If it’s your first visit to Sacto, don’t neglect to take a stroll through Capitol Park, a 40-acre urban preserve surrounding the imposing domed structure. Hundreds of labeled plants from around the world make this shady park a garden enthusiast’s delight, while somber memorials recall sacrifices made in war. Plus, there are great dog-friendly hotels nearby, like The Citizen Hotel, Best Western Plus Sutter House, Kimpton Sawyer Hotel, The Westin Sacramento and others.
Take a meal break at one of the many patio and tented “parklet” venues and brewpubs in adjacent Midtown (read more about it on DogTrekker.com). Then, stroll a few blocks west to ogle Golden One Center, home of the Sacramento Kings, in the newly developed DoCo (Downtown Commons) district. The Kimpton Sawyer Hotel here offers out-the-door access to numerous restaurants with dog-friendly patios, plus lots of buzz on game nights.
Stroll from DoCo through a tunnel under Interstate 5 leading to the Old Sacramento Waterfront historic district, the city’s primary magnet for tourism. There’s always lots of primo people-and dog-watching to be had here, and you can amble north or south along the Sacramento River on a paved riverfront trail.
Not far from downtown, three parks in leafy, early 20th-century neighborhoods also merit exploration with Fido. McKinley Park in East Sacramento is a 32-acre preserve with duck pond, rose garden and a perimeter walking/jogging trail, while Curtis Park has a perimeter track, a playground for the kids and lots of grassy space to play on.
The city’s best known urban green space is William Land Park, a 166-acre source of urban pride with fishing ponds, squirrels galore and many dog-friendly points of interest. Domesticated canines aren’t allowed at the zoo, but hang onto your leash when the lions roar and watch your dog’s reaction.