“America’s Most Diverse City” saw its heyday when, at the height of the California Gold Rush, it became a major distribution point, a booming commercial and agricultural center, and a terminus for wagon trains, stagecoaches, riverboats, the telegraph, the Pony Express, and the First Transcontinental Railroad. Long before the area was settled, the Nisenan and Plains Miwok tribes lived a peaceful existence beneath the sturdy oaks, their fundamental needs met by wild-harvesting the countryside rich with dietary staples, and their inadvertent gift to future settlers a legacy of careful stewardship ultimately bequeathed as little more than a faint footprint on the land that would one day become the Capitol of California. Student groups heading to Sacramento will appreciate its classic Mediterranean climate – the River City holds the notable distinction of being the sunniest location on Earth July through September.
Sacramento is a shopper’s and foodie’s dream, a veritable bonanza of cultural diversity and a “golden land” of excellent educational opportunity. Browse the finest art museums west of the Mississippi or kick back and enjoy 28 miles of gorgeous scenery aboard River Train. Charmingly western “Old Towns” treats visitors to an authentic taste of days gone by, and tours of the architecturally stunning Capitol building provide students on an educational excursion a wonderful cross-section of the city’s rich history.
The Sacramento and American Rivers promise river lovers plenty to do on their grand waterways while the historic Jedidiah Smith trail presents 32 miles of excellent riding and hiking prospects. Sutter Gold Mine tours lead more intrepid spirits into the belly of the earth, casting upon them shadows of a day in the life of a wild 49er.
The seasoned trailblazers at Adventure Student Travel are ready and waiting to map out your Sacramento trip of a lifetime. “Wagons, ho!” young prospectors!