10 Best Things To Do Alone In Sacramento, California

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Sitting at the confluence of the Sacramento and American rivers in the US state of California is the capital city of Sacramento, a major financial and cultural centre. The Mediterranean-like climate makes it a preferred holiday destination for holidaymakers globally. Sacramento is more than just a financial city of the United States. The city’s cool culture promotes and encourages creative artists engaged in performing and visual arts, music, film and LGBTQ rights. The city’s museums, parks and other attractions are evident of this fact. Sacramento is not just for families. It has enough things to do for a solo traveller, to have one of the best times on their holiday. We have put together a list of things to do alone in Sacramento. Read on to find out what interests you the most.

1. Hike through Effie Yeaw Nature Center

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If you are travelling solo in Sacramento, a hike through Effie Yeaw Nature Centre is an interesting activity to indulge in. You will find several other solo travellers as well on the route, trekking along the trail of this 100 acres of riparian woodland. The walk will take you back in time when you see the replica of villages of Nisenan Maidu native peoples, apart from a plethora of indigenous and non-native plants and animals all along the trail. Nature is preserved and so horses, bicycles, and dogs are not allowed.

Effie Yeaw Nature Center

Address: 2850 San Lorenzo Way, Carmichael, CA 95608, USA

Website: Effie Yeaw Nature Center

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 9am - 4pm (closed on Mon)

Price: 2 USD (donation)

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2. Check out the art galleries at Second Saturday

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Every month, local artists and merchants join to support the city’s art scene with community events known as Art Walks. These Art Walks offer a fair and easy opportunity to showcase and enjoy the art scene in the neighbourhoods, that brings artists and art lovers together. A walk around these art galleries is bliss as you are immersed in the world of creativity. The first walk in Pioneer Square was started way back in 1981 and only became more popular since then.

2nd Saturday Art Walk

Address: 1731 L St, Sacramento, CA 95814

Website: 2nd Saturday Art Walk

Opening hours: 5:30pm - 9pm

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3. Spend some quiet time at Old Sacramento State Historic Park

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On your next solo trip to Sacramento, you can also visit the Old Sacramento State Historic Park which is also known as the Old Sac. The park was restored and opened for tourists in the 1960s. In fact, the district of Old Sacramento is a historic district in itself. The park is a cluster of prominent historical commercial structures and it is also the western terminus of the Pony Express postal system, the first transcontinental railroad, and the transcontinental telegraph and so a famous attraction in Sacramento.

Old Sacramento State Historic Park

Address: 1014 2nd St #200, Sacramento, CA 95814

Website: Old Sacramento State Historic Park

Opening hours: 10am - 5pm (daily)

Price: Free

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4. Go vintage shopping at Scout Living

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Don’t miss the vintage shopping at Scout Living, a leading design collective in Midtown Sacramento. You can buy some mid-century modern, Danish Modern, and vintage furniture and home accessories and souvenirs. Scout Living brings in products by various antique and craft dealers from the Sacramento area and sells their work. Opened in 2011, it is a popular spot in Sacramento among the local community.

Scout Living

Address: 1215 18th St, Sacramento, CA 95811

Website: Scout Living

Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 11am - 7pm; Sun: 12pm - 5:30pm (closed on mon)

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5. Visit Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park

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Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park is a major state historic site in Sacramento, California. It lies around the corner of the N Street in Downtown Sacramento, just two blocks from the State Capitol Building. The historic park is a local pride and features the 19000-sq ft (1765.2 sqm) Stanford Mansion, designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1987. It was opened for public as a museum after great restoration work, highlights grandeur and elegance of the Victorian era in California and currently the location for hosting official functions. Visit the park to witness the intricate architecture.

Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park

Address: 800 N St, Sacramento, CA 95814

Website: Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park

Opening hours: 10am - 5pm (daily)

Price: 5 to 10 USD

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6. Explore Crocker Art Museum

Crocker Art Museum
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The first public art museum founded in the Western United States, the Crocker Art Museum is still one of the leading museums in California today. The museum features the foremost display of California art and is renowned for its exquisite European drawings. It is also a prominent centre for fine arts, films and concerts. Add this to your itinerary on your next trip to California to indulge in some vibrant and fascinating contemporary art.

Crocker Art Museum

Address: 216 O St, Sacramento, California 95814

Website: Crocker Art Museum

Opening hours: Tue, Wed, Fri - Sun: 10am - 5pm; Thu: 10am - 9pm (closed on Mon)

Price: 6 USD onwards

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7. Take a nature walk at Soil Born Farms

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Nature appeals to all whether you are travelling solo or with family. On your next trip to Sacramento, you can take a nature walk at Soil Born Farms and enjoy farm activities, tours and classes. Find the best organic produce like fruit and vegetables, local honey, eggs, jams, baked goods, herbs, flowers and other special products from the farm. You can also learn about community development and enjoy classes, workshops, eco-tours, and a great way to understand nature.

Soil Born Farms

Address: 2140 Chase Dr, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Website: Soil Born Farms

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm; Sat: 8am - 12:30pm (closed on Sun)

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8. Marvel at the street art at Wide Open Walls

Our grandson with a Wide Open Walls mural
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The neighbourhoods of Sacramento flaunts graffiti and contemporary art by international artists, at Downtown, Oak Park and North Sacramento on Del Paso Blvd. the colourful and eye catchy art and a combination of various artistic styles and cultural backgrounds bring a unique diversity of murals. At times a true fest is organised for art lovers and artists to display a collection of muralist paintings.

Wide Open Walls Mural

Address: 00602850160000, Sacramento, CA 95811

Website: Wide Open Walls Mural

Opening hours: 24/7

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9. Head to California State Railroad Museum

California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento
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The California State Railroad Museum showcases restored engines and cars to exciting events and exhibits that bring the railroad to life. Located in the state park system of California, the museum features 21 restored locomotives and railroad cars dating back to as old as 1862. There’s a large scale mock-up of a construction scene high in the Sierra Nevada. Other exhibits show the influence of railroads on American society, travel as well as day-to-day life. Visit this fantastic museum to see for yourself!

California State Railroad Museum

Address: 125 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814

Website: California State Railroad Museum

Opening hours: 10am - 5pm (daily)

Price: 6 to 12 USD

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10. Enjoy Indoor SkyDiving

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If you want some adventure factor on your California visit, you can go for indoor sky diving at iFLY, the most famous and trustworthy service to make your flying dream become a reality. Fall in love with the sensation and the freedom that comes with floating on air and when you do, there’s a new & exciting sport of indoor body flight to become involved in. The total experience including your training is of 1.5 to 2 hours and is equivalent to 1.5 skydives.

iFly Indoor Sky Diving

Address: 118 Harding Blvd, Roseville, CA 95678

Website: iFly Indoor Sky Diving

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 12pm - 8pm; Fri: 12pm - 9pm; Sat: 10am - 9pm; Sun: 11am - 7pm

Price: 70 USD onwards

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All set for your next solo trip?

The golden city of Sacramento in California has many such options that it is one of the leading destinations for solo travel. The open culture and diverse activities in the city is something that all travellers long for. If you want more information on any of the above feel free to drop us a line below.

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