Sacramento’s Best Guided Tours (Even For Locals)

Sacramento’s Best Guided Tours (Even For Locals)

Tours are as varied as the fish in the sea. The greater Sacramento area is big, spanning an area from the valley floor, to the foothills, and up into the mighty Sierra. How are you going to find out about all that is out there? What peaks your interest? Book a tour and prepare to be amazed at what wonders await.

Hornblower River Cruises
1206 Front Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 446-1185
www.hornblower.com

The history of Sacramento is closely bound with the mighty Sacramento River. Find out about some of that history aboard a Hornblower vessel. You’ll spend an hour cruising the river while the Captain offers live narration of the river and sights you’ll be cruising past. A little history and some fascinating facts while on the river makes this a fine tour for anyone. It’s a whole different perspective from the water, one you can only see from the deck of a boat.

Gold Bug Park and Mine
2635 Gold Bug Lane
Placerville, CA 95667
(530) 642-5207
www.goldbugpark.org

If it wasn’t for the discovery of gold in the foothills, California and Sacramento would probably be much different places today. Find out a bit about the gold rush at Gold Bug Mine in Placerville. It is a hard rock mine, and Miner Rick will take you through the Gold Bug and the Priest Mine. Incredibly, no one knows how much gold was taken out of the Gold Bug, not even Miner Rick. What you will find out is what life was like for a gold miner back when the rest of the world was beating a path to California and the gold fields.

Crocker Art Museum
216 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 808-7000
www.crockerartmuseum.org

The Crocker Art Museum is not only an important local cornucopia of California history, it is a world class art museum. The museum offers an outstanding permanent collection. It also presents exhibitions of art works by some of the most revered artists in the art world, ranging through the vast tapestry of art media. New talent, emerging talent and established talent are shown here on a regular basis. How much do you know about the Crocker and all it has to offer? Take advantage of its extensive offerings of tours to add to your knowledge of art, and perhaps to ignite your own inner artist for years to come.

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Lake Tahoe Cruises
Zephyr Cove Resort and Marina
760 U.S. Highway 50
Zephyr Cove, NV 89448
(775) 589-4906
www.zephyrcove.com

Sacramento enjoys a unique location, with the ocean not far away to the west and the mighty Sierra close by to the east. Lake Tahoe is a favorite spot for Sacramento’s families. It has an enormous and complicated history, and is an important part of California’s history and its present day economy. While there are multiple tours that are available around the lake, the cruises from Zephyr cove on an authentic paddle wheel boat are the best way to start building your knowledge of this spectacular piece of California. No matter how many times you’ve sat on the shore, the tour across the lake to Emerald Bay, and the views from the start to the finish, add an entirely new dimension to your visits to Lake Tahoe.

Downtown Sacramento Partnership
980 9th Street, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 442-8575
www.downtownsac.org

It’s time to go for a walk. It might as well be an informative and fun walk, and that’s what you’ll find with the walking tours that the DSP offers. Put on comfortable shoes and prepare to be amazed. These tours will last from one to two hours and you’ll find out more about Sacramento than you thought possible. Where is the public art? Who did what, and when? Bring your camera, as some of the places that you visit will definitely be on your “must return to see again” list. There is a big list of tours, and you might find that you’ll be intrigued enough to start walking your way through that list. In short, Sacramento is rich with wonderful places to see and learn about.

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Charles Ferris is a freelance writer who has lived in the Sierra, halfway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, for the last 37 years. In 2010 he retired from teaching after 36 years . He and his wife hike, kayak, cross country ski, snow shoe, ride mountain bikes and road bikes, year round. His work can be found at Examiner.com.