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Heading to the Golden State’s capital? Then toss the guidebooks and let these famous locals tell you about their city’s best spots.


Janet Fullwood
Sacramento Bee - Travel Editor
“The city’s rivers are great for fishing and kayaking, and I love biking the 30-mile path that runs alongside the American River. If you tire of our beautiful outdoor spaces, Napa and Sonoma are very close by.”

Wild Bill Hill (a.k.a. William Hill)
Wild Bill’s Tattoo - Owner
“For the very best sushi, the only place to go is Mikuni Japanese Midtown. The Spicy Johnny Roll is to die for. And for a little local culture, don’t miss the Towe Auto Museum and the Railroad Museum.”

Kitty O’Neal
KFBK - News Anchor
“Catch a meal at the Esquire Grill for the best petrale sole ever! If you have a sweet tooth, try Rick’s Dessert Diner, a nostalgic setting for some mile-high treats -- and they’re open late.”

Maria Shriver
First Lady of California
“The California Museum for History, Women and the Arts is a great place to learn about the extraordinary individuals who created and built this state … out-of-the-box thinkers who faced adversity but dared to take risks.”

Christian Kiefer, PhD
Local indie-rock musician/composer
“When the sun goes down, the city’s vibrant music scene appears. Old Ironsides is Sacramento’s most venerable live-music spot and caters to drinkers and rockers. More quiet-leaning listeners might appreciate Luna’s, which features live poetry and singer-songwriters.”

Lial A. Jones
Crocker Art Museum - Executive director
“Visit the wineries in Amador and El Dorado counties. The tasting rooms there are similar to Napa’s 20 years ago; you might actually get to speak with the winemakers. [Afterwards, head to] Taste in Plymouth -- the meal alone will make you happy you made the drive.”


CHARLES RUNNETTE is the deputy editor of Hollywood Life in Los Angeles and a frequent contributor to American Way. His favorite memory from the Sacramento area is of skydiving in nearby Yolo County.

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