Try downtown Sacramento (without a car)

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

GETTING THERE

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.

GO

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.

SIP

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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