About Sacramento

About SacramentoAs the current state capital for the state of California, Sacramento is the state’s oldest incorporated city. Nestled between the Sacramento and American Rivers, the city was founded in 1849 after growth was aided by the California gold rush. Today, the city’s population has reached nearly 480,000, making it the sixth largest city in the state.

Historical monuments in the town include Sutter’s Fort, which is the country’s oldest restored fort. It dates back to the 1840s and hosts a treasure trove of historical information for children and adults. The fort is named after the man who initiated the incorporation of Sacramento as a city. Visitors may also tour the California State Capitol building, which sits next to Capitol Park. Nearby historical sites include the State Indian Museum, which features beadwork and clothing, and Old Town Sacramento. Old Town has been outfitted with boardwalk style sidewalks, horse drawn stagecoaches and souvenir shops. Visitors may be able to visit the State Railroad Museum or catch a ride on a genuine steam train.

Sacramento is known for the abundance of outdoor activities in close proximity to the city. In the summer months as the sun beats down intensely, many residents go river rafting. Others enjoy bicycling, especially along the American River Bike Trail. This paved trail runs along the river for about 32 miles, from Sacramento to Folsom.

There is other fun to be had throughout Sacramento, including the Sacramento Zoo in William Land Park and the weekly farmers’ market where visitors may get their fill of fruits, vegetables and locally-made crafts. There are also concerts in the park, art walks and Sacramento Kings basketball games to pass the time. Shopping is another popular activity in the city, especially with an abundance of opportunities to shop local boutiques. Local malls include Westfield Plaza, Arden Fair Mall and Country Club Plaza.

Transportation to and from Sacramento is aided by the Sacramento International Airport, which offers flights to other major cities. Amtrak service in Sacramento transports passengers up the coast and inland. Bus and taxi services are also provided for those wishing to travel within the town.

Like other major California cities, Sacramento has an alluring climate. The Mediterranean climate attracts visitors in the warm spring and summer months. The winters are cold and wet, with potential flooding in the most intense seasons. High temperatures in the winter might be 40 degrees, whereas high temperatures in the summer can reach higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit.