A buzzing state capital with historic charm, Sacramento is one of California’s fastest-growing cities. With its leafy streets dotted with elegant Victorian homes, Sacramento’s downtown area is uniformly easy on the eye. Most tourist attention is focused on the city’s centerpiece California state Capitol building, with its colorful flower gardens, and Old Sacramento, eight blocks of restored buildings with restaurants and shops.
In the Heart of California
Sacramento is accessible by interstates 5 and 80, which intersect on the west side of town. Just over 90 miles northeast of San Francisco and 50 miles from Napa, Sacramento is within striking distance of California’s natural and made-made riches. The Sacramento Valley sits at the confluence of the Sacramento and American rivers and forms part of California’s agricultural powerhouse. A mild climate with an average of 269 sunny days encourages outdoor recreation.
Golden State Wonders
Wedged between the Sierra Nevada to the east, coastal ranges to the west and the Siskiyou Mountains to the north, the Sacramento area abounds with opportunities for fun in the sun. Within town, the 32-mile paved American River Bike Trail is one of the nation’s longest paved purpose-built bike paths. The South Fork American River Trail features more than 25 miles of cycling, hiking and horseback riding trails that traverse chaparral canyons, forested paths, lush hills and scenic woodlands.
History in Person
In historic Old Sacramento, cobblestone streets and wooden sidewalks showcase more than 100 restored buildings built with gold rush architecture. See the very spot where the pony express ended and the transcontinental railroad began.
Riding the Rails
Railroad enthusiasts won’t want to miss the California State Railroad Museum, with 21 late 19th-century locomotives and railroad cars, as well as a high-speed rail simulator and an exhibit that depicts the construction of the world’s very first transcontinental railroad.
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