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The Historic California State Capitol

Visit the Sacramento State Capitol, its Beautiful Park, and Governor’s Mansion During Your Stay at Hawthorn Suites

Welcome to the Capitol of California! Your visit wouldn’t be complete without experiencing historic Sacramento – most especially the State Capitol Museum – a building that serves as both a museum and a working seat of government. Home of the California Legislature since 1869, the Sacramento State Capitol Museum features interesting office tours of the Secretary of State, Treasurer, and Governor of California. Capitol guests even have the chance to watch legislators debate a bill or cast a vote. Guests can also view an extensive collection of historical California artifacts, artwork, and antique furnishings.

Hawthorn Suites Hotel is located only 2 miles from the Sacramento Capitol. Visitors will not only enjoy our close location, but many home-style amenities – like free WiFi, parking, and breakfast! Browse through the Capitol attractions below to start planning your next stay with us.

Capitol Park

Surrounding the Sacramento State Capitol is a spread of stunning gardens that make up Capitol Park. Only 2 miles from Hawthorn Suites Sacramento, this historical park in Sacramento features several memorials of significant California events, including:

  • A Civil War Memorial Grove planted in 1897 with saplings from famous Civil War battlefields.
  • A life-sized statue of Father Junípero Serra, a Roman Catholic missionary sent by Spain to help colonize California. At its base is a map of California’s 21 missions, from San Diego to Sonoma.
  • The California Vietnam Veterans Memorial, with bronze statues of service men and women depicting military life in Vietnam and featuring engravings of names of Californians killed or missing in action.

California Governors Mansion

Located 2.3 miles from Hawthorn Suites hotel near the Sacramento Capital, come see the famous California Governors Mansion – recognized on the National Register of Historic Places! This historic Sacramento house is open daily for public tours from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The 30-room Second Empire-Italianate Victorian mansion was built in 1877 for local hardware merchant Albert Gallatin. The State of California purchased the house in 1903 to serve as a governor’s mansion. George Pardee was the first governor to live in the house and Ronald Reagan was the last. Today, the mansion is used primarily for public and state ceremonies and events.

Many furnishings remain from former governors, including Pardee’s 1902 Steinway piano, velvet chairs and sofas belonging to Governor Hiram Johnson, and Persian rugs bought by Mrs. Earl Warren. The structure has been renovated a number of times.

Learn about California’s great history at the Sacramento State Capitol, California Governor’s Mansion, and the other historic Sacramento attractions near Hawthorn Suites.