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Welcome to Sacramento, the Capital of California; the cultural and economical center of its four-county metropolitan area. A place where the pace of life is somewhat slower than in other major Californian cities, Sacramento offers warm and friendly locals, an amazing history, rich cultural events, scenic vistas and a diverse mixture of humanity.

With its Mediterranean climate, the city, located at the confluence of the Sacramento River and the American River, casts a distinctive and highly personalized spell.

Sacramento became a city due to the efforts of John Sutter, an immigrant from Switzerland. During the California Gold Rush, the town became a major distribution point, as well as a commercial and agricultural center.

The oldest incorporated city in California, Sacramento still retains many historical legacies, including Old Sacramento and Sutter’s Fort. Cited as one of the five most livable regions in the U.S., Sacramento and its neighborhoods create a remarkable place to visit as well.

  • Sacramento’s primary newspaper, The Sacramento Bee, has won five Pulitzer Prizes in its history.
  • Sacramento is famous for being the final destination on the trail of the Pony Express that delivered mail from St. Joseph, Missouri on horseback.
  • As a charter city governed by its own rulings, Sacramento is exempt from many laws and regulations passed by the state legislature.

The Former California Governors Mansion Seen in Downtown Sacramento, California
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sacramento attractions
  • Old Sacramento
    A unique small section of the city, Old Sacramento is located along the beautiful Sacramento River. Bustling with lively activity, this National Historic Landmark District contains over 50 historical buildings.

    This is a flourishing area with boardwalk style sidewalks, horse-drawn stagecoaches, eclectic shops, exquisite dining, and street entertainment. Old Sacramento is home to world-renowned museums depicting the California Gold Rush and the Transcontinental Railroad days.

  • California State Railroad Museum
    Located in Old Sacramento, this Sacramento Railroad Museum exhibits a unique collection of old, yet well preserved, trains and equipment. Dubbed as North America's largest train museum, it draws more than 500,000 visitors annually. With authentic old time train rides, railroad history, Gold Rush history and regularly changing exhibits, the California State Railroad Museum brings railroad magic back to life.

  • Crocker Art Museum
    The oldest continuously operating art museum in the West, the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento includes important works of Pieter Brueghel, Bernhard Reinhold and Gerrit van Honthorst.

    The Early California Collection includes depictions of the early settlement and the Gold Rush era, while the Asian Art collection boasts over 600 miniature Indian and Persian artworks.

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