Sacramento City Guide
Sacramento, the capital of California, is one of the fastest growing cities in the USA. This city is located 383 miles north of Los Angeles and 90 miles east of San Francisco in California’s Central Valley and is often referred to the ‘City of Trees’ for it is home to numerous parks and tree-lined streets.
Sacramento, which originated as supply town for gold miners is a popular vacation destination that offers many attractions like the historic sites of Old Sacramento, excellent shopping, dining and entertainment as well as numerous recreational activities on the banks of the American River which traverses the city.
Where to stay in Sacramento
Most visitors to Sacramento elect to stay in the downtown section of the city, which hosts the historic enclave of Old Sacramento, a 12 block restored neighborhood that is located near the river and hosts several Victorian buildings. The area also hosts a wide range of hotels, great shopping at malls like the Downtown Plaza and the K Street Mall and numerous entertainment options in the form of good theater, excellent restaurants and bars and sweeping views of the river. This downtown area of Sacramento also hosts nearly 250,000 trees of various varieties including fruit, flowering and palm trees which help shield the population from the searing heat of many summer days.
Places to see in Sacramento
If you are on vacation in Sacramento with young children, you may want to take them to city’s old world theme park, Fairytale Town which encourages imaginative play. This theme park is not equipped with rides but features "sets" of beloved nursery rhymes and fairy tales where children can pretend to be their favorite characters. The park also features a petting zoo which features animals like rabbits, pigs, goats and other animals.
Sacramento Railroad museum
This museum showcases historic locomotives and train cars, which played an important role in the growth and development of Sacramento and much of the west. During the summer months a restored Sacramento southern railroad steam train, which belongs to the museum, offers rides along the Sacramento River.
The Sacramento Zoo is yet another child-friendly attraction in Sacramento. This zoo offers displays of nearly 4000 exotic animals like snow leopards, red pandas and more. The Sacramento zoo is known for its conservation efforts and its breeding programs. The zoo also hosts a variety of educational and entertainment events all throughout the year.
Sacramento Automobile Museum
This museum, which is located in Old Sacramento, offers displays of restored vintage automobiles as it chronicles the changing face of American automobiles through the 20th Century. The museum also hosts concerts, shows, auctions and swap meets as a part of its events calendar.
Sacramento Science museum
The Sacramento Science museum is an educational space that aims on making science fun for its young visitors. The museum offers a wide range of thought-provoking, interactive exhibits along with a nature trail that extends over 14 acres. Also located within the museum premises is a planetarium, which offers simulated space missions which are extremely popular visitors.
Best time to visit Sacramento
Sacramento has a climate that is characterized by damp, wet, mild winters and hot dry summers. The summer months typically last from June to September in Sacramento. The city is known to experience scorching temperatures that range from 90 °F (32 °C) to 100 °F (38 °C) though these high temperatures are somewhat moderated by a sea breeze known as delta breeze that originates from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The city also has a wet season that extends from October to April. The wet season is characterized by morning fog, which is so dense that is hampers visibility and makes driving in the city quite difficult.
The average year round temperature in Sacramento is however a pleasant 61.1 °F (16.2 °C) and this somewhat comfortable temperature renders the city as an all weather destination that can be visited at any time of the year.
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Getting around in Sacramento
Sacramento is served by its Sacramento International Airport located 12 miles northwest of downtown Sacramento. This airport is served by all the major domestic full service and low cost carriers that make getting to Sacramento a breeze.
Sacramento is a compact city laid out in a grid like pattern, though like many other cities in California, it offers limited public transport options in the form of the bus and light rail systems.
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Where to shop in Sacramento
Sacramento offers a plethora of shopping destinations that range from eclectic boutiques and stores that offer coveted items like paintings, prints, pottery, jewelry, scarves, jeweled pocket knives and more to malls that host all the popular department stores and big name retailers in the nation. Westfield Downtown Plaza( an open air mall in downtown), the Sunrise Mall, the Arden Fair Mall, the Country Club Plaza Mall and the Galleria at Roseville are some of the most popular shopping haunts in the city.
Where to eat in Sacramento
Sacramento features a thriving restaurant and dining scene featuring stand-alone, independent restaurants run by creative chefs along with outlets that belong to major chains. These restaurants offer a wide variety of cuisines and aim to cater to all budgets. Some of the popular restaurants in Sacramento include Biba ( Italian), Scott’s Seafood Grill & Bar , Star Ginger Asian Grill & Noodle Bar, The Press Bistro and Bar( Italian), Tres Hermanas(Mexican), Zelda’s Original Gourmet Bistro( Pizza), Sutter Street Steakhouse Sutter Street Steakhouse
and Frank Fat’s( Chinese).
Nightlife in Sacramento
Sacramento nightlife scene offers lots of good options to suit any mood and taste. Bars, dance clubs and live music venues; Sacramento offers them all and more. Popular nightlife haunts in the city include Blue Cue, Fox and Goose, 58 degrees and holding company, Back Wine Bar, L Wine Lounge and Urban Kitchen , Capitol Garage and Barcode.