The heart of Sacramento is found downtown and in Old Sacramento's 28-acre historic district along the Sacramento River. Reflecting the days of the Gold Rush, the district has been authentically restored with cobblestone streets and plank sidwalks.   About 10 blocks from Old Sacramento is the California State Capitol.  Surrounding neighborhoods are filled with stately Victorians from the mid- to late 1800s and well preserved Craftsman homes from the late 1800s to the turn of the century. 

Among the treasures: Firehouse No. 3, built in 1853, a replica of the city's first schoolhouse, built in 1849 (but destroyed by fire), and the B.F. Hastings Building, built in 1853. The Hastings building was an endpoint of the Pony Express and housed the California Supreme Court at one time. It is now home to the Visitor Center and the Wells Fargo History Museum. Look for living history re-enactors in period dress as you walk the streets of Old Sacramento.  The State Capitol is one of the most beautiful in the country,

If you like angles, lines, and modernity, check out the Bateson Buidling on 1600 9th Street. Built in 1977 and designed by ecologically-senstive architect Sim van der Ryn, the Bateson Building houses Sacramento's government offices. An interesting feature (not seen) that reflects the designer's environmental concern is the building's energy-conserving mass storage, night flushing, passive cooling system.