Historic and endlessly charming, Old Sacramento stands like a time capsule back to the era of the California Gold Rush and the Transcontinental Railroad. Designated as both a National Historic Landmark and a State Historic Landmark, there is no shortage of history within. Its presence can be felt in everything from the period architecture, transportation, the dining, and even the shops. Old riverboats dot the Sacramento River, and horse-drawn carriages line the streets alongside the railroad.
Over centuries of time the area has been prone both to disaster and success, having been the site of fires and floods while also acting as a major economic and trade area. Today it is full of novelty shops, restaurants, saloons, an old schoolhouse, and exhibits. Many of its buildings offer treats from the past, including saltwater taffy and vintage toys. Visitors can also check out the California Railroad Museum located in the area.