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Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park

cnr of 8th and 'N' Sts, Sacramento, CA
916 324 0575
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Ranked #13 of 96 attractions in Sacramento
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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96 reviews 96 reviews
27 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Union Pacific baron and one-time California governor Leland Stanford left his mark on this Italianate villa, an easy walk from the California state capitol. The home is still in use by the state's executive branch (ex-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was said to prefer it for functions to the governor's mansion), but when the chief executive is not entertaining visiting dignitaries, it's... More

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San Francisco, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Not too far a walk from the Capitol is the Stanford Mansion. One of the govs of California. It's an Italiante style building. The Visitor Center is your first stop. There's a display with lots of videos you can watch before your tour. Initially, the guide (who manned the front desk) wasn't too friendly but during the tour, he would... More

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E. St. Louie
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72 reviews 72 reviews
12 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This is really a neat guided tour of an amazing mansion. Free admission but I don't know if it's because a Sunday? The guide (tour every hour, on the hour) was really amazing and very knowledgeable. You need to take the tour to apprciate the house and to marvel at how rich Stanford was.

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London, United Kingdom
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109 reviews 109 reviews
50 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

You just have to visit here- a guided tour to see part of the Sacramento of old. A 19th century house, much altered over the years but exquisitely and carefully explained by a passionate guide. Amazingly the house is almost fully furnished with the original furnishings of the Stanfords and where necessary with modern equivalents. Magnificently restored. Memorable visit both... More

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Orlando, Florida
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272 reviews 272 reviews
153 attraction reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

The free visitor center contains interpretive displays and videos. The state website was unclear as to the admission price for the tour, but it is free (unless they lose their state funding, which means the $5 per person fee will be reinstated). The tour was informative and interesting. You are able to view designated floors and areas, some of which... More

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Glendale, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Beautiful historic house that is in excellent condition. Guides do torus on the hour and give a most interesting tour. This is the home of the founder of Stanford University. The history as to how this house was built on to through the years and the fact that it was raised almost 12 feet to keep the main residence area... More

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San Francisco Bay Area
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

See how the Stanfords lived in the mid 1860's in their mansion which has been completely restored (to the tune of $23 million)>

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Sacramento, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I've never been on a tour through this mansion where there's been a crowd. Once I was the only person on the tour. People don't seem to think of the Leland Stanford mansion when sight-seeing, but it's worth a look. Mrs. Stanford is the woman behind Stanford University, built in memory of their only son who died young. She has... More

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New York City, New York
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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

The docent was devoted to the Stanford Mansion, the family, and its history. She did an excellent job educating the group about the history of the house and making the occupants come alive. It was an hour well spent learning about early Sacramento.

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Westchester (LA), CA
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36 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

This incredible mansion is a work of art and heritage that was wonderful to tour and such a great excursion when in the area of the capitol. Tour is given hourly & open 6 days a week-parked on side str. metered. There is also a great visitor's center with video & audio presentations. The mansion is lovely and not too... More

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