As California's State Capital, Sacramento is packed with history: everywhere you turn in this city, it seems, you'll run smack into an old mansion, a historic storefront, or a cobbled street. So it's fitting that Sacramento takes documenting its history very, very seriously. In fact, whatever subject you're interested in – whether it's completely esoteric or universally appreciated – chances are good that Sacramento's got a museum that's right up your alley.
So, you finally come out to California for your sun-filled, beach-tastic vacation, and what happens? It decides to rain. It's nothing personal: the Northern California weather can be indecisive, with warm snaps in the winter and rain storms pretty much any time. The good news is, the rain isn't always here to stay. And the better news is, even when it's cats and dogs outside, there are still plenty of ways to experience everything that makes Northern California special.
The brand-new General Manager over at HI-Sacramento, Marc Johnson, hasn't been in town long. This consummate traveler's fresh off a string of stints living in Washington, Texas, and even London. But even though he just unpacked his bags in Sacramento a few months ago, he can already tell there's something special about this town. "The more I see of it, the more I want to see," he says.
Bryan Biebl, a front desk associate at the Sacramento Hostel, has lived in Sacramento most of his life. He "rides bikes, designs things, and loves animals." Often cloaked in mystique, Bryan was kind enough to share his guide to Sacramento's evolving and eccentric nightlife.
The Sacramento sun seeps into my skin, vanquishing any last trace of fog that might have followed me from San Francisco. It's a toasty 95 degrees on this Saturday afternoon, and I've made the trip for the express purpose of attending the famed Sacramento Antique Faire.