June 1, 2018
Sacramento is the capital of the U.S. state of California and the county seat of Sacramento County. Located along the Sacramento River and just south of the American River's confluence in California's expansive Central Valley, it is the seventh-largest city in California. Sacramento became a city due to the efforts of John Sutter, a Swiss immigrant, and James W. Marshall. Sacramento grew faster due to the protection of Sutter's Fort, which was established by Sutter in 1839. During the California Gold Rush, Sacramento was a major distribution point, a commercial and agricultural center.
Population: City, 475,748; Sacramento Metro Area, 2,136,208
Land Area: 97.2 square miles.
Distance (miles) to: Lake Tahoe 98, San Francisco 95, Las Vegas 460, Los Angeles 425, Reno 150
Annual precipitation: 18.61 inches
Average Daily High/Low Temperature:
March: 69°F / 50°F
June: 84°F / 60°F
September: 85°F / 65°F
December: 55°F / 4°F
Sacramento International Airport: (916) 929-5411
Regional Transit bus and light rail: (916) 321-2877 (customer service, fare and schedule information),www.sacrt.com
Amtrak (www.amtrak.com/amtrak): (800) 872-7245.
Major arteries in Sacramento: Interstate 80 and Highway 50 go east-west, while Interstate 5 and Highway 99 go north-south. Business 80 is a loop that exits Highway 80 in West Sacramento and goes through the center of the city, rejoining Highway 80 near Watt Ave. Business 80 connects all 4 arteries.
CalTrans Highway Information Network (www.dot.ca.gov): (916) 445-7623.
Arco Arena (www.arcoarena.com): Home of the Kings (NBA). 1 Sports Parkway, (916) 928-6900.
California State Capitol (ww.ca.gov): 10th St. between N and L St., Sacramento, (916) 324-0333. One of California's distinctive landmarks. Capitol Park surrounds the Capitol building with a 40-acre collection of trees from all over the world. Free guided tours of the Capitol are offered between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily.
California State Railroad Museum (www.californiastaterailroadmuseum.org): 111 I St. Old Sacramento, (916) 445-7387. Largest and finest interpretive railroad museum in North America and the most visited in the world, housed in a six building complex located in Old Sacramento. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.
Crocker Art Museum (www.crockerartmuseum.org): (916) 264-5423. Between 2nd and 3rd on "O" Street in downtown Sacramento. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Thursday, 10 am to 9 pm, Closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission: $3 for ages 7 to 17. $5.50 for ages 18 and over, 6 and under: free, $4.50 for 65+.
The Golden State Museum: (916) 653-7524. 1020 O Street in the California State Archives building. Open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Noon to 5 p.m. Closed: Mondays and on major holidays.
Old Sacramento: (see map of location). One of the best attractions. 'Old Sacramento', is an authentic and functioning 19th century city that captures the spirit of the Gold Rush era. 'Old Sacramento' is a historic park.
Sutter's Fort State Historic Park: 2701 L St. at 28th St., Sacramento; (916) 445-4422. The gold rush began here. This trading post was established in 1839. Today on living History Days, volunteers in period costumes re-create the atmosphere of 1846. Open daily 10 am to 5 pm.