Top 10 Tours In Sacramento, California - Updated 2024

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Being one of the most historic cities in California, Sacramento is a representative of what a top Californian city can offer. Let the tours take you to its landmarks, parks, and rivers while exploring the city with the help of local guides. You can easily sense the historic past and immerse yourself in its culture as you travel through the city on foot, by cruise, or on a hot air balloon. You will have plenty of opportunities to taste the local produce and Californian cuisine.

Here’s the run through of these top 10 picks for your visit to Sacramento!

1. Downtown Historical Tour (from USD 98.0)

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Source: Photo by user Shuvaev used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Did you know that Sacramento is called America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital? Join this Downtown Historic Tour, so you can discover it first hand with the tasting of renowned cuisine prepared using locally sourced ingredients. Just to name a few of the dishes you’ll try: heirloom tomato and provolone with spinach; pesto on a sweet ciabatta roll; wine and cheese; and fresh corn tortillas filled with Oaxaca cheese.

Your journey will start from Sacramento’s original Main Street with a historical tour.

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Downtown Sacramento Historical Food Tour

Duration: 3 hours

103 reviews

2. Sacramento Urban Adventure Quest Scavenger Hunt (from 45 USD)

This tour turns Sacramento into a giant game board for you to have fun! Urban Adventure Quest combines the fun of the Amazing Race with a 3-hour sightseeing tour into an interactive scavenger hunt. While learning about history, groups are guided using their smartphone to move about in the city to solve clues and complete challenges. Points of interest include the Capitol Building, Crest Theatre, Downtown Plaza Mall, Delta King, and Old Sacramento. You don’t need to be young in age to appreciate this tour!

Sacramento Urban Adventure Quest Scavenger Hunt

Price: from 45 USD


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3. Sutter District Tour (from USD 98.0)

Eat, walk and discover Sacramento’s history and culture at the same time as you tour round the Sutter District. Taste the meat, cheeses, and organic coffee at five or six eateries; you will get to try croque monsieur sandwiches, baked ham and gruyere cheese, chef selected artisan cured meats and cheeses, chocolate crinkle cookies, grilled pork spring rolls, bahn mi, chicken sandwich with fresh veggie toppings, and fresh roasted organic coffee with unique blends. This tour is a small group tour with a maximum of 14 participants.

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Sacramento Sutter District History and Food Walking Tour

Duration: 3 hours

14 reviews

4. Whitewater Rafting 1 Day Trip South Fork American River - Gorge Run (from 103 USD)

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Source: Photo by user Saraivee used under CC BY-SA 4.0

This is one of the most popular day trips suitable for family with children 7 years and older and also first-time rafters. Your adventure will begin with your white water-rafting at South Fork American River. Later, you’ll stop by for a river side buffet, then venture into the Gorge with 6 miles (9.6 km) of non-stop running water. Enjoy the natural beauty of California country as you float and bounce along!

Whitewater Rafting 1 Day Trip South Fork American River - Gorge Run

Price: from 103 USD


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5. Sacramento Scavenger Hunt Adventure 2017

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Source: Photo by user Steve Rouhotas used under CC BY-SA 3.0

This 3-hour scavenger hunt adventure is great for families and friends. With 2 to 5 people in a group, each group is required to decipher clues on smart phones while you explore the streets of Sacramento, the riverfront, the Old Town of Sacramento, and the artwork. You will learn the history with fun at your own pace.

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Sacramento Scavenger Hunt Adventure 3-Hour Walking Tour

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

3 reviews

6. Hot Air Balloon Ride in a Shared Basket from Rancho Murieta (from 195 USD)

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Source: Photo by user Terabass used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Have a balloon ride above California’s Gold County – you will not regret it. The one-hour balloon ride brings you across the Sierra Nevada mountains and surrounding foothills. You will have panoramic views over rivers, lakes, vineyards, and 100+ year old ranches. A post flight champagne (or non-alcoholic beverage) ceremony will be served after the completion of your tour.

Hot Air Balloon Ride in Shared Basket from Rancho Murieta

Price: from 195 USD


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7. Sacramento Historic River Cruise (from USD 29.49)

Sacramento Riverfront
Source: Photo by user DevinCook used under PUBLIC DOMAIN

Spend the afternoon on a one-hour narrated cruise. Learn about the legendary past of California’s capital city, from the first days of the Gold Rush to the booming metropolis that is here today in Sacramento, California’s capital.

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Sacramento: River Cruise with Narrated History

Duration: 1.0 hour

163 reviews

8. Midtown Arts Tour (from USD 98.0)

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Source: Photo by user Albert Bierstadt used under PUBLIC DOMAIN

This 3-hour walking tour leads you to explore Midtown Sacramento, the most lively and unique part of the city. You will walk along streets lined with murals and learn of the artists behind the art scene in Sacramento. Food tastings are one of the highlights of this tour. Typical food includes locally sourced sausage and beer, smoked BBQ pork and cheesy grits, charcuterie board with wine pairings, duck fat fries with homemade gravy, and more.

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Midtown Sacramento Arts Walking Tour with Historic Murals

Duration: 3 hours

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9. Alive After Five Cruise 2017 - Sacramento (from USD 41.0)

If you cruise along the Sac River in the evening, you will see how the city turns dark and lights up. You will board the boat at 5:30 pm and the entire journey will end at 7:30 pm. Listen to the top 40 hits with a DJ while enjoying the views of Old Town Sacramento from the river cruise. The night is still young even after the cruise.

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Alive After Five Cruise

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

10. Rock the Yacht Cocktail Cruise (from USD 46.0)

Nighttime Tower Bridge Sacramento California
Source: Photo by user Sydchrismom used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Have a party cruise along the Sacramento River! Let this 1.5-hour cocktail cruise bring you happy hour as you cruise under Tower Bridge, grab a drink (at your own expense), and dance to the music played by a local DJ or guest DJ; you will surely have fun.

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Rock the Yacht Cocktail Cruise

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

29 reviews

Savouring Sacramento at its best

To get to know Sacramento, it is best to take a tour. Narrating tours guide you through the top attractions and are packed with various experiences. Viewing the city from a hot air balloon, on a cruise, on a raft, or by foot, you will get a different perspective of Sacramento. Taste the local cuisine, as there are many flavorful memories you can make in Sacramento.

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