Sacramento, the capital city of California, nestled in a serene valley filled with leafy canopies, is a cosmopolitan junction with interesting sights, monuments, restaurants and burgeoning nightlife. With a pleasant weather throughout the year and a virtual cornucopia of art, Sacramento has evolved to become a tourists paradise. A plethora of luxurious villas has made it a center of attraction for the rich and affluent. Often mistaken to be a sleepy town, it has a lot to offer its visitors, as it has an extensive range of historic and educational attractions, which can entertain people from all walks of life. Its museums and historical parks make it one of the most interesting holiday spots. Some of the historical sites and monuments are as follows:
Sacramento Historic City Cemetery: Ornamented with statues, markers and lush gardens, the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery is the resting place of many remarkable citizens of California. It is an outdoor museum, which has a record of history of California, from the Gold Rush era till date. Established in 1849, this historic site demonstrates the diversity of history and culture of California.
Captain John Sutter constructed it with a donation of ten acres. It has been designed according to the Victorian Garden style that was popular throughout the mid and late 1800s. Being the oldest cemetery of Sacramento, you can find the burial sites of the mayors of Sacramento and the governors of California, memorials to civil war veterans, volunteer firemen, and the victims of the 1850 cholera epidemic inside its premises. It has a park-like setting for exploring the history of the area. Old City Cemetery Committee docents offer free guided walking tours of the historic cemetery to its visitors.
California State Military Museum: Located at 1119 Second Street in the Old Sacramento State Historical Park, California State Military Museum is the official military museum as well as the historical research center of the State of California. Its a walking distance from the State Capital, the California State Railroad Museum and a number of other museums, parks and tourist attractions. Arnold Schwarznegger signed legislation on 13 July 2004 that amended the Government Code, which made it the official military museum of the state.
Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park: This museum once housed governors of California for more than 60 years. Being fully restored according to Second Empire-Italianate architecture, the mansion features personal items and furnishings left by the various families that occupied it, for example Governor Pardees Steinway piano, the plum colored velvet sofa and chairs that were bought by Mrs. Hiram Johnson, the hand-tied Persian carpets left behind by Mrs. Earl Warren, to name a few.
California Peace Officers’ Memorial: This memorial was built by a small group of peace officers who felt the need to create a remembrance for their fallen comrades. This dream was realized when Governor Jerry Brown signed the SCR94. These officers then went to work, raising funds and devising ideas for the memorial. The ideas took the form of a memorial case, the leather bound book containing the names of the people in whose memory it was made, and two hand crafted swords symbolizing the Spartan warrior and the peace-keeper. Every year, during the week of May 15, groups of people gather to honor the memory of a member of their family. Since 1977, the California Peace Officers Memorial ceremonies have been conducted to honor the officers fallen in the line-of-duty the preceding year.
Besides all these wonderful sites and monuments, Sacramento wine tours also attract a lot of people. You can gain a lot of knowledge about the different kinds of wine just by taking a wine tour in Sacramento. Moreover, you can also experience unique wine tasting sessions accompanied by wine experts.
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