I’m a little embarassed to admit that after living my entire life in the Sacramento area, I had never actually visited the state capitol building until today. I became inspired to go explore it on Tuesday after watching this episode of California’s Gold, and I have to say I was not disappointed. In fact, I’m already looking forward to my next trip because there’s just so much to see it’s impossible to cover it all in one afternoon. I took advantage of the hour-long guided tour, but if you’re more into wandering and exploring on your own, that’s perfectly fine too.
The episode this week features a lot of climbing, plenty of history, and an outstanding view from the top, as Huell gains access to areas tourists don’t normally get to see. One thing you might notice when watching the entire series is that Huell seemed to really get a kick out of climbing to the top of things — the Transamerica pyramid and a 213-foot wind turbine spring to mind — and these are among my favorite episodes to watch and to share!
Huell goes straight to the TOP! Finished in 1874, California’s Capitol Building is a stunning neoclassical gem. With all great buildings of this size, there are lots of steps. Some steps are very obvious, like the set that leads up to the front entrance, but this building has lots of “step” stories and even a few that are very scary to climb.