Old Sacramento, New Paths

Not everyone has the privilege of having history right outside their window. Here at Red Lion Woodlake-Sacramento, we never take for granted the rich history surrounding our Old Sacramento hotel – and we always take the opportunity to notice the ways in which it evolves.

Old Sacramento has been through hard times and boom times alike, and it shows – from the plethora of museums to the variety of shops where you can pick up mementos of your time here, Old Sacramento’s energy is unique to this city.

When you visit, you’ll be inundated with a full view of the city’s background, in the form of the 28-acre National Historic Landmark District and State Historic Park. Situated along the banks of the Sacramento River, Old Sacramento is where museums, tourist attractions, and entertainment venues co-exist with shopping and fine dining.

The railroad figures heavily in the area’s visual element, nowhere more evident than the Sacramento Southern Railroad. Hearkening back to the days of the California Gold Rush and Transcontinental Railroad, the Excursion Train Rides run by the California State Railroad Museum allow for an unusually immersive experience in Sacramento’s rail history. You can go by land and also by sea: the Delta King Riverboat, a floating hotel combined with an entertainment space and a restaurant, is equally popular and memorable. Elsewhere, Old Sacramento shows off its pedigreed past at the California Automobile Museum, located on the riverfront; there’s also the prominent monuments to the Pony Express and Theodore Judah reminding passersby of the area’s past.

If tours are your favorite way of learning and exploring, you’ll have a hard time choosing among all the options. From the ever-classic Gold Rush Tours to chilling ghost tours to fascinating underground tours of Sacramento’s very foundations, it’s possible to see Sacramento in a way you’ve never gotten to experience a city before. The only dilemma is how to choose just one.

Fortunately, Old Sacramento offers a comprehensive guide to help you. Use it and discover the pleasures of our historic city, at your own pace, with the sounds, smells and sights of the river as the backdrop.