"West Sacramento: Stop In When Coming East or West" West Sacramento by TooTallFinn24

West Sacramento Travel Guide: 9 reviews and 23 photos

West Sacramento: A Little Background

West Sacramento, is more than just the city on the other side of the river. It has a distinct heart and soul, that is unique from other cities in the Sacramento Region.

The City is a mere teen by the standards of other cities in California. It was incorporated in 1987 as the fourth City in Yolo County. It currently has approximately 49,000 residents.

I worked as the City Planner or Planning Director for the City for 22 years. So I have seen a lot change in those years. When I first started the City contained three adult book stores and a gay gym with lots of run down housing. Today the City has none of these uses and contains some civic structures and tourist destinations along the Sacramento River that any City would be proud of. It also has one of the most aggressive and better functioning City Council's of any City in its region. What's more it contains Raley Field, home of the Sacramento Rivercats, and an AAA ballpark, constructed in 1999, that is consistently in the top three AAA parks in the country in terms of annual attendance

So come and let me take you on a brief tour of some of the sights, places and tourist destinations in this City. A City that is easy to be missed if driving along Interstate 50 or the I-80 bypass going to San Francisco or Lake Tahoe. However something worth seeing for a few hours or to have lunch or dinner.

River Walk Park: Great Place To Observe the River

Riverwalk Park is an riverfront promenade that will ultimately stretch from along a several mile area of the Sacramento River. Sacramento across the river has nothing like it. The first phase of the park, which spans from the Tower Bridge to approximately one block south of the I Street Bridge, was completed in 1999. The Riverwalk park provides a comfortable approximately two mile walk currently and has great views of the Sacramento River, new skyscrapers in West Sacramento and views of the City of Sacramento across the river. A great place to see the river and whats more it is easy to park.

Community Center A Place of Pride

n 2011, the City of West Sacramento completed construction of the West Sacramento Community Center. The Community Center has been designed as a multi-generational facility, with a strong senior center component. The two-story building is located on the corner of West Capitol Avenue and Merkley Avenue and contains a senior lounge, art and historical galleries, black box theatre, cafe, day care center, meeting rooms, and staff offices. The Community Center is located across the street from City Hall on West Capitol Avenue.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:River Walk, Raley Field. Regional Leader
  • Cons:Limited Restaurants
  • In a nutshell:West Sacramento Worth Stopping and Seeing
  • Last visit to West Sacramento: Sep 2011
  • Intro Updated Oct 30, 2011
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  • Rich62's Profile Photo
    May 28, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    I am ready to visit West Sacramento! nice page.

  • TooTallFinn24's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Thanks for taking a look Jim!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Nice tips!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2012 at 5:57 AM

    It’s great that as City Planner or Planning Director for 22 years you were able to guide and promote the development of West Sacramento. I’m sure you can be rightfully proud of how the city has developed in that time. Raley Field sounds like a total success story, especially since it was built through public/private partnerships, which can be very tricky if not managed with a firm hand.

  • AngMimi's Profile Photo
    Dec 16, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Nice place to visit here for shopping, good meals and see the river.
    I like :-))

  • RickinDutch's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Great tips sir. I'm thinking you don't need a whole lot of advice in this arena. Hard to write negative things about where you live I've discovered. Someone from that place is bound to read it on VT and not be happy with you.

  • tropicrd's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2011 at 10:29 PM

    Those Peach shakes sound delightful...great pages.
    Cheers Dorrise


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