Sutter's Fort State Historic Park, Sacramento

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The site of the first European settlement in the region and resting place for many travelers who were headed west, Sutter's Fort State Historic Park recalls the pioneering spirit of the California Gold Rush's early years. Founded in 1839 by John Sutter, the fortified structure has since been restored and today is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Wander the grounds and view the adobe-style architecture of the central building (the only original surviving structure), which is surrounded by thick walls, defensive towers, and other buildings. Stop by the museum to view items owned by early pioneers who sought aid from the fort, including some from the infamous Donner Party. You can also join a guided tour to learn more about the history of the short-lived settlement, the region, and its residents. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Sacramento holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Sutter's Fort State Historic Park and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Interesting enough for the grandparents, the parents and the kiddos (ages 4 & 6). There's a lot of outdoor space so make sure you take an umbrella if it's raining or save it for a sunny day.  more »
  • This little fort has a lot to offer. It's rich with history from the early days of Sacramento. It's priced low and great for all ages. The audio tour (no extra charge) is informative and let's you set...  more »
  • When was around the tourist couple stopped by to here. Been accurately reproduced the old Fort and the life of spectacular, was studied. People who at that time dress showed me life.
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  • This is a great place to visit in Sacramento - a must really. As a former handcrafted furniture manufacturer I used adzes and draw or pull knives so it was good to see them on display. But the fort gives good insight to the forefathers of Sacramento and the foundations they laid. Hopefully the Legislators act under the influence of a better spirit today!
  • I could spend all day here, so much to look at and explore inside and out. Just relaxing and being in touch with nature outside the fort or exploring history inside the fort or the Indian Museum, it's all good. I love it here.
  • Even more amazing to see as a parent with my kids, than as a kid myself on a school field trip. There is so much to see and learn about. Really gives great detailed history of Sacramento. This is must see stop for anyone interested in California History.
  • A very important part of California history. Every child hears about the CA gold rush. Here at Sutters Fort you can experience life as it was during the gold rush. This was actually a FORT and you can see the incredibly thick walls with gun turrets. I recommend all children come here to reinforce their schooling. This was very important to CA history. Young and old will learn something.
  • This is an AMAZING historical place!! My sons school is doing an overnight field trip and I can't wait!!! There's so much history behind those large walls... I suggest you plan on spending your day there you WILL NOT REGRET your visit, fun for everyone!!!

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