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Sacramento

Sacramento is the state capital of California as well as its oldest city. Founded in 1849 (thanks to the famous gold rush), Sacramento boasts numerous reminders of the frontier days such as Sutter’s Fort. The city itself has a population of nearly 500,000 and the entire metropolitan area consists of over 2 million residents. Therefore, Sacramento is also one of the largest cities on the west coast. Another notable advantage here is that life is much less hectic than in larger cities such as San Diego or Los Angeles. For those who are looking for a holiday steeped in tradition, culture and history, Sacramento is the ideal choice.

The Best Times to Visit Sacramento

Sacramento is defined by a climate that mimics the Mediterranean regions; hot and dry summers are punctuated by mild and wet winters. Although temperatures here rarely drop below freezing, it is not entirely uncommon for peak summer days to rise well over 100 degrees. So, the best times to visit tend to be during the spring and the autumn. For those who are looking to avoid the masses of tourists as well as increased accommodation rates, a slot between September and late November is the best option.

Flight Information

Flights from New York City to Sacramento will normally last 6 hours. Unfortunately, there are few non-stop flights to this city. When a layover is included, these times will be increased to roughly 7 hours. Sacramento International Airport (SMF) is the primary terminal serving the metropolitan area. As it is found only 15 minutes north of the downtown district, it is also very convenient for travelers. Bus and taxi services are both offered although there is no rail service. Jet Blue is one of the few non-stop carriers to service Sacramento International Airport. Other airlines include Delta, United and US Airways.

Accommodations

All downtown hotels tend to charge more on the weekdays and during any local festivals. For this reason, some will instead opt for smaller properties such as bed and breakfasts that are to be found along the outlying areas of the city. Budget hotels as well as luxury accommodations are all provided here. Most of the high-end boutiques and chains will naturally be located to downtown Sacramento. Major companies such as Holiday Inn Express and Residence Inn are found here while the more expensive options include the Sheraton Grand and Le Rivage Hotel.

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.

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