101 Things to do in Sacramento | The Ultimate Bucket List

101 things to do in Sacramento, California | The Ultimate Bucket List

The best things to do in Sacramento! From popular attractions to historic sights, craft beer, and where to stay and eat, there’s a lot more to California’s capital than just politics and cows.

When deciding where to stop on a California road trip, it’s easy to pass over the state capital.

Sacramento might not be as popular as San Francisco or Los Angeles with tourists, but that’s where its charm lies.

You would be amiss to think there aren’t enough things to do in Sacramento, just because of its focus on politics and farming (weird combo, I know).

If you’re having a mental tug-of-war about whether it’s worth going so far inland for a visit, do it.

There is so much to explore and experience in Sacramento, and it’s well worth the journey inland from the coast to check out everything that this sleepy big city has to offer.

At the very least, you’ll be able to see Arnold’s smiling portrait in the capitol building and look back on that time when California decided to elect the terminator to public office. 

In Sacramento, there are politicians everywhere and suits walking the streets as you would expect, but the city is more layered than most people realize as well.

Most notably, there is endless street art, a delicious local craft beer scene, and history around every corner.

These are my picks for the top things to do in Sacramento, whether it’s your first time to the city or you’re a regular visitor.

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46 Things to do in San Francisco at Night (From a Local)

things to do in San Francisco at night

The best things to do in San Francisco at night, whether you’re looking for nightlife, romantic activities, or family-friendly options.

San Francisco is an interesting city at night. Depending on which neighborhood you’re in once the sun sets, you might think of the city as completely dead or a great place to party.

San Francisco isn’t like New York where you can go anywhere and find nightlife options or events going on in the majority of the city, no matter what day of the week it is. Sometimes you have to know where to look for fun things to do in San Francisco at night.

That’s one of the great things about the city though, there’s a little something for everyone around San Francisco.

With locals who are as equally into outdoor activities as they are with going out to trendy new bars on the weekends, there’s a good mix of options for things to do around the city.

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65 Things to Do in California (From a Local) | Ultimate Bucket List

101 Things to do in California

There are countless options for things to do in California but these are my favorites as someone who was born in the state (and who has lived here for 25+ years). 

Having lived in California for 25 of my 30 years, there’s a lot I love about this place I call home.

Although there are a lot of stereotypes about California (and Californians), you really can’t put the people or the landscape in a box – it’s much too varied.

There is SO much more to discover here than just famous people, sunshine, Hollywood, and Disneyland. 

I hope you’ll get to experience both the local aspects and tourist attractions around California through these recommendations. 

From the north to the south, these are the must-have experiences and best things to do in California no matter what time of year you’re visiting. 

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The 30 Best California Breweries to Visit

Figueroa Mountain Brewing - Santa Barbara, California - 30 California Breweries to Visit

A craft beer journey and road trip through the Golden State – your guide to the best California breweries to visit, from San Diego to Eureka.

With 570 California breweries up and down the state, the Golden State has more craft breweries than any other state in the USA.

Born and raised in California, it is also the place where I had my first experience with craft beer – Arrogant Bastard from Stone Brewery to be exact.

California is known for its craft beer culture, specifically in San Diego and San Francisco, but there are so many other breweries within the state that are worth a stop.

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Things to Do in Mendocino, California for a Weekend Getaway

Things to Do in Mendocino, California for a Weekend Getaway

Things to do in Mendocino. What you need to know to plan your own Mendocino getaway- the perfect hideaway on the northern California coast!

You might not know this, but most people’s dream California road trip is more or less a list of things to do in Mendocino.

What do you think of when you hear the words ‘California road trip’?

Perhaps it’s grand coastal views, world famous beaches, a day of cruising down Hwy 1 in a convertible with good company by your side.

You might add in a hike in a redwood forest, a sea lion colony, a night of camping in the desert, or a day of exploring one of the many national parks. In the right season, you might even add in a day of snowboarding at Mammoth after a couple days of surfing off the coast.

California has a wealth of options on hand for any traveler or local that’s adventurous at heart, and its northern city, Mendocino is home to most of those options. It’s a state that I continue to discover a little more of each time I come back.

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What to Do in Santa Cruz in Winter

What to Do in Santa Cruz in Winter

Santa Cruz isn’t just a summer beach town, it’s also a great location to explore during the winter. Discover what to do in Santa Cruz in winter.

You can’t go wrong with the little beachside town of Santa Cruz. Up until now, I’ve mainly talked about what you can do in the warm months to soak up those lovely rays of sunshine.

Today I’m here to tell you that Santa Cruz is fun all year long, by showing you about what to do in Santa Cruz in the winter.

Although it definitely gets a lot colder in the Monterey Bay than it does down in Southern California, the temperature in Santa Cruz, California stays fairly nice all year round.

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