We hope lots of you will be joining us here in Sacramento July 24-26 for Pilates on Tour! The conference is the main draw, of course, but it’s also a good excuse to see a few of the local attractions. As you make your travel plans, consider extending your stay by a few extra days to take in more of what the region has to offer.
Sacramento, California’s capital, has a metro-area population of about 2.4 million. The city boasts an eclectic mix of residents, from young hipsters to tech innovators, and the several colleges and universities in the area contribute to the intense energy and creativity. The surrounding agricultural fields enable Sacramento to host a wide selection of farm-to-fork restaurants, while wineries, craft breweries, coffee roasters and distillers deftly handle the beverage side of the equation.
Within the city, popular attractions include the neoclassical State Capitol building, which offers guided tours, and the State Capitol Museum, featuring historical artifacts and artwork.
Sacramento was the epicenter of the Gold Rush, and a variety of historical sites, from the 19th-century commercial buildings of Old Sacramento State Historic Park to Sutter’s Fort Museum, take visitors back in time to the pioneer and Gold Rush period.
The California State Railroad Museum, one of the city’s most popular visitor destinations, features many beautifully restored locomotives and railroad cars and numerous exhibits illustrating how railroads shaped the history and culture of California and the West.
The Sacramento area also offers plenty of outdoor activities for every season, with summer favorites including floating the Sacramento River and mountain biking in the Sierra Foothills.
If you’re up for checking out the broader region, Napa is just an hour and change away, making this the perfect occasion to organize that Napa Valley tour you’ve been thinking about. Whether you’re looking for outstanding wineries and restaurants, shopping and spas, concerts and art galleries, or hiking and biking, the Napa Valley has something for everyone.
San Francisco, an hour and a half away, offers attractions such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, cable cars and brightly painted Victorian houses – plus world-class shopping, dining and culture, of course.
For those looking for stunning scenery and an extraordinary outdoor playground, Lake Tahoe is just a two hour drive. Golf, horseback riding, camping, mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, fishing and water sports of all kinds will keep you entertained for as long as your energy lasts.
These are just a few ideas to get you started. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find plenty of reasons to spend some extra time in Northern California!