The capital city of California, Sacramento is a small town with big town feel — or maybe the other way around. If you love taking advantage of the California sunshine, and are looking for an apartment in Sacramento, you’re in luck: There are plenty of ways to get active in the River City.

In fact, the health and wellness experts at Sharecare once gave the city a top 5 spot in it’s list of America’s Best Cities for Fitness. Here are four of Rent.com’s favorite outdoor activities in Sacramento:

 

State Capitol Park

Outdoor Activities in Sacramento - State Capitol Park

Take a trip through Historic California in a small park on Capitol Building Grounds. There are flower gardens compiled of Civil War era flora, statues of the heroes of California and a tribute to Native American who inhabited the region.

Read: Summer Activities in Sacramento

Step indoors and you can take tours of the newly renovated State Capital including the Governor’s and other State heads offices

 

Old Town Sacramento

Outdoor Activities in Sacramento - Own Told Sacramento

Kick it old school (really old school) in the Old Sac district. This eight block part of town is refurbished to look like Sacramento when many an East Coaster took the journey out west to cash in on the Gold Rush.

Locals love the Old-timey shooting gallery, saloons and the merchants, but there are also cobblestone streets, Horse drawn carriages and even a functioning Riverboat and Railroad. When you are done, stop by the Rio Café for a glass of wine and spectacular views of the Sacramento River.

 

Sacramento River Cats

Outdoor Activities in Sacramento - Sacramento River Cats

Take in the big leaguers before they make it to “The Show.” The Oakland A’s minor league team, the River Cats have been dominating the Pacific Coast League for over a dozen years. Alumni include World Series champs Barry Zito and Nick Swisher, as well as Rookies of the Year Bobby Crosby and Eric Hinske.

The fans love coming here, not only for the game but for the in-between inning promotions and relay races featuring lucky attending kids. Compared to big league prices, the Raley Field is a steal.

 

On the Outskirts

Outskirts

Once you leave Sacramento city limits, you are in a wonderland of outdoor activities. Within just 45 minutes of the city, there are hundreds of mountain biking and hiking trails, mud run courses, river rafting—and just about anything else you can dream up.

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Just 90 minutes away are the towns of Truckee and Lake Tahoe, home to some of California’s finest skiing (and lodges, if so inclined). Make sure you are prepared, during the winter months the roads up there can be treacherous. You are, after all, going through the nefarious Donner Pass.

Have we left out your favorite Sacramento activity? Let us know in the comments.

 

[Image Sources: C.M. Keiner, Donald Childs, Jack Snell, Logan Sakai, Robert Blesse]

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