Old Sacramento: A Self-Guided Audio Tour


Find out how this Gold Rush city walked the line between disaster and innovation on this self-guided audio tour. Experience the magic of GPS-playback on this immersive stroll through Sacramento

About this activity

  • Free cancellation

    Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

  • Duration

    1.5 hour


  • Highlights
    • Experience the life and struggles of early pioneers
    • Hear from producer Lynn Momboisse, a California native and history enthusiast
    • Do it all in 90 minutes or linger at stops along the way with complete control
    • Get unlimited use of the tour before your booking date and after it
    • Use the virtual tour option at home
  • Full description
    Step back in time to the 1850s and 60s when natural disasters, a banking crisis and a cholera outbreak made life in the new city of Sacramento very challenging. On this leisurely walking tour through Old Sacramento’s Historic District and Waterfront, I’ll paint a picture of what it was like for those early pioneers who were drawn to the city during the Gold Rush era.

    Named a California Historical Landmark in 1965, the suburb features over 50 restored historical buildings dating to the second half of the 1850s. Our tour starts at Tower Bridge. As you stroll along the cobblestone streets and wooden boardwalks, I’ll share stories about the buildings you pass, including the Firehouse Restaurant, Orleans Hotel, and What Cheer House, a former hotel and historical landmark. You’ll also hear about California’s early history, and how it took 25 days via steamboat to get mail from the East Coast to California on the West Coast before the Pony Express was established in...  more
  • Includes
    • Lifetime access to this tour in English
      VoiceMap app for Android and iOS
      Offline access to audio, maps, and geodata
  • Exclude
    • Tickets or entrance fees to any museums or other attractions en route
      Smartphone and headphones
      Food and drink