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Lodging for the American River near Sacramento, California State Capitol

Sacramento is the state capitol of California. Well-known as the "City of Trees", it is also known as "River City". Large rivers flow through the city and is approximately 45 minutes to the legendary whitewater of the South Fork American, Middle Fork American and North Fork American River.

Sacramento is also home to many sports activities including annual volleyball and golf tournaments. The Kings basketball team is located here at the ARCO Arena. Weather is warm and sunny during the spring through late fall and is ideal for world travelers looking for a central location to the Sierra Nevada's, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, San Francisco and the wine country of Napa-Sonoma.

Outdoor adventurers will find Sacramento perfect for their traveling plans. The South Fork of the American, Middle Fork American and North Fork American are the most popular whitewater rivers in the western United States and should be included on any travelers itinerary.

Hotels in Sacramento are modern and are perfect for business and travelers. Many new hotels offer views of the river and city and are in close walking distance to Sacramento's hip Mid-town District, historic Old Sacramento and broad meandering rivers. American River trips are a must do here in California and Sacramento is the central hub. Click here for a description of American River whitewater.


Hyatt Regency Sacramento - Rating AAA Four Diamond, ideally situated directly across the picturesque State Capitol and adjacent to event-filled Sacramento Convention Center. In the heart of downtown, near shopping and restaurants, the area is walkable. (916) 443.1234

Embassy Suites Sacramento - Riverfront Promenade Newly renovated, comfortable furnishings and a spectacular city view. Riverfront scenic location. (916) 326.5000

Clarion Hotel - Quiet with reflecting pools and courtyard, the Clarion is minutes away from Crocker Art Museum, Old Sacramento, California State Railroad Museum, The Sacramento Zoo and California State University. (916) 444.8000

The Sterling Hotel Sacramento - An 1894 historic Victorian home converted into a four-star hotel. Beautifully executed with charm and old world grace in the heart of downtown and in walking distance of hip Mid-Town Sacramento. Magnificent ballroom and perfect for wedding services. (916) 448.1300

Delta King - An historic, authentic large paddle-wheeled boat moored in downtown Old Sacramento with two restaurants, dinner theatres, wine school, wedding services and 44-room lodging. Go back in time on this legendary boat. AAA 3-Diamond rating. (916) 444.5464

Citizen Hotel - The only downtown Sacramento hotel offering urban luxury in a 21st century setting. Elite boutique setting with an extraordinary terrace and moments away from the State Capitol and downtown shopping. Popular and frequented by many social sets. (916) 447.2700

Sacramento Hotels from TripAdvisor to compare rates in this area.

Things to Do

The California State Capitol is the heart of California's government and is a historical, preserved California State Park building. The building features exhibits and tours and you may even see our govenor walking the halls. The surrounding park is an arboretum of trees from around the world and is adjacent to downtown shopping and restaurants.

Old Sacramento is a step back into time to the wild west where the gold rush began. Bustling with non-stop activity, Old Sacramento is adjacent to rivers, downtown and The California Railroad Museum. A National Historic Landmark District and California State Historic Park designation.

Crocker Art Museum In 1885, Margaret E. Crocker presented the gallery and the Crocker Collection "in trust for the public" in a public-private partnership with the city of Sacramento. This is one of the oldest museums in the west housing historical California art along with reknown modern artists. Gold rush history to Asian art to edgy contemporary pieces can be found here in this beautiful historic building. New building additions have expanded this museum recently.

Sacramento Mid-Town is the hip, underground pulse of California's state capitol. Boutiques, shops, restaurants, entertainment and trendy venues dot the walkable landscape. Picturesque Victorian homes and historical bungalows are intermixed with coffee shops and designer shops. Park, bike or walk and meet Sacramento's art community.

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