AM to 9 PM. The tram is closed from late September until mid-October.

Fanny Bridge

Junction of Calif. highways. 89 and 28, Tahoe City, Calif.

Fanny Bridge spans the Truckee River where it empties from Lake Tahoe on its journey toward Pyramid Lake. Also at this site is the concrete dam with 17 gates used to raise or lower the level of the lake. There are a number of enormous rainbow trout living in the waters around the bridge

Gatekeeper’s Museum

Junction of California Highways 89 and 28, Tahoe City, Calif.

(530) 583- 1762

Since 1986 the Federal Watermaster’s Office in Reno has regulated the level of the lake. Today the gatekeeper’s cabin is a museum showcasing Lake Tahoe’s past through natural history displays, stories of pioneers and priceless artifacts. Of particular interest are exhibits showing the effects of growth and pollution on the Tahoe Basin.

Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Museum

The museum is open Wednesday – Sunday, May 1 – June 15 and from Labor Day – October 1, and every day from June 16 through Labor Day. The hours are 11 – 5 . Although admission is free, donations are welcome.

The museum contains a collection of more than 800 baskets from native American tribes all over the country.

Ponderosa Ranch

100 Ponderosa Ranch Rd., Incline Village, Nevada

(775) 831-0691

9:30- 5 April – October, weather permitting. Breakfast hay wagons depart twice daily, Memorial Day through Labor Day, at 8 and 9:30 AM. Since much of the activity at the ranch is outdoors, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes and to bring along a jacket .

More than 500 million television viewers in 86 countries have relived the days of the wild West through the television series Bonanza. The Ponderosa Ranch at Lake Tahoe was selected as the setting for the show because of its spectacular scenery.

Step back in time to the post-Civil War era as you wander around the 12 acre downtown. It is authentic to the last detail, including the Silver Dollar Saloon advertising “meals 25 cents” the Old Time Photo Shop,and the gallows. Of particular interest is the variety of horse-drawn vehicles casually parked everywhere, as if their owners were in town shopping for the day.

The highlight of the ranch is the massive log structure used as the Cartwright family home. Outside, you can test your skill at the Moonshine Shootin’ Gallery, make new friends at the Petting Farm, pan for gold at the Lucky Bonanza Mine and ride a horse at the Pony Rides.

Watson Cabin Living Museum

560 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, Calif.

(530) 583-8717

Daily June 15 through Labor Day from noon – 4 . Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Built in 1909, the Watson Cabin Living Museum is the oldest building in Tahoe City. Listed in the National Register of Historic Homes, the cabin contains the first indoor private bathroom in Tahoe City, as well as antiques and collectibles from the turn of the century.

Parks

In the Lake Tahoe Basin:

Sugar Pine Point State Park – 530-525-7982
This beautiful Park fronts Lake Tahoe for 1-3/4 miles and features General Creek Campground (operated year-round), the Ehrman Mansion, Sugar Pine Point Nature Center, and over 2,000 acres of conifer forest. The park offers picnicking, hiking trails, fishing, sunbathing, and interpretive programs. The Sugar Pine Point Nature Center is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm through Labor Day. Ehrman Mansion, one of the most beautiful historic homes on Lake Tahoe, is open for guided tours July through Labor

D.L. Bliss and Emerald Bay State Park
Six miles of Lake Tahoe’s most rugged shoreline highlight these popular parks. Both have campgrounds and opportunities for hiking, swimming, fishing, and interpretive activities.

Vikingsholm Castle, the most popular attraction, (west end of Emerald Bay), is considered the finest example of Scandinavian architecture in the United States. Guided tours are available daily, during the summer months from 10 am to 4 pm every half hour.

D.L. Bliss State Park has a beautiful beach on Rubicon Bay (and a trailhead for the Rubicon Point Trail that continues on to Vikingsholm).

Lake Tahoe Nevada State Parks:

Sand Harbor – 775-831-0494
Long sandy beaches, rocky coves, and panoramic lake views attract thousands of visitors to Sand Harbor.
Swimming and Scuba Diving – Gently sloping beaches, crystal clear waters, and interesting rock formations make excellent areas for swimming and scuba-diving.
Boating – The boat launch facility has two double ramps. A fee is charged. Parking is limited in the summer; when the lot is full, vehicles and trailers must park outside of Sand Harbor.

Spooner Lake and the Marlette/Hobart Backcountry
This area contains 13,000 forested acres of park land and several alpine lakes. The blue waters of Spooner Lake adjoin aspen groves and mountain meadows dotted with wildflowers. Swimming is not recommended.

Cave Rock
The day-use facility is located on US Hwy. 50, 3 miles south of Glenbrook, just south of the Cave Rock tunnel.

South Shore Lake Tahoe

Aerial Tram at Heavenly Ski Resort

Heavenly Ski Resort, end of Ski Run Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

(800) 243-2836

During the summer season, the tram runs weekdays from 10 – 9 and weekends from 8:30 – 4 .

From this vantage point 2,000 feet above the level of the lake, the size and grandeur of the Lake Tahoe Basin is exquisite. Hiking along the ridge is popular during the summer. Sunset colors on the lake are spectacular!

Emerald Bay and Vikingsholm Castle

Calif. Hwy. 89, 5 mi. from South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

(530) 573-2600

Tours are usually available daily from mid-June through Labor Day from 10- 4 but call ahead to verify specific times and admission prices.

Emerald Bay with tiny Fannette Island rests on a narrow arm on the southwestern shore of the lake. Its emerald green water is surrounded by sheer granite cliffs.

The castle is not accessible by car, but is a one mile walk from the Emerald Bay parking lotThe 38-room mansion is a replica of an 11th-century Viking castle

Fallen Leaf Lake

Junction of Calif. Hwy. 89 and Fallen Leaf Rd., South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Fallen Leaf Lake is frequently not accessible during winter months because of heavy snowfall.

The second-largest natural lake in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Fallen Leaf was an appendage of Lake Tahoe many years ago. Three miles long, Fallen Leaf Lake is considered by many scientists to be a microcosm of Lake Tahoe. Because it is smaller, researchers are studying the effects of pollution on the lake as they believe the same effects will appear in a similar way later in the larger Lake Tahoe.

Hornblower’s Tahoe Queen

Marina Village, at the foot of Ski Run Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

(800) 238-2463

Departures are from 10:30am- 7 pm The 2 pm trips on Monday and Tuesday are gaming cruises with personnel onboard to teach the rules and strategies of 21, craps, roulette and poker. Telephone for rates with and without dinner

Hornblower’s Tahoe Queen, an authentic paddle wheeler, sails from its pier in South Lake Tahoe across the lake and into Emerald Bay daily throughout the year.

Tallac Historic Site

Calif. Hwy. 89, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

(530) 541-5227

weekends 11- 3 from Memorial Day weekend – mid-June. The rest of the summer season Wed – Sunday 10- 4 Call ahead to verify hours and days of operation

Admission is free

Following the discovery of silver in Nevada, Lake Tahoe became a popular summer retreat for wealthy residents of San Francisco, Virginia City and Sacramento. In 1880, Elias J. “Lucky” Baldwin built an opulent resort including a casino and two hotels on this site. For more than 30 years it was one of a kind. As the area became more accessible via automobiles, other lavish estates appeared all around the lake.

Taylor Creek Visitor Center

Calif. Hwy. 89, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

(530) 573-2674

weekends from 11- 3 Memorial Day weekend – mid-June. The rest of the summer season through Labor Day weekend: Wed. – Sun. from 10- 4 September schedules vary, so call ahead for hours and days of operation

Adjoining the Tallac Historic Site, the area around Taylor Creek Visitor Center gives the visitor ample opportunities to experience the Taylor Creek ecosystem and to understand its relationship to Lake Tahoe. Mt. Tallac rises 9,735 feet in the background.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Animal Ark
1265 Deerlodge Road, Reno, NV 775-969-3111
Located in the juniper covered hills north of Reno. Observe a tiny burrowing owl or kit fox as they bask in the sun next to their burrows; or the black bear that may lumber out of his den to take a dip in his pool. Open April thru October: 10 – 4:30; Closed Mondays, except holidays.

Bartley Park
6000 Bartley Ranch Road, 775-828-6612
The park features more than 2 miles of hiking trails, a horse arena and the historic one-room Huffacker School House. The Western Heritage Interpretive Center features traveling exhibits and other cultural themed programs and displays. The park is a former ranch with lots of open space and also has historic farm equipment.

Fleischmann Planetarium
North of the University of Nevada on N. Virginia St.
775-784-4811: Current Shows & Hours and current events in the night skies
775-784-4812: Reservations
Daily entertaining & informative films & star shows as well as telescope viewing weekly. Don’t miss the out-of-sight gift shop with such fun things as glow in the dark constellation maps, astronaut Freeze-dried foods & much, much more!

Galena Creek Park
18350 Mount Rose Highway, south of Reno, 775-849-2511
Hours: 8AM – 5 daily
440 acre park nestled in the forest with Galena Creek flowing through. Hiking, self guided nature trails, picnic areas and a group picnic facility. Family programs are held in Campfire Meadows at the north end of the park.

Idlewild Park
775-329-6008, West of Booth Street just off Idlewild Drive in Reno
barbecue pits, swimming, fishing, a beautiful rose garden, wedding garden, & much more. For the children there is an amusement park including Merry-go-Round, Flying Planes, Roller Coaster, Tilt-a-Whirl & famous train. Rides open daily: May thru Labor Day 11 – 6. Sept. thru May – Sat., Sun, & holidays, weather permitting.

National Automobile Museum
775-333-9300, 10 Lake Street (Corner of Lake & Mill Sts.)
A collection of 200 antique, vintage, classic, & special interest automobiles, located in downtown Reno. Don’t miss the interest automobiles, located in downtown Reno. Don’t miss the great gift shop with the hard to find unusual gifts!! Open 9:30 to 5:30PM Mon-Sat except Christmas & Thanksgiving. Open 10 to 4:00PM Sundays

Oxbow Nature Study Area
775-334-3808, 3100 Dickerson Road along the Truckee River.
Nature walks, bird watching areas & nature observation platforms.

Ponderosa Ranch
Hwy 28, Incline Village, 775-831-0691
Open Mid-April thru October – 9:30-6. Home of “Bonanza” & “Bonanza, the Next Generation,” Cartwright Ranch House Tour, petting farm, Mystery Mine, shooting gallery, breakfast hay rides, vintage cars, gun collections, & more. Closed winters.

Sierra Safari
10200 N. Virginia, 775-677-1101
Open April 1 – October 31. Hrs: 10 – 5 daily. See more than 200 animals, 40 different species. Located 8 miles north of Reno in the beautiful North Valley area at the front of majestic Peavine Mountain. Sierra Safari has become Nevada’s largest non-profit wild animal attraction.

18-hole miniature golf courses, roller coaster, and Adventure Raceway – 3 race car tracks for all ages and more.

E- Events & Entertainment:

San Jose, California

A- Overview:
Best known for its sunshine and its ties to technology, San Jose has much to offer even the most discriminating traveler. Whether for business or pleasure, this beautiful California city has something for everyone. With over 300 days of sunshine, near perfect weather, a multitude of sites to see and, not to mention, the opportunity to play Monopoly on a 930 square foot board, as well as its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, it makes this a must see destination for anyone traveling to northern California.

It is hard to remember when looking at San Jose today that it is the oldest civil settlement in California, founded back in 1777. It was also the first capital of California, even before California became an official state and at one time was a thriving agricultural area. Few remnants of that period remain. Instead, there are a host of new things to see and do.

No matter what time of year for a visit, beautiful California weather awaits. Summer tends to be the busiest season as tourists from around the world come to visit the area, enjoying its wonderful scenery, weather, entertainment and attractions. Summer daytime temperatures reach into the mid 80’s F. but with very little humidity it’s quite comfortable. It’s the perfect time for taking advantage of the many outdoor activities available. Spring and fall are pleasant, although cooler. Spring brings the average temperature to about 60 F and fall is slightly higher. Although there is a winter season, the daytime temperatures rarely fall below 60 F, making it an ideal time to take advantage of the beautiful scenery.

One thing to keep in mind when visiting this California city is that “California Casual” is the dress code for daytime and most evening outings. From November until spring, a light sweater is advisable during the day and a light jacket for the evenings.

The History Museum gives visitors a feel for what it was like when California’s first settlement was established back in the late 1700’s. Guests can enjoy the 14 acre facility with a park-like setting including 27 original and reconstructed homes, businesses, and landmarks highlighting the culture and history of San Jose and Santa Clara Valley. The museum is unique with paved streets, running trolleys and an old-fashioned ice cream and even a candy parlor.

Known for its ties to technology, San Jose also offers tours of the Tech Museum of Innovation where Technology from Silicon Valley and beyond comes alive. This unique museum features interactive exhibits for all ages. The Tech is a place that’s about real technology . . . changing the way people work and play, creating, harnessing, and sharing information about how we innovate, how we do things differently. It features over 250 interactive exhibits as well as an Imax Dome Theater.

For a little outdoor activity, a must visit attraction is Kelly Park. The park is home to Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, the Japanese Friendship Garden and the San Jose Historical Museum. Visitors may enjoy a train ride, picnicking, a beautiful lawn and shade tree areas or a walk through the tranquil Japanese Friendship Garden. For those looking for more activity, visit the zoo, amusement park and play area of Happy Hollow. For a unique adventure, try a game of Monopoly on a 930 square foot board at Guadalupe River Park. Be sure to bring a camera for this once-in-a-lifetime picture.

For a day trip, be sure to visit Paramount’s Great America and Six Flags Marine World. Both are just minutes away from San Jose and offer fun and adventure for the entire family. Great America is a universe of Nickelodeon fun, friends, and adventures that burst into life daily. The stars on Nickelodeon, one of the networks preferred by kids, come to life at one of Northern California’s favorite theme parks for family fun and thrills. Marine World is the country’s only combination wildlife park, oceanarium and theme park featuring over 30 thrilling rides, 35 exotic animal attractions and 10 great shows. Of course, historic and beautiful San Francisco is also only an hour away.

San Jose showcases a mix of world class cultural and performing arts, name brand stores and quaint boutiques, superb dining, exciting night life, great sporting events and outdoor activities, year-round cultural events and festivities, many historic sites, thrilling theme parks, varied points of interest, and beautiful climate year-round. It’s no wonder it has been an ongoing recipient of numerous honors and awards, and has become a stomping ground for millions of visitors each year. Wouldn’t you like to be one of them?

B- City Information:
Population: 894,943

Elevation: 87 feet above sea level

Land Area: 174.9 square miles

Location: Located in the northwest section of California, San Jose is the gateway to the Bay area: It is 45 minutes south of San Francisco and 70 minutes north of Monterrey

Time Zone: Pacific Time Zone (when it’s noon in San Jose, it’s 2pm in Chicago and 3pm in New York City). San Jose observes Daylight Savings Time from April – October

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
50.1
53.5
56.1
59.6
63.9
68.3
70.8
70.8
69.3
63.8
55.1
49.7

High temperature (°F)
59.0
63.0
66.4
71.6
76.3
81.6
84.3
83.9
82.0
75.6
65.0
58.6

Low temperature (°F)
41.3
44.1
45.8
47.7
51.3
55.0
57.4
57.5
56.4
51.9
45.2
40.6

Precipitation (in)
3.3
3.1
2.8
1.1
0.5
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.2
0.9
1.8
2.2

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precipitation
9
9
8
5
3
1
0
0
1
3
6
8

Wind speed (mph)
6.5
6.8
7.9
8.2
8.7
9.2
8.4
7.9
7.0
6.0
5.6
6.0

Morning humidity (%)
91
89
86
82
79
75
73
75
76
79
87
89

Afternoon humidity (%)
69
60
52
42
36
31
29
29
31
37
56
67

Sunshine (%)
48
65
75
83
90
94
97
96
93
87
66
48

Days clear of clouds
7
8
10
13
17
22
27
26
24
19
11
8

Partly cloudy days
6
7
9
9
9
6
3
4
4
6
8
6

Cloudy days
19
13
12
8
5
2
1
1
2
6
12
17

Snowfall (in)
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0

Local Seasons:

With 300 sunny days per year and an average annual temperature of 70 degrees F, San Jose is alive with activity year round. The summer tends to be the busiest season as tourists from around the world come to visit the entire area, enjoying its wonderful scenery, weather, entertainment and attractions. Summer daytime temperatures reach into the mid 80’s F but with very little humidity it’s quite comfortable. Perfect for taking advantage of the many outdoor activities available. In the evening, the temperature drops into the 50’s, just cool enough for a leisurely stroll after dinner at one of the areas fine restaurants. Spring and fall are pleasant, although cooler, as well. Spring brings the average temperature to about 60 F and fall is slightly higher. Although there is a winter season, the daytime temperatures rarely fall below 60 F, making it an ideal time to take advantage of the beautiful scenery. One thing to keep in mind when visiting this California city is that “California Casual” is the dress code for daytime and most evening outings. From November until spring, a light sweater is advisable during the day and a light jacket for the evenings. It’s the perfect setting for a perfect visit.

How to Get There:

By Air

San Jose International Airport – Norman Y Mineta

408-501-7600

Conveniently located only three miles from downtown San Jose, the airport is served by many of the national and internationally recognized airlines as well as certain local and regional carriers.

Ground Transportation:

Rental car companies, limousine service, taxis, light rail, bus, and shuttle services are available at the airport as well as throughout the city

By Car

Easily accessible from the north via Highway 101 (San Francisco) or I-880 (Oakland) or from the south via I-880, San Jose is easy to find.

By Train

Amtrak

65 Cahill Street
San Jose, CA 95110

800-USA-RAIL

By Bus

Greyhound

70 S Almaden Ave.
San Jose, CA 95113

408-295-4151

How to Get Around:

As with most California cities, the best way to get around is by car, either personal or rental. Getting to and around by car is effortless via four major freeways (Highway 101, Interstate 280, 880 and 680). In addition there is a modern public transportation system. Caltrain, light rail and a fleet of buses navigate throughout San José and into neighboring cities, and reasonably priced rental cars and taxi services are also available.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day- Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day- 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day- 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day- last Mon. in May

Independence Day- July 4

Labor Day- 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day- 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day- Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve- Dec. 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:

Emma Prusch Farm Park

647 S King Road
San Jose, CA 95116
408-926-5555

Hours: Park hours are daily from 8:30am until sunset

Admission Charged

Emma Prusch Farm Park is the result of a generous gift from one of San Jose’s pioneer families. The property was deeded to the City of San Jose with the understanding that it become a center for learning about the region’s agricultural past.

Children’s Discovery Museum San Jose

180 Woz Way
San Jose, CA 95110-2780
408-298-5437
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Children’s Discovery Museum is a hands-on museum featuring over 150 interactive exhibits.

Children of all ages are invited to test, prod, taste, crank and tinker in the striking purple building in Discovery Meadow.

Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies

One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192
408-924-4590

Hours: Open Monday – Friday, 1pm – 5pm

Admission Charged

One of the largest collections of first and early editions of Beethoven’s music outside of Europe.

Mexican Heritage Corporation

1700 Alum Rock Avenue
San Jose, CA 95116
408-928-5510

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

The heart and soul of cultural arts can be found at the Mexican Heritage Plaza, located in the oldest and largest Mexican-American community in East San José. Capturing the spirit of Mexican traditions creates a gateway to culture history, literary arts, and visual performance. Roam the historic Chinampa, floating gardens, view contemporary art in the exhibition galleries, or enjoy one of the many theatrical performances in a 500-seat state-of-the-art-theatre.

Peralta Adobe – Fallon House Historic Site

175 West St. John
San Jose, CA 95110
408-993-8182

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

This historic site offers a unique look into San Jose’s Mexican and Spanish history through the daily lives of two prominent early San Jose families.

The adobe, built in 1797, is the city’s oldest address and the last remaining structure from El Pueblo de San Jose & de Guadalupe. Across the street, the lavish 1855 Fallon House was home to one of San Jose’s early mayors, Thomas Fallon. The mansion showcases 15 fully-furnished Victorian period rooms and also features an exhibit on Santa Clara Valley.

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

1342 Naglee Ave.
San Jose, CA 95191
408-947-3635

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, architecturally inspired by the Temple of Amon at Karnak, houses the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on exhibit in the western United States — including objects from pre dynastic times through Egypt’s early Islamic era.

San Jose Historical Museum

1650 Senter Road
San Jose, CA 95112
408-287-2290

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

The San Jose Historical Museum consists of 25 acres with 27 original and reconstructed homes, businesses, and landmarks highlighting the culture and history of San Jose and Santa Clara Valley. The museum is unique with paved streets, running trolleys and an old-fashioned Ice Cream and Candy Parlor, and a museum gift shop.

San Jose Museum of Art

110 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113
408-271-6880

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

The San Jose Museum of Art presents a full range of exhibitions with a focus on works created during the 20th Century, including painting, sculpture, installations, photography, works on paper, and video.

San Jose Museum of Quilts

110 Paseo de San Antonio
San Jose, CA 95112
408-971-0323

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10am – 5pm, Thursday: 10am – 8pm

Admission Charged

Regularly changing exhibits of quilts and textiles from around the world as well as the Museum’s own collection.

Tech Museum of Innovation

201 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113
408-294-8324

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Technology from Silicon Valley and beyond comes alive in this unique museum featuring interactive exhibits for all ages. The Tech is a place about real technology . . . changing the way people work and play, create, harness and share information, how we innovate, how we do things differently. Featuring over 250 interactive exhibits and the Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater.

Alum Rock Park

16240 Alum Rock Ave
San Jose, CA 95127
408-259-5477

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Free

Alum Rock Park is California’s first and oldest municipal park, featuring 720 acres of natural, rugged beauty where visitors can enjoy many leisure outdoor activities including hiking, horseback riding, bicycling, family and group picnics. The park has approximately 13 miles of trails including six miles of horse trails and six miles of bicycle trails. A privately operated riding stable offers trail rides in the park. In addition, there are two children’s playgrounds and a Visitor Center. Alum Rock Park is also home to the Youth Science Institute.

Kelley Park

1300 Senter Road
San Jose, CA 95112
408-277-4191

Hours: Park hours are daily from 8am to one-half hour after sunset

Admission Charged

Kelley Park is the home to Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, the Japanese Friendship Garden and the San Jose Historical Museum. Visitors may enjoy a train ride, picnicking, beautiful lawn and shade tree areas or a walk through the tranquil Japanese Friendship Garden. For those looking for more activity, visit the zoo, amusement park and play area of Happy Hollow or step back in time to the historic 1800s of San Jose at the Historical Museum.

Monopoly in the Park

Guadalupe River Park
San Jose, CA 95112
408-995-MITP

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

Monopoly in the Park is said to be the world’s biggest version of the most popular board game ever, and is San Jose’s new “larger than life” attraction. Here in the park, the real estate market is always booming, as property is traded on a 930-square foot permanent Monopoly board. Now everyone has a chance to make it big in Silicon Valley real estate.

San Jose Municipal Rose Garden

Naglee Avenue and Dana Avenue
San Jose, CA
408-277-5422

Hours: Open 8am to one-half hour after sunset

Admission Free

San Jose’s 5.5-acre Municipal Rose Garden (a one-time prune orchard) is exclusively devoted to shrubs of the rose family and features more than 3,500 rose shrubs with 189 varieties represented, including several miniature varieties. The Garden also features new rose varieties, serving as a test site for new roses before release to the general public. A favorite time to visit is early May when the acres of fragrant, majestic roses are at their most beautiful stage.

Nearby Fun:

Bonfante Gardens Family Theme Park

3050 Hecker Pass Hwy
Gilroy, CA 95020
408-840-7100

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Bonfante Gardens Family Theme Park combines the beauty of magnificent gardens with the appeal and excitement of a traditional family theme park. The park features 19 rides and 21 attractions, geared toward families with young children and garden lovers.

Paramount’s Great America

Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95052
408-988-1776

Hours: Varies by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

A universe of Nickelodeon fun, friends, and adventures burst into life at Paramount’s Great America. The stars on Nickelodeon, the network preferred by kids, come to life at one of Northern California’s favorite theme parks for family fun and thrills.

The Boardwalk

400 Beach St
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
831-423-5590

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Free, charge for attractions

The Boardwalk is a half-mile long historic amusement park next to Santa Cruz’s mile long main beach. It includes more than 34 rides and attractions (featuring two national historic landmarks: the 1924 Giant Dipper roller coaster and the 1911 Looff Carousel plus plenty of modern ride thrills), dozens of restaurants, shops, games, indoor arcades, and miniature golf.

Six Flags Marine World

2001 Marine World Parkway
Vallejo, CA 94589
707-644-4000

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Six Flags Marine World is home to America’s Favorite Thrills! It’s the country’s only combination wildlife park, oceanarium and theme park featuring over 30 thrilling rides, 35 exotic animal attractions and 10 great shows.

Blackhawk Museum

3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle
Danville, CA 95406
925-736-2277

Hours: Open Wednesday-Sunday 10am – 5pm, and holidays with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day

Admission Charged

Smithsonian affiliate with changing exhibits/artifacts from Smithsonian collections: large galleries with over 100 of the world’s greatest autos dating from the 1890’s.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Children’s Discovery Museum San Jose

180 Woz Way
San Jose, CA 95110
408-298-5437
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Children’s Discovery Museum is a hands-on museum featuring over 150 interactive exhibits.

Children of all ages are invited to test, prod, taste, crank and tinker in the striking purple building in Discovery Meadow.

History San Jose

1650 Senter Road
San Jose, CA 95112
408-287-2290

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Historical Museum is a 14 acre facility with a park-like setting including 27 original and reconstructed homes, businesses, and landmarks highlighting the culture and history of San Jose and Santa Clara Valley. The museum is unique with paved streets, running trolleys and an old-fashioned ice cream and candy parlor and cafe, and a museum gift shop. The museum offers tours.

Tech Museum of Innovation

201 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113
408-294-8324

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Technology from Silicon Valley and beyond comes alive in this unique museum featuring interactive exhibits for all ages. The Tech is a place about real technology . . . changing the way people work and play, create, harness and share information, how we innovate, how we do things differently. Featuring over 250 interactive exhibits and the Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater.

Kelley Park

1300 Senter Road
San Jose, CA 95112
408-277-4191

Hours: Park hours are daily from 8am to one-half hour after sunset

Admission Charged

Kelley Park is the home to Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, the Japanese Friendship Garden and the San Jose Historical Museum. Visitors may enjoy a train ride, picnicking, beautiful lawn and shade tree areas or a walk through the tranquil Japanese Friendship Garden. For those looking for more activity, visit the zoo, amusement park and play area of Happy Hollow or step back in time to the historic 1800s of San Jose at the Historical Museum.

Monopoly in the Park

Guadalupe River Park
San Jose, CA 95112
408-995-MITP

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

Monopoly in the Park has been called the world’s biggest version of the most popular board game ever, and is San Jose’s new “larger than life” attraction. Here in the park, the real estate market is always booming, as property is traded on a 930-square foot permanent Monopoly board. Now everyone has a chance to make it big in Silicon Valley real estate.

Nearby Fun:

Paramount’s Great America

Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95052
408-988-1776

Hours: Varies by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

A universe of Nickelodeon fun, friends, and adventures burst into life at Paramount’s Great America. The stars on Nickelodeon, the network preferred by kids, come to life at one of Northern California’s favorite theme parks for family fun and thrills.

Six Flags Marine World

2001 Marine World Parkway
Vallejo, CA 94589
707-644-4000

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Six Flags Marine World is home to America’s Favorite Thrills! It’s the country’s only combination wildlife park, oceanarium and theme park featuring over 30 thrilling rides, 35 exotic animal attractions and 10 great shows.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events & Entertainment

January

Quilt National

Held in early January

Location: Museum of Quilts and Textiles

408-971-0323

The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles hosts Quilt National, the only West Coast venue for this innovative and inventive modern-day salon for contemporary quilt art.

San Jose International Auto Show

Held in early January

Location: San Jose McEnery Convention Center

An annual exhibition of over 350 vehicles from more than 36 manufacturers. See the latest offerings from the auto industry as well as factory concepts, specialty vehicles, race cars and accessory arcade.

Spectator Sports

Held late January – mid February

Location: Kids Park

A week of favorite sports. Decorate a colorful pennant, make a football pin, or play a game of indoor hockey. Ready, set, go for a week of fun and fitness.

February

Spectator Sports

Held late January – mid February

Location: Kids Park

A week of favorite sports. Decorate a colorful pennant, make a football pin, or play a game of indoor hockey. Ready, set, go for a week of Fun and fitness.

April

Post Street Mardi Gras

Held in April

Location: Post Street, San Jose

408- 885-9283

One of the West Coast’s largest Mardi Gras Celebration is located in downtown San Jose. “The Post St. Mardi Gras”. Experience a cross between New Orleans and San Jose bringing music, dance, theatrics, food and costumes with a “New Orleans Bourbon Street” ambience that only San Jose’s historical Post Street can provide.

July

Summer Festival

Held in early July

Location: Bus Barn Theatre

Bus Barn Stage Company’s annual adventurous summer festival, where they present seldom seen one person shows, premiere staged reading of new plays, and explore concert productions of rare musicals.

October

Arab Film Festival

Held in mid October

Location: Park Avenue, San Jose

415-564-1100

This is the Bay Area’s largest event spotlighting a variety of films and videos reflecting different aspects of the Arab world.

November

Christmas in the Park

Held in late November

Location: Caesar Chavez Park

Celebrate 25 years of holiday magic on November 26, when Christmas in the Park and the Annual City Tree Lighting takes place in downtown San Jose’s Plaza de Cesar Chavez at 5:30pm.

Winter Wonderland

Held in late November – early January

Location: Downtown San Jose

The 60 foot tall classic Ferris Wheel and the colorful, old-fashioned Carousel make this a must-do tradition for the family year after year. The festive lights of the Winter Wonderland brighten up downtown from the San Jose Repertory Plaza, the Fairmont Paseo, to the corner of San Carlos and First St.

Gingerbread Contest Exhibition

Held late November – early January

Location: Coyote Museum

650-340-7573

Let your imagination run wild with your gingerbread creations! Everyone is invited to participate: Individuals of all ages, families, youth groups, schools, businesses and clubs.

Entertainment

American Harp Society

Los Gatos, CA
408-370-7728

Call for performance schedule and additional information

San Jose Repertory Theatre

101 Paseo de San Antonio
San Jose, CA 95113

408-367-7266

Call for performance schedule

The South Bay’s only fully professional residential theater company offering a wide variety of contemporary and classic plays.

South Bay Guitar Society

19 N. 2nd Street, # 102
San Jose, CA 95113
408-292-0704

Call for performance schedule

The South Bay Guitar Society hosts concerts and events for fans of the classical guitar, as well as more general interest guitar events.

Sports:

San Jose Earthquakes

Professional Soccer

408-260-6300

Call for game schedule

San Jose Giants

Class A Minor League baseball

Games played at Municipal Stadium

408-297-1435

Season runs April – September, call for schedule

Class A Minor League affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.

San Jose Saber Cats

Professional Arena Football

Games played at the HP Pavilion

408-573-5588

Season runs April – August, call for game schedule

Professional arena football played in the HP Pavilion at San Jose.

San Jose Sharks

Professional Ice Hockey

Games played at the HP Pavilion

408-287-4275

Season runs October – April, call for game schedule

Professional Ice Hockey League games played in the HP Pavilion at San Jose.

San Jose Spitfires

Ladies Professional Baseball

800-729-8700
Call for location and game schedule

San Jose Stealth

Member of the National Lacrosse League

408-999-5700

8 home games played in the HP Pavilion

Call for schedule

Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States today, and after attending one game, you’ll understand why – it’s fast, exciting, and it is lots of fun – “Action That’s Off the Radar”.

Sacramento, California

A- Overview:
Sacramento is not only the capital of the largest state in the Union, it is also a unique historical and cultural center. Sacramento’s history rested on a few pioneers and Indians for until gold was found nearby in the 1840’s. Within weeks, Sacramento and the entire area became the busiest and most bustling part of the entire nation as thousands came west to strike it rich in the great Gold Rush. Sacramento has done a great deal to preserve the relics of that time.
This city has a pioneer feel, particularly in some of the museums and in its capitol building. Of special note, the old Sutter’s Mill and Fort have been preserved and rebuilt. It’s a fascinating place to visit, full of history and excitement of the Gold Rush years. Other museums and attractions allow visitors to participate in the Gold Rush culture, panning for gold in the river or seeing how the early forty-niners lived.

Children’s attractions abound in Sacramento, making it a wonderful destination for families. The Discovery Museum is a hands-on replica of Sacramento as it was in 1854. The state Indian Museum has a great deal to teach children about Sacramento’s earliest residents. Of course, children love the old Gold Rush exhibits and the stories they have to tell.

Sacramento is the capital of a state with 33 million residents, but it has retained an independent air. From Indian land to Gold Rush to the present, Sacramento has seen a wealth of changes, yet it has remained a beautiful destination celebrated for its wonderful scenery and blooming flowers. Sacramento is often overlooked during visits to California, but surely it would be a mistake to miss visiting such a historic and friendly city.

B- City Information:
Population: 407,018

Elevation: 20 feet above sea level

Land Area: 97.2 square miles

Location: Located 91miles northeast of San Francisco, California at the intersections of Interstate 5 from the north and south and Interstate 80 from the northeast and southwest

Time Zone: Pacific Time Zone (when it’s noon in Sacramento, it’s 2pm in Chicago and 3pm in New York City). Sacramento observes Daylight Savings Time from April – October

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
47.3
52.4
55.9
60.4
66.8
72.6
76.5
75.8
72.8
65.5
54.2
46.8

High temperature (°F)
54.5
61.4
65.9
72.7
80.9
88.2
93.2
92.0
88.1
78.7
64.0
54.5

Low temperature (°F)
40.1
43.4
45.7
48.0
52.6
57.0
59.7
59.5
57.5
52.2
44.4
39.1

Precipitation (in)
4.0
3.7
3.0
1.1
0.6
0.2
0.0
0.1
0.4
0.9
2.4
2.6

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precipitation
10
9
9
5
3
1
0
0
1
3
7
9

Wind speed (mph)
7.1
7.3
8.4
8.6
9.0
9.6
8.9
8.4
7.4
6.4
6.0
6.4

Morning humidity (%)
91
89
86
83
82
78
77
78
77
79
87
88

Afternoon humidity (%)
70
61
53
44
38
32
30
29
31
37
57
67

Sunshine (%)
48
65
74
82
90
94
97
96
93
86
66
49

Days clear of clouds
7
8
10
12
17
22
27
26
24
19
10
8

Partly cloudy days
6
7
9
10
9
6
3
4
4
6
8
6

Cloudy days
19
13
12
8
5
2
1
1
2
6
12
17

Snowfall (in)
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0

Local Seasons:

As the Capitol of California, this city is bustling year-round; however, summers tend to be busier as tourists come to visit the wine country as well as other major cities within California. The weather in Sacramento is delightful all year. High temperatures in the summer can get into the 90’s F mid-day; however they drop to the 50’s F at night, allowing for a variety of activities to be experienced. Winters are just right for outdoor activities during the day and enjoying a fine meal by a warm fire at night. Spring and fall offer much of the same with relatively warm temperatures during the day and cooling off at night. No matter what the season or what the reason for your visit, this California Capital welcomes you.

How to Get There:

By Air

Sacramento County Airport

6900 Airport Blvd.

Sacramento, CA 95837

916-929-5411

Sacramento International Airport is the gateway to Northern California destinations and major cities across the U.S, and the world. Service is available from many major carriers as well as certain local and regional airlines.

San Francisco International Airport is located approximately 2 hours (110 miles) southwest of Sacramento and is sometimes used by visitors.

By Car

Sacramento is easily accessible by car from the north and south via Interstate 5 and from the southeast and northwest via Interstate 80.

By Train

Amtrak

401 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

800-USA-RAIL

By Bus

Greyhound

715 L ST.
Sacramento, CA 95814

916-444-6858

How to Get Around:

By far the best way to get around is by either personal or rental car. The sites and attractions of the city as well as the nearby areas are fairly well spread-out, making a car a vital necessity.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day, January 1

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the third Monday in January

President’ Day, the third Monday in February

Memorial Day, the last Monday in May

Independence Day, July 4

Labor Day, the first Monday in September

Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in November

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, December 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve, December 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
B.F. Hastings Building
916-440-4263
A reconstruction of the first chambers of the California Supreme Court occupies the second floor of this 1853 building. A Wells Fargo History Museum greets the public on the first floor.

California Military Museum
1119 2nd St.
916-442-2883
Three floors of this museum showcase more than 30,000 artifacts–uniforms, weapons, photographs, documents, medals, and flags of all kinds–that trace Californians’ roles in military and militia activities throughout U.S. history.

California State Railroad
125 I St.
916-445-6645
This 100,000-square-ft museum is the largest rail museum in North America. It features 21 locomotives and railroad cars and 46 exhibits. Visitors can experience all aspects of the railroad throughout its history in this enormous museum.

Capitol
Capitol Mall and 10th St.
916-324-0333
Built in 1869, California’s Capitol features a 120-ft-high rotunda of amazing beauty. The rooms are beautifully decorated, and the legislative chambers are in the style of the 1890’s. The capitol park has impressive flower gardens and memorials.

Central Pacific Passenger Depot
930 Front St.
916-445-6645
At this reconstructed 1876 station there are plenty of exhibits and rides on a steam-powered train. The train makes a 40-minute loop along the Sacramento riverfront.

Crocker Art Museum
216 O St.
916-264-5423
The Crocker is the oldest art museum in the American West. Its extensive collections feature art from Europe, America and California.

Discovery Museum
101 I St.
916-264-7057
This children’s museum is a replica of the 1854 City Hall and Waterworks. The many hands-on exhibits include sifting for gold, walking into an Indian thatched hut, and viewing the print shop of the old Sacramento newspaper.

Governor’s Mansion
1526 H St.
916-323-3047
This 15-room Renaissance style house was built in 1877 and was used by Ronald Reagan when he chose a new home. The mansion is said to have been one of the first homes in California to have an indoor bathroom.

State Indian Museum
2601 K St.
916-324-0971
This museum focuses on the Indians of California and offers arts-and-crafts exhibits, as well as a demonstration village. A ten-minute video fully explores the history and life of California’s Indian population.

Sutter’s Fort
2701 L St.
916-445-4422
Sacramento’s earliest settlement was founded in 1839; today, visitors can go on a self-guided tour of the fort. Demonstrations of food preparation and firearms maintenance complete this interesting look at pioneer California.

Towe Auto Museum
2200 Front St. (one block off Broadway)
916-442-6802
With over 100 cars, including a 1931 Chrysler, a 1960 Lotus, and a bullet-proof Cadillac limousine once used by the U.S. State Department, this museum will interest auto enthusiasts of all persuasions. A 1920s roadside café and garage exhibit complete the museum.

Columbia State Historic Park
14 mi south of Angels Camp, Hwy. 49 to Parrots Ferry Rd.
209-532-4301
Called the Gem of the Southern Mines, this park sits in the heart of gold-rush country. Visitors can ride a stagecoach, pan for gold, or watch a blacksmith working at his anvil.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
California Military Museum
1119 2nd St.
916-442-2883
Three floors of this museum showcase more than 30,000 artifacts–uniforms, weapons, photographs, documents, medals, and flags of all kinds–that trace Californians’ roles in military and militia activities throughout U.S. history.

California State Railroad
125 I St.
916-445-6645
This 100,000-square-ft museum is the largest rail museum in North America. It features 21 locomotives and railroad cars and 46 exhibits. Visitors can experience all aspects of the railroad throughout its history in this enormous museum.

Capitol
Capitol Mall and 10th St.
916-324-0333
Built in 1869, California’s Capitol features a 120-ft-high rotunda of amazing beauty. The rooms are beautifully decorated, and the legislative chambers are in the style of the 1890’s. The capitol park has impressive flower gardens and memorials.

Central Pacific Passenger Depot
930 Front St.
916-445-6645
At this reconstructed 1876 station there are plenty of exhibits and rides on a steam-powered train. The train makes a 40-minute loop along the Sacramento riverfront.

Crocker Art Museum
216 O St.
916-264-5423
The Crocker is the oldest art museum in the American West. Its extensive collections feature art from Europe, America and California.

Discovery Museum
101 I St.
916-264-7057
This children’s museum is a replica of the 1854 City Hall and Waterworks. The many hands-on exhibits include sifting for gold, walking into an Indian thatched hut, and viewing the print shop of the old Sacramento newspaper.

Governor’s Mansion
1526 H St.
916-323-3047
This 15-room Renaissance style house was built in 1877 and was used by Ronald Reagan when he chose a new home. The mansion is said to have been one of the first homes in California to have an indoor bathroom.

State Indian Museum
2601 K St.
916-324-0971
This museum focuses on the Indians of California and offers arts-and-crafts exhibits, as well as a demonstration village. A ten-minute video fully explores the history and life of California’s Indian population.

Sutter’s Fort
2701 L St.
916-445-4422
Sacramento’s earliest settlement was founded in 1839; today, visitors can go on a self-guided tour of the fort. Demonstrations of food preparation and firearms maintenance complete this interesting look at pioneer California.

Towe Auto Museum
2200 Front St. (one block off Broadway)
916-442-6802
With over 100 cars, including a 1931 Chrysler, a 1960 Lotus, and a bullet-proof Cadillac limousine once used by the U.S. State Department, this museum will interest auto enthusiasts of all persuasions. A 1920s roadside café and garage exhibit complete the museum.

Columbia State Historic Park
14 mi south of Angels Camp, Hwy. 49 to Parrots Ferry Rd.
209-532-4301
Called the Gem of the Southern Mines, this park sits in the heart of gold-rush country. Visitors can ride a stagecoach, pan for gold, or watch a blacksmith working at his anvil.

E- Events & Entertainment:

Events

February

Waterfront Crab Fest

Held in early February

Location: Waterfront Park on Front Street

916-442-8575

Crab fest is back in the tent at Waterfront Park on Front Street in Old Sacramento. Plenty of all you can eat fresh hot cooked crab, pasta, salad and anti-pasta, spirits, dancing and entertainment from 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

March

Festival Italiano

Held in late March

Location: Dante Club

916-359-0618

A fun-filled evening of good food, wine and entertainment, including a delicious Italian dinner, door prizes and an Italian auction.

Women’s History Day

Held in late March

Location: Old Sacramento

916-558-3912

Join the Old Sacramento Living History Program re-enactors as they demonstrate what life was like for women in the late 1800’s as they struggled to make their mark. Witness sufferance rallies, protests and other scenes featuring the struggles that women faced.

April

Steam-powered Excursions

Held April – October

Location: California State Railroad Museum

916-445-6645

Regular steam-powered excursion trains depart Saturdays and Sundays on-the-hour 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from the Central Pacific Freight Depot and Public Market in Old Sacramento. Climb aboard the Museum’s Sacramento Southern Railroad every weekend for a relaxing 40-minute, 6-mile roundtrip ride on the banks of the Sacramento River. Experience the sights, smells, and sounds of a real, working steam locomotive as it pulls vintage passenger coaches and converted freight cars along a former Southern Pacific Railroad branch line.

Sacramento Valley Scottish Games & Festival

Held in late April

Location: Yolo County Fair Grounds

916- 557-0764

Traditional Scottish Competitions that began more than a century ago. Three days of fun and games including sheepdog trails, tug-o-war, bagpipe bands, fiddling, harping and vendors peddling Scottish wares.

Annual Festival de la Familia

Held in late April

Location: Cal Expo

916-443-6223

An annual celebration of Latino culture featuring luscious food, live entertainment and lots of fun.

May

Annual Designer Showcase House

Held in early – mid May

Location: In Sacramento’s Sierra Oaks neighborhood

916-437-1649
The Junior League of Sacramento presents its Annual Designer Showcase House.

Sacramento County Fair

Held in early May

Location: Cal Expo

916-263-2975

Exotic petting zoo, children’s hands-on activities and thousands of exhibits.

Senior Games Sacramento Sports Classic

Held in mid May

Location: Varies throughout Sacramento

916-277-6046

Interested in participating in competitive sports? The California Senior Games Sacramento Sports Classic is an annual event that offers athletic competition for adults age 50 years and older. The games are a multi-sport event for men and women patterned after the “Olympics” and held at various locales throughout the Sacramento area. There are 20 various sporting events offered such as, archery, basketball, bowling, cycling, race walk, rowing, soccer, swimming, tennis, and track and field. Competitors from all over Northern California participate each year. The Senior Games offers something for everyone’s skill level and interest.

The West Coast Brewer’s Festival

Held in mid May

Location: Sacramento Miller Park

The West Coast Brewers Festival celebrates the significance of California, Washington and Oregon in the development of the Micro Brew industry.

Jazz Jubilee

Held in late May

Location: Varies in Sacramento

One of the world’s largest traditional jazz festivals presents more than 125 bands from around the world and across the United States each year on Memorial Day weekend. In addition to the best traditional jazz, the festival includes several other jazz-related music styles such as big band, barbershop, blues, gospel, Latin jazz/salsa, swing, Western swing and zydeco.

June

Pony Express Re-Ride

Held in early June

Location: Old Sacramento

916-558-3912

Pony Express riders gallop west across the historic Pony Express Trail of 1860 – 1861 and end their 1,966 mile route in Old Sacramento at the Pony Express.

Juneteenth Celebration

Held in mid June

Location: Granite Regional Park

916- 808-7739

A Celebration of Freedom. Thousands gather at Granite Regional Park for a festive day of entertainment. Juneteenth begins with a Friday night Gospel concert, followed by Saturday in the park and The Black Rodeo on Sunday at Cal Expo.

July

Renaissance Faire

Held mid July – mid August

Location: Stafford Lake Park, Marin County

415-897-4555

The wildly authentic pleasures and colorful pageantry of a lusty Elizabethan country fair are brought to vivid life by the Heart of the Forest Renaissance Faire, bursting with high spirits and ancient seasonal traditions.

Sacramento French Film Festival

Held in mid July

Location: Crest Theatre

916-453-1723

Dedicated to celebrating the present as well as the history of French cinema by showing new French films as well as rarely seen French classics. Since its inception, the Festival has also involved the Sacramento art community by including short films from Sacramento filmmakers in its selection and original artwork by a Sacramento photographer in its posters.

Annual Strauss Festival of Elk Grove

Held in late July

Location: Elk Grove Park

916-714-2527

Features elegantly costumed dancers and professional symphony musicians. The setting is a grassy knoll at the edge of a lake surrounding a small island in Elk Grove Park.

Bridge to Bridge Waterfront Festival

Held in late July

Location: Waterfront

916-808-7777

The most fun on the river without a boat. Visitors enjoy a weekend in Old Sacramento of watercraft displays and activities featuring antique boats, personal water-craft races, high-performance power boat rallies, U.S. Coast Guard safety and rescue demonstrations, and much more.

Eppie’s Great Race

Held in late July

Location: Held along the scenic American River Parkway in Sacramento, Rancho Cordova and Folsom.
916-875-6640

One of the world’s oldest triathlons: Run – 5.82 miles. Bike – 12.5 miles. Paddle – 6.35 miles.

August

California State Fair

Held in late August – early September

Location: Cal Expo

916-263-3000

Big name entertainment, thrilling rides, exciting midway, irresistible food; oodles of events and fun for the whole family make The State Fair a popular event.

September

Gold Rush Days

Held in early September

Location: Sacramento

916-264-7777

The excitement of the California Gold Rush is brought to life during Sacramento’s annual Gold Rush Days festival, held over the Labor Day Weekend.

Annual Greek Food Festival

Held in early September

Location: Sacramento Convention Center

916-443-2033

One of the most prominent heritage festivals in Sacramento, this celebration is devoted to the traditional foods, entertainment and displays of the Greek community.

Grape Escape

Held in mid September

Location: Crocker Park

916-808-7777

Sacramento’s Annual Capital Regional Wine & Food Celebration takes place at Crocker Park.

October

Fall Harvest Festival

Held most of October

Location: Old Sacramento

916-558-3912

Old Sacramento brings the popular Halloween Festival back, “Fall Harvest Festival.” This annual event promises Halloween-themed fun, train rides and family entertainment on weekends to usher in fall.

Festival of Cinema

Held in early October

Location: Crest Theatre

Created in 1995 to showcase the talents of local and international filmmakers, the Festival of Cinema is the community’s premiere film arts showcase and a centerpiece for the arts in Northern California.

Sacramento International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Held in early October

Location: Crest Theatre
916-319-2348

Sacramento Fall Home Show

Held in early October

Location: Cal Expo

The show is held at Cal Expo and is the place to find hundreds of home and garden products and ideas.

American River Salmon Festival

Held in early October

Location: Nimbus Fish Hatchery, Lake Natoma

916-358-2884

The Annual Festival takes place at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery, Lake Natoma. Watch them go back in the river and experience their dramatic return!

Annual “Magic of Kids” Family Festival

Held in early October

Location: Sacramento City College

916-576-3300

Features free activities, magicians, music, dance, theater performances, law enforcement and fire department displays and educational demonstrations.

November

California New Car Show

Held in mid November

Location: Cal Expo

916-263-3000

Car enthusiasts have plenty to celebrate when they get a look at the new and innovative cars at Cal Expo.

The 28th Annual Northern California Model Railroad Show

Held in mid November

Location: Placer County Fairgrounds

916-772-7502

The West’s Premier Model Railroad Show!

Harvest Festival

Held in mid November

Location: Sacramento

800-321-1213

One of the largest arts and crafts show on the West Coast. Attendees can meet and buy directly from America’s top artisans, enjoy entertainment and satisfy their taste buds with delicious festival cuisine.

America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar

Held in late November

Location: Cal Expo

503-282-0974

Cal Expo has 300+ booths, filled to the brim with selections galore for Christmas gift giving.

December

Annual California International Marathon

Held in early December

Location: Sacramento

916-983-4622
A 26-mile, 385-yard point-to-point road race, a 4-person Marathon Relay Challenge, a 2.62-mile maraFUNrun/Fitness Walk and entertainment are included at this exciting event.

Heritage Holidays

Held early – late December

Location: Old Sacramento

916-558-3912

This annual event promises magical holiday cheer to all who visit Old Sacramento. For the two weeks leading up to Christmas, merchants have extended holiday hours. Stroll the beautifully decorated boardwalks and historic buildings featuring thousands of white lights.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Celebration

Held on New Year’s Eve

Location: Old Sacramento

916-808-7777

The City of Sacramento celebrates the New Year on the waterfront in Old Sacramento. Along with two fireworks shows, the event features live music, food and drink vendors, a children’s stage hosted by top entertainers and live performances from local acts.

Arts and Entertainment

Sacramento Ballet

1631 K Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

916-552-5800

Call for performance schedule

Don’t miss the latest spectacular season.

Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra

3400 3rd Ave.

Sacramento, CA 95817
916-732-9045

Call for performance schedule

Sacramento Opera

3811 J St
Sacramento, CA 95816
916-737-1000

Call for performance schedule

Sacramento Opera has been a Guild, a Committee, an Association, another Guild and finally the Association of today.

Sacramento Theatre Company

1419 H Street

Sacramento, CA 95816

916-443-6722

Call for performance schedule

Enjoy Broadway in Sacramento.

Sports

Sacramento Kings

Professional Basketball

Games played at the Arco Arena
One Sports Parkway
Sacramento, CA 95834
916-928-0000

Season runs October – April