Sacramento, California audio tour: California Gold Rush: the Sacramento Grid by bicycle

California Gold Rush: the Sacramento Grid by bicycle

Cycling Tour

120 mins

About the Tour

How did Sacramento come to be California's capital city?
What was the city's founder, a Swiss named Johann Sutter, doing here in what once was Spanish territory?
How did his efforts to expand a fort here at the confluence of two rivers lead to the discovery of gold and the rush to come get it?
Learn the answers and more by taking this 2-hour tour by bicycle. We will depart and finish at the Capitol, stopping along the way at markers and structures that tell us about the founding of this city and the Gold Rush of 1849.

If you need to rent a bike, you can find rent a JUMP or Lime bike, which you can find at various parking spaces around the Capitol.

Tour Producer


Marc Christensen

Born in the Golden State; been a resident of Sacramento since 1999. I enjoy cycling, tennis, sailing and local history.

Major Landmarks

  • State Capitol

  • Sutter's Fort

  • K Street

  • the Cathedral

  • Sac Valley Train Station

  • Old Sacramento

  • the Stanford Mansion

Directions to Starting Point

The State Capitol, 1315 10th Street, Sacramento, CA, 95814
the west facade (10th Street)

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Places to stop along the way

Sutter's Fort, Saint Francis Church, Sacramento Valley Station, Old Sacramento, Stanford Mansion

Best time of day

Before dark; before the parks close at 5pm; this tour takes 2 hours by bicycle


Bikes can be rented in Old Sacramento at Practical Cycle. Also, at bike racks throughout the city from a bike share program -; lock them if you leave them


Some artifacts weren’t
There anymore but it was a fun route.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 11 months ago
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California Gold Rush: the Sacramento Grid by bicycle