Sacramento is the capital city of the US state of California, and the seat of government of Sacramento County. It is also the cultural and economic center of the Sacramento metropolitan area, which includes seven counties with an estimated total population of 2.5 million (2009). The city itself has a population of 475,122, making it the fifth-largest city in California (by population), while the metropolitan area comprised of the Greater Los Angeles Area, San Francisco Bay Area, and the San Diego metro area is the fourth largest conurbation in California. In 2002 Civil Rights Project at Harvard University conducted for TIME Magazine, the city was named as “America's Most Diverse City,” making it a rather interesting destination to travel to.
What to see & do
Old Sacramento – the oldest part of the town besides Sutter's Fort is Old Sacramento, which consists of cobbled streets and many historic buildings. Several establishments from the 1850s and the 1860s have been preserved, restored, or reconstructed, including the Lady Adams Building, the B.F. Hastings building, the “Big Four Building,” and the Eagle Theatre of Sacramento, which was California's first permanent theater. Because of its historical value, travelers usually flock here to visit the buildings and learn a little about the city's local history.
Crocker Art Museum – formerly called the E.B. Crocker Art Gallery, the Crocker Art Museum is the longest continuously operating art museum in the West. It hosts one of the state's premier collections of Californian Art, and contains works dating from the Gold Rush to the contemporary times. A collection of master drawings, European paintings, a large concentration of ceramic art, and collections of Asian, African, and Oceanic art can also be found here. Notable works here include the Fandango by Nahl, the Cagnes LAndscape by Renoir, She Will Come Tomorrow by Deakin, and Saint Sebastian tended by Saint Irene by Ficherelli.
Sutter's Fort – Sutter's Fort State Historic Park is a California State Historic Park located in Sacramento. It is built near the junction of the American and Sacramento Rivers, and is located at what is now the intersection of27th and L Streets in the Midtown neighborhood of the city of Sacramento. Originally, Sutter's Fort was begun in 1839 and was originally called New Helvetia or New Switzerland by its builder, John Sutter. Sutter is credited for Sacramento's stance as a city today.
How to get around
Cars, taxis, regional transits, bikes, and walking are the suggested modes of transport in the area. While walking will bring travelers to sights just a few minutes from the train station, cars will come in handy when they are planning on exploring more areas outside the vicinity of Old Sacramento. There is also a regulated taxi meter fare system in the city, so travelers who are opting to ride around through a taxi will not have to worry about overpriced rides. Bikes, meanwhile, are suggested to get around Downtown and Midtown. Most roads have dedicated bike lanes, and bike routes through the city are clearly marked.
How to get there
The Sacramento International Airport is the main airport serving the city of Sacramento, located 15 minutes from downtown CBD. Services going between the city to other states and destinations are very much available. Airlines that travel to the airport include Aeromexico, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, JetBlue, US Airways, and many others.
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