Try downtown Sacramento (without a car)

Take the train and enjoy the capital city's walking-friendly center

Kate Washington


Sacramento's downtown is near the junction of I-5 and the Capital City Fwy./Business I-80. If driving, exit I-5 at J St. and follow signs to attractions. By rail, take Amtrak's Capitol Corridor train (from $7 one-way; 877/974-3322) to the Sacramento station; downtown's core is an easy five-block walk to the southwest.


Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park After serving as an orphanage for decades, the Stanfords' lavish downtown mansion has been meticulously restored to gilded Victorian-era splendor. INFO: Hourly tours 10-4; $8; 800 N St.; 916/324-0575.

State Capitol Museum and Park Take a free hourly tour, or wander on your own. Grab a guide to historic plantings in the surrounding park, a refreshing green space that employs water-saving methods (check out the demonstration garden in the southwest corner). INFO: 10th St. at L St.; 916/324-0333.


Temple Fine Coffee and Tea Temple is serious about coffee, offering rare beans and roasts to order, and hosting tastings and classes. INFO: Tastings from $5; 1014 10th St.; 916/443-4960.

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