Sacramento International Airport is the main airport serving the Sacramento region. The airport is conveniently situated 12 miles north of the city center. Many large airlines offer flights to Sacramento from a number of major US cities; such airlines include Delta, US Airways, United and American. In addition, there are a number of low-cost airlines which offer flights to Sacramento such as JetBlue and Southwest.
On average, you can expect a direct flight from New York to Sacramento to take around 5 hours 50 minutes and a direct flight from Los Angeles to Sacramento will take 5 hours 35 minutes. If you are looking to save some money on your flights, you can make some great savings by opting for an indirect flight. However, it is worth bearing in mind that opting for an indirect flight will add at least an hour to your journey.
If you do not have transfers to the city prearranged, there are a number of cost-effective solutions available at the airport.
Most people arriving at Sacramento International Airport will book a taxi to the city center as they are the quickest and most convenient transfer option. You will find taxi ranks placed outside both Terminal A and Terminal B. On average, you can expect a taxi ride from Sacramento Airport to downtown Sacramento to take 20 minutes and cost around $30.
There is also a public bus service which can take travelers to and from the city. The bus service runs at regular times throughout the day and you can expect a journey to downtown Sacramento to cost $3 and will take around 20 minutes.
The Top Things to do in Sacramento
Many visitors will choose to experience a district simply known as the California State Capitol. The main administrative building is surrounded by 16 block of beautifully cultivated lands and parks. Memorials and monuments can be found interspersed throughout the area and many of the older historic legislative offices have been restored to their former glory. Guided tours are available.
Sutter’s Fort is another attraction that is ideal for anyone who is a fan of United States history. Originally constructed in the 1840s, it is currently the oldest existing fort in country. There are numerous relics from this time period as well as glimpses back into the first days of Sacramento. Early artifacts left from the pioneers as well as the tools employed by those lured by gold are all on display. Self-guided tours are able to be reserved.
Interestingly enough, there are many who are unaware that Sacramento was actually named after a river of the same name. So, a lesser-known attraction here are the river rafting excursions that can be enjoyed. Note that this is a calm and leisurely ride; there are no whitewater rapids or other challenges. This allows such a trip to be suited for family outings. There are many locations within Sacramento (such as along Sunrise Boulevard) that offer rafts for rental on a daily basis. Shuttle buses are provided to and from the river and the entire journey generally takes between 3 and 4 hours (the river itself is only 6 miles long). This is a perfect way to spend a lazy afternoon, kick back and relax.