One of the most enjoyable things about living in Mather is how close it is to so many other wonderful places. Here are a few sights you want to make sure you see in the Sacramento area. Enjoy a Day Trip? Pack a picnic, drive just a few hours and find yourself in a completely different landscape, often with different weather!
Must See in Sacramento
Aerospace Museum of California
Touted as the finest collection of aircraft and aviation memorabilia in the west! Discover the history and future of aerospace. See aircraft from a fully restored 1932 Curtiss-Wright “speed wing” biplane to an A-10 Warthog and engines including models from pre-World War I, the first jet engine, and a J-58 jet engine that powered the SR-71 Blackbird to 3 times the speed of sound.
California Automobile Museum
See Jerry Browns old blue Plymouth, Nixons presidental limousine and much more at the California Automobile Museum.
The California Museum
California is an amazing state where options are limitless and dreams become reality. Explore the history of this wonderful place we call home.
California State Capitol Museum
At the State Capitol, the past, present and future of California interact with equal force. The building serves as both a museum and the state’s working seat of government. Visitors to the Capitol can at once experience California’s rich history and witness the making of history through the modern lawmaking process.
California State Railroad Museum
Located in Old Sacramento, the California State Railroad Museum is a complex of historic facilities and unique attractions. Widely regarded as North America’s most popular railroad museum, there is something here for everyone! Throughout the year, experience lavishly restored trains, engaging exhibits, and unique special events. Every weekend April-September, ride behind a real steam locomotive!
The Discovery Museum
The Discovery Museum of Sacramento is a family-focused educational institution dedicated to enriching the lives of local residents and visitors to the Sacramento region by encouraging the exploration of history, science and space.
Effie Yeaw Nature Center
An award-winning environmental and cultural education center located within the beautiful American River Parkway in Carmichael, California. Explore what our beautiful valley looked like before Europeans arrived.
Let your imagination run wild at Fairytale Town, a 2.5-acre children’s play park and outdoor children’s museum that brings fairytales and nursery rhymes to life!
Old Sacramento (Old Sac)
The largest collection of pre-civil war buildings west of the Mississippi this unique 28-acre National Historic Landmark District and State Historic Park is located along the beautiful Sacramento River. Bustling with activity, the district is alive with shopping, dining, entertainment, historical attractions and world-renowned museums set within the time of the California Gold Rush and the Transcontinental Railroad.
California’s Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park
California’s executive mansion, popularly known at the Governor’s Mansion, was built in 1877. Today’s guests see marble fireplaces from Italy, gold framed mirrors from France, and exquisitely handcrafted hinges and doorknobs, all of which are reminders of the Gallatins and the Victorian era. Outside some of the Mansion’s abundant vegetation includes flowers, shrubs, and trees dating back to 1877. But when visitors look behind the grape stake fence and see Governor Brown’s swimming pool built in 1959, they are reminded that the Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park is really a walk through time.
Great Day Trips
One of the most famous cities in the world is just 2 hours west of Mather. Visit the Golden Gate Bridge, ride a Cable Car and explore Chinatown. San Francisco is home to great museums, food, culture and arts. For a change, take the Amtrak California Capitol Corridor train and skip the drive.
An alpine lake situated at over 6000 feet, lake Tahoe is the jewel of the Sierra Nevada mountains and arguably one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Get in your car and ‘drive up the hill’ any time of year for natural beauty and adventure. Gamble at a casino on south shore, hike a trail, ski a mountain and much more located just 2 hours East of Sacramento.
Perched on the edge of a continent Point Reyes feels like the edge of the world. From its thunderous ocean breakers crashing against rocky headlands and expansive sand beaches through its open grasslands to its brushy hillsides and forested ridges, visitors can discover over 1000 species of plants and animals. Home to several cultures over thousands of years, Point Reyes preserves a tapestry of stories and interactions of people. Point Reyes awaits your exploration.
Napa Valley Wine Country
Napa Valley, a world famous wine area, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in California. More than five million visitors come each year. Napa Valley is home to more than two hundred wineries. With wine as a focus, great dining naturally emerged to compliment it. The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena supplies a steady stream of well-trained chefs, supplementing the already prestigious chefs drawn by Napa Valley’s reputation and locale.
Yosemite National Park
Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, Giant Sequoia groves, and biological diversity. The sheer granite cliffs of Half Dome and El Capitan will inspire you. Yosemite falls (the highest in America) will amaze you.
During the California Gold Rush tens of thousands of hopefulls flocked to the Sierra Nevada foothills just east of Sacramento. While most never made their fortune, they did leave a treasure of history and charming gold rush towns. Take an afternoon to drive highway 49 and explore the beauty and fascinating story of the Californa Gold Rush.