Travel avatar Rick Steves looks to the world at Sacramento’s Crest Theatre on Dec. 4

Rick Steves.

In 1979, a young sojourner from Edmonds, Washington, channeled his travel savvy into an explainer book called “Europe Through the Back Door.” It was a guide that was revelatory for new trekkers – and its pages were infused with the author’s contagious enthusiasm. By sharing food tips, understanding budgets and focusing on cultural immersion, Rick Steves launched a slow-moving revolution in the U.S. and Canada, giving countless people the confidence to fly out to Europe and beyond.

In the following decades, Steves created guides for different corners of the globe and starred in a long-running PBS show on excursions. He continues to host a popular radio program and podcast called “Travel with Rick Steves.” Throughout it all, Steve has been a steadfast booster of the arts, both at home and abroad.     

On Monday, Dec. 4, Steves will host an evening with Sacramentans at the historic Crest Theatre. His two-hour talk will include the latest tips for navigating Europe with limited funds, as well as what it takes for “eating and sleeping well, avoiding crowds, and packing smartly.” Don’t miss your chance to meet a modern legend of travel journalism. Tickets can be purchased here. The Crest Theatre is located at 1013 K Street in Downtown Sacramento.

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