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Cal Expo--It's fair to say the Cal Expo complex in Sacramento is a hub of activity. It's home to the California State Fair, live harness racing and Raging Waters Sacramento. The huge facility is set on 350 landscaped acres and includes 18 rental facilities and 15,000 parking spaces. Over the years, it has hosted such diverse events as the Governor's Inaugural Ball, Cirque du Soleil and the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee. Each year, the fair brings rides, exhibits and all the culinary delights you expect. Raging Waters waterpark makes a big splash with its slides, pools and tubes. Place your bets at the Cal Expo Harness Racing and Sports & Wagering Center. Live harness racing is featured and the center is open year-round for satellite betting on California and out-of-state horse racing. 

Governor's Mansion State Historical Park--Earl Warren and Ronald Reagan are among the thirteen governors who have resided in the Victorian mansion built in 1877 and purchased by the state for $32,500 in 1903.As a historic house museum, the mansion is unusual because it is not a replica or a restoration. It stands much as it did when vacated by the Reagans in 1967. Visitors walk through the accumulated history of the house seeing the furnishings and personal items left by each first family, including Governor George Pardees's 1902 Steinway Piano, the purple velvet sofa and chairs purchased by Minnie Johnson in 1911, hand-tied Persian carpets acquired by Nina Warren, and an early 1950s console TV. Marble fireplaces from Italy, gold framed mirrors from France, and exquisitely handcrafted hinges and doorknobs are all reminders of the original owners and the Victorian era. Outside, the Mansion's abundant vegetation includes flowers, shrubs, and trees dating back to 1877. And behind the grape stake fence is a swimming pool built in 1959.

Old Sacramento State Historic Park--The Gold Rush, the Pony Express and the railroad all helped put Sacramento on the map. To preserve the area for future generations, the entire original 1850s business district of Old Sacramento was named a National Historic Landmark. With more than 50 historic buildings on 28 acres, it ranks as the top in historic value for its size in the West. One of the highlights is the California State Railroad Museum, featuring 21 lavishly restored locomotives and cars, some dating back to 1862. There is a full-scale diorama of an 1860s construction site high in the Sierra Nevada as well as a bridge elevated 24 feet above the museum floor. Real train rides along the Sacramento River run from April to September. Go underground for a tour of the monumental measures taken for flood protection. It took two decades but Sacramento raised its streets 20 feet above the flood plain--the only city in California to do so.

California State Capitol Museum--The building serves as both a museum and the state's working seat of government. Come see where the legislative action takes place on a free public tour offered daily on the hour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artwork fills the building, including two stunning murals. One depicts California's past, present and future, the other the origin of the state's name. Paintings carry the theme of California people and places. Ornate furnishings on display reflect the Renaissance Revival style. Carved walnut desks ordered in 1869 have remained a fixture in the Senate and Assembly Chambers. Capitol Park spans 12 city blocks and 40 acres and contains hundreds of trees, shrubs and flowers along with numerous monuments and memorials.

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