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Sacramento CA had a reputation for many years as a place one drives through on the way to Lake Tahoe or San Francisco. Things have changed and today, people all across the country are recognizing Sacramento as a wonderful vacation site all on its own. It all began for Sacramento in 1839 when Johann Augustus Sutter settled at the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers. The Mexican government and Governor Alvarado granted 48,000 acres of land to Sutter, not realizing they were giving away a gold mine – literally. In 1848, gold was discovered thirty miles away in the tiny town of Coloma and the rest is history. By the mid-1800s, thousands had flocked to the area, and in 1850, Sacramento County was incorporated as one of the original 27 counties of the State of California. The city of Sacramento became the state capital four years later in 1854. Today, it is recognized as the cosmopolitan capital of the country’s largest state.

The county of Sacramento takes up approximately 994 square miles of the 400-mile long Central Valley, which is California’s primary agricultural region. From the low-lying Delta lands between the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers to the Sierra Nevada Foothills to the east and extending southwest to the San Francisco Bay, Sacramento County is rich in natural resources, historical significance, recreational opportunities and cultural attractions. The city of Sacramento is beautiful, and a combination of gleaming new buildings and lovely old Victorians. It has a vibrant arts scene, great shopping and restaurants and first-class accommodations. Sacramento has been called “a snapshot of Wild West history in a modern, world-class city.” When you visit, you will find museums, family attractions, and dozens of parks and gardens. Old Sacramento, which is located along the waterfront, has more buildings of historic value in its 28 acres than any other area of similar size in the west. It’s a National Historic Landmark and a portion of it is designated as a State Historic Park. “Old Town,” as locals call it, is filled with specialty shops, public docks, a waterfront hotel and restaurants. Over 5 million tourists visit Old Sacramento annually, and it’s a favorite hangout for locals, as well. It was even rated as the best place for a first date. Other historical places of interest in the city include Sutter’s Fort, the State Railroad Museum and the Renaissance Revival style Capitol building with its beautiful rose gardens. Sacramento offers the American River Parkway for hiking and biking, many championship golf courses, river rafting on the American River, swimming and boating on the Sacramento River, and its home to the River Cats minor league baseball team and the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. Of course, for those who want to explore further, Sacramento is also still conveniently located near places like Lake Tahoe, the Napa Valley, the Sierra Nevada Gold Country and San Francisco. Sacramento is also considered one of the most affordable vacation destinations in the state of California.


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