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Sacramento Travel Guide


Sacramento Introduction


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Sacramento, California's, role in the gold rush of the mid-1840s gave the city its nostalgic charm, but that's just a part of this capital city's appeal. Although historic Old Sacramento re-creates the city's gilded history, modern Sacramento's high-rises, high-tech industry and burgeoning art scene reflect its lively contemporary style.   Click here to see the full Sacramento travel guide on Travel42 »

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Sacramento Geography


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Part of a large interior California valley, Sacramento is bordered on the west by the Sacramento River, on the north by the American River and on the east by the Sierra foothills. It's a flat city with no tall landmarks.   Click here to see the full Sacramento travel guide on Travel42 »

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Sacramento History


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For centuries, the area where Sacramento now sits was populated by the Nisenan, Miwok, Shonommey and Maidu Indians. They lived undisturbed for thousands of years before a smallpox epidemic made their tribes vulnerable. Around 1808, the Spanish explorer Gabriel Moraga discovered the valley and named it Sacramento (the Spanish word for sacrament).   Click here to see the full Sacramento travel guide on Travel42 »

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Sacramento Sightseeing & Things to Do


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The city's most popular attraction is Old Sacramento. This district is packed with historic buildings, as well as interesting shops and restaurants. Be prepared to spend several hours strolling the wooden boardwalks and cobblestoned streets (wear comfortable shoes). If your feet get tired, hitch a ride in a horse-drawn carriage.   Click here to see the full Sacramento travel guide on Travel42 »

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Sacramento Nightlife


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Sacramento isn't known for its nightlife, but there are still plenty of fun places to go after dark. Many of the restaurants in Old Sacramento and the rest of the city have live entertainment at least twice a week. Where there is no live music, there's often a DJ, who may be playing anything from salsa to country and swing. (Many clubs feature a different kind of music each night.) Cover charges are generally nonexistent or very reasonable. Clubs usually close 1-2 am and many late-night establis...  Click here to see the full Sacramento travel guide on Travel42 »

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Sacramento Restaurants & Dining


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Sacramento offers a wide variety of ethnic restaurants; many of them use fresh, seasonal California ingredients to create an interesting form of fusion cuisine. A lot of them emphasize light, health-conscious dishes. Many restaurants have patios to take advantage of the city's consistently fine weather. (Take along a sweater if you plan to eat outside at night.)   Click here to see the full Sacramento travel guide on Travel42 »

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