Buildings and places in the Sacramento area that are also California State Parks


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — California has more state and national parks than any other state in America, with 270 and 9 respectively.

While state governments manage state parks, the federal government manages national parks, although both receive protection for their natural beauty, historical significance, and recreational functions.

Northern California has dozens of state parks, and living in the capital metro area means you’ve probably visited at least one without knowing it.

California State Capitol

Built in 1874, the California State Capitol is the central location of the California government. Tours are open to visitors to see the historic offices of the Secretary of State, Treasurer, and Governor of the State of California. Part of the building is a museum and the rest is a functional office for the legislators and the governor.

Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park

The Governor’s Mansion is the historic official residence of the Governor of California. Built in 1877 and purchased by the California government in 1903, 14 governors call the historic estate home. The last governor to live there was Jerry Brown.

Old Sacramento State Historic Park

Old Sacramento State Historic Park is one of California’s most historic landmarks. With more than 50 historic buildings representing the Gold Rush and the era of the Pony Express postal system, Old Sacramento leads the West with the most buildings of historical significance compared to other similar areas of its size. 296 acres.

State Indian Museum State Historic Park

Inaugurated in 1940, the State Indian Museum reflects the three themes of California native life: nature, spirit and family. Visitors can learn about the history of California’s native population through historical exhibits and photographs.

Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park

Sutter’s Fort is located in Midtown Sacramento and is considered the economic center of the first European settlement in California’s Central Valley. Sutter’s Fort catalyzed the California Gold Rush after James W. Marshall discovered gold at Sutter’s Mill in 1848. Self-guided tours are open to the public daily.

Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park

The Leland Stanford Mansion reflects the height of the Victorian era in California. On a tour of this 19,000 square foot mansion, you’ll see 17-foot ceilings, 19th-century crystal light fixtures, historic paintings, and more. Today, the historic estate is open to the public and serves as California’s official welcome center for world leaders.

California State Railroad Museum

Located in Old Sacramento, thCalifornia State Railroad Museum is an important tribute to the “iron horse” that is credited with connecting California to the rest of the world. Visitors can tour the museum and see its 21 restored locomotives and wagons, some of which date back to the 1860s.


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