I went to visit a friend last year and it was my first time to Vacaville and Sacramento. I'm not going to get into a lot about this area, just post some of the pics I took and say that when I was there, there was a music festival taking place in Vacaville that took place all over a certain area of the city and I really liked it! For example, one of the locations was inside a Borders near the coffee station area so you could sit and enjoy some coffee while you listened to a little jazz. Another location was in a small park. You had your choice of where to go and who to listen to at different times of the day. What a way to do a jazz festival and see some of the city while you're at it!
My friend took me to Old Sacramento, down by the river. I found this piece of history on Legends of America.com.
"When modernization came to the city in the 21st century, the commercial district gradually moved east and the area of Old Sacramento became a virtual slum. However, in the mid 1960s the city began to redevelop and refurbish the area. The 28 acres encompassing the location today has more historic buildings condensed in one area than any other in the west. Moreover, it has become a National Landmark, with a portion designated as a California State Historic Park."
"Today, Old Sacramento, with its wood plank sidewalks and picturesque three-story buildings, caters to more than 5 million annual visitors. The National Registered landmark provides a Public Market, two museums, excursion cruises along the water front, a hotel, and numerous restaurants and boutique like shops."
I love places that are known as "tourist traps". I'm a tourist and I'm also a crafter and do-it-yourselfer so I love and can appreciate some of the handcrafted items that are often sold in tourist traps. Besides, where else but tourist traps can you find the best variety of things to shop for and take pictures of?