This former gold rush town is once again attracting attention, with renovated neighborhoods and a new urban feeling.
Hailed as one of the "most livable" regions in America, the capital city of California is steeped in gold rush history. Old Sacramento is a 28-acre (11-hectare) historic park with more than 50 buildings marking its past as a hub for the Pony Express and the transcontinental railroad. Visitors can relive the Western glory, with horse-drawn carriage rides, pioneer exhibits, and riverboat cruises. Those bent on more modern entertainment can attend the world's largest Dixieland jazz festival, bike the American River Parkway, or tour local wineries.