With its flat, wide tree-lined streets and laid-back way of life, Sacramento was made for a single-speed cruiser.
Tell the folks at Practical Cycle -- in Old Sacramento just 10 blocks from the hostel -- that you're staying with us, and you'll get 10 percent off your rental.
Sacramento's newest bike shop, Practical Cycle rents single- and multi-speed bikes (locks and baskets included) for $5-8 per hour / $25-40 per day, electric bikes for $15 per hour / $50 per day, and cargo-carrying or two-person trikes and bikes for $12 per hour / $60-75 per day. Minus your discount, of course!
Armed with two wheels, there's a lot of adventuring you can do in Sacramento: Spend the day cruising the American River Parkway (there are a few beaches along the way!), pedal across town to tour Sutter's Fort or the historic City Cemetery, or take a few hours to explore the Midtown shop and restaurant scene.
American River Parkway
This 30-mile bike path stretches along the American River from Old Sacramento to Folsom Lake, passing picnic sites, swimming holes, wildlife, and more along the way. The American River Parkway Foundation has created a PDF map of the trail, and Practical Cycle put together information for a self-guided tour. Don't forget your swimsuit!
Sutter's Fort State Historic Park
This 1840s fort -- the first non-Indian settlement in California's Central Valley -- was abandoned during the Gold Rush but is now the oldest restored fort in the United States. Visit the fort (it's 1.5 miles east of the hostel) and see artifacts from the settlement as well as the infamous Donner Party -- when that group of emigrants became trapped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains on their way to California, John Sutter and his men sent aid.
Old City Cemetery and Gardens
Established in 1849 and designed to resemble a Victorian garden, the Old City Cemetery (1.5 miles south of the hostel) is an outdoor museum recording California history from the Gold Rush era through today. Wander the lush gardens, grand avenues, and historic headstones -- cemetery staff have created a self-guided tour, or docents lead tours every other Saturday.
Midtown and R Street Corridor
East of the State Capitol, covering about 24 square blocks from 16th Street to 24th, J Street to Capitol Avenue, is the core of Sacramento's Midtown -- also called "The Grid." The area has developed over the last few years into a hip, happening part of town with a variety of boutiques, restaurants, bars, cafes, and more. The San Francisco Chronicle noted in 2008 that the neighborhood had developed a different feel than the rest of Sacramento -- while business suits and nine-to-fivers populate the streets near the Capitol, Midtown has a "sophisticated bohemian vibe not typically associated with, well, Sacramento." For good eats, drinks, and sights, hostel staff also recommend a newer Midtown hub -- the R Street Corridor -- centered at R and 15th streets: Here, check out Shady Lady, Burgers and Brew, The Fox & Goose, R15, Magpie Caterers, Old Ironsides, and the Art Foundry Gallery -- all about one mile from the hostel.
Plan Your Trip
If you bring your own bike (you can bring bikes on Amtrak), bike (and baggage) storage is available at the hostel.
Book your stay at the Sacramento Hostel online, or by calling (916) 443-1691.
Stay at the historic and bike-friendly Sacramento Hostel, 10 blocks from Practical Cycle.