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Sacramento is the state capital of California in the United States.
Sacramento is the oldest incorporated city in California, founded in 1849, and there are many reminders of the history of the city including Sutter's Fort and Old Sacramento. It experienced explosive growth when gold was discovered in 1848, and the gold rush that followed was the largest human migration in history. Currently it has a population of 460,000 in the city and nearly two million in the metropolitan area.
The pace of life is somewhat slower than in other large Californian cities, and the people are generally warm and friendly. According to Time magazine Sacramento is the most diverse city in the USA. The city used to be an affordable place, but it suffered from the San Francisco Bay Area's dotcom rise and fall, and real estate went from undervalued to overvalued. The market is correcting itself so property values are dropping to where they should be.
Sacramento International Airport (SMF) is the main airport for Sacramento, located 15 minutes north of downtown along Interstate 5 at the Airport Boulevard exit. Air service is available to Hawaii, Mexico, Canada (as of June 15) and all regions of the United States. Taxis from the airport to downtown are estimated at $27 one-way.
Amtrak runs two long distance trains and two regional trains through Sacramento.
The Coast Starlight runs from Seattle and Portland through Sacramento to San Francisco (via Emeryville), Oakland, San Jose, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles.
The California Zephyr runs from San Francisco (via Emeryville) through Sacramento to Reno, Salt Lake City, Denver, Omaha, and Chicago.
The Capitol Corridor is a regional train that runs from the Bay Area to Sacramento making major stops in Martinez, Richmond, Berkeley, Oakland, Fremont, and San Jose. Carefully consult the schedule when buying tickets for this since some of the daily runs are by bus instead of train.
The San Joaquins is a regional train that runs from Sacramento south into the San Joaquin Valley making major stops in Stockton, Fresno, and Bakersfield.
Sacramento is conveniently located at the intersection of Interstate 5 (a north-south route) and Interstate 80 (an east-west route). It is also located at the western terminus of US Route 50.
From the San Francisco Bay Area, take Interstate 80 east.
From Reno and North Lake Tahoe, take Interstate 80 west.
From South Lake Tahoe, take US Route 50 west.
From Redding and the Pacific Northwest, take Interstate 5 south.
From the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California, take Interstate 5 north.
Greyhound has a major hub downtown and numerous satellite stations throughout the Sacramento area.
Historic Old Sacramento, the Riverfront, and the California State Railroad Museum are all within an easy five minute walk of the train station.
The Capitol is a half-hour walk from Old Sacramento.
For nearly all other getting around, you will want a car.
The Regional Transit light-rail is useful in downtown and some of the surrounding areas.
Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St., . The oldest continuously operating museum in the West, home to a premier collection of California art. $6.
California State Capitol. Open to visitors daily.
Cesar Chavez Park