California's Railway History
Step back in time to the golden age of railroads in the American West. The California Railroad Museum is one of California's State Parks and a nice way for kids and adults to learn about the rich history of the American West. Twenty one restored locomotives, various railcars and numerous exhibits illustrate how railroads shaped people's lives and the culture of the West. Included are a Pullman-style sleeping car, a dining car filled with railroad china, and a Railway Post Office that visitors can actually step aboard. I took Amtrak from the Bay Area and walked a short block to the museum which is located in Sacramento's Old Town. Make some time to explore other parts of the historic Old Town.
By Clare Olivares, AFAR Local Expert
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