Sacramento is California’s long-time state capital and the state’s seventh largest city. Located in the Central Valley, Sacramento is one of the few large California cities known more for its livability than for its tourism potential. The city gives easy access to several of the regions' top attractions (Reno, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe) while maintaining its easygoing, friendly feel.
In 1839, John Sutter arrived in the Sacramento area and formed Sutter’s Fort as a regional trading center. With the help of local Native American’s, he planted large amounts of fruit trees. This began the areas importance as an agricultural center. The area grew during the gold rush era and was eventually turned into a city by Sutter’s son, who named the city Sacramento because of the local economically important Sacramento River. In 1854, the city became the state capital of California.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
The downtown area is mainly comprised of poorly marked one-way streets, making it tricky to drive and park for non-residents.
California State Capitol