This article is from the Sacramento FAQ, by David F. Prenatt, Jr. with numerous contributions by others.
Visitors to Sacramento usually find Old Sacramento ("Old Sac") very
entertaining. Old Sac could be termed a tourist trap, but it is also
an authentic blast from the past, with such attractions as the Wells
Fargo Museum. For more information about Old Sac, readers with a web
browser may visit the Old Sacramento Home Page on the World Wide Web
Old Sac is connected by a footpath to the Downtown Plaza, a
charming shopping mall with an open-air roof. The Downtown Plaza has
several unique stores and displays along with several nightclubs
connected into one big night club (America Live). Parking at the
Downtown Plaza is free for 3 hours with validation from one of the
stores there; 4 hours if you eat at one of the restaurants.
At the east end of the Downtown Plaza, you will run into the K
Street Mall. This is signaled by a change in architecture, from a two
story building with an open air roof to a mall with no roof at all.
Meanwhile, you will notice that the tracks of the light rail run down
the middle of the mall. The best time to visit the K Street mall
(during the summer) is on Thursday night for the Street Fair.
To the south of the K Street mall is the state capitol. A number
of interesting exhibits and displays are located in the capitol
building (open seven days a week), the state courts building (housing
the State Court of Appeals and the California Supreme Court; open
business hours on weekdays), and the state offices building (open
business hours on weekdays). To the west of these state buildings is
Sutter's Fort at 27th St and L St, a place to which every visitor or
resident of California should make a pilgrimage. A number of other
museums are also located in and around the state building. For more
information on places of interest in Sacramento, see Section 5.