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Sacramento region became of national and international importance with the discovery of gold in California. Mass migration of pioneers to the area in 1848 increased the population and as a response Sacramento County, which comprises 7 cities, was formed. Sacramento, the largest of the cities was nominated as the capital of California.

Guide of Sacramento


Sacramento county encompasses prime agricultural land. Grapes, wine, walnuts, pears and almonds are some examples of the produce. From the low delta land, Sacramento lies between the rivers Sacramento and American. In the east are the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains, known for skiing in winter. Whilst San Francisco Bay can be accessed from the southern end.

Climate in Sacramento

Although not by the sea, located in a valley, Sacramento’s climate could still be described as Mediterranean. With summer temperatures, June to September, averaging 24.4°C – 75.9F. In winter temperatures reach about 13.3°C – 47.6F, with a small amount of precipitation. However, the nights can be chilly, even in summer, so layering your clothes is ideal if wandering around in the evenings.


Sacramento’s agricultural industry started with Swiss pioneer John Sutter in August 1839. As stated, the 1848 Gold Rush era significantly changed the cultural history, with new settlers, be it gold miners, blacksmiths, shopkeepers, immigrants or other entrepreneurs making Sacramento their destination. Culturally Sacramento grew from a diverse, prominent population in a strategic location. Early on there was the pony express, then the first transcontinental railroad as well as commerce up and down the two main rivers. Encased by the Sacramento and American rivers are some of the major attractions of Sacramento. Manoeuvring around this spirited city is a breeze, as you gain an appreciation of its history, or the now modern vibrant eclectic culture that has developed, because the city is based on a system of numbered streets (north to south) and lettered streets (east to west).

Things To Do in Sacramento

Historically Old Sacramento on the waterfront has been preserved and is a popular destination to immerse oneself in the cultural heritage behind the development of Sacramento. Whilst the buildings might be heritage the occupants are very much in touch with the public, providing a lively district of shops, restaurants and museums.

The California State Railroad Museum

The California State Railroad Museum, opened in 1976 to pay tribute to the importance of the railroad in the nation’s development and a thank you to the men, women and immigrants who in 1937 contributed to the development of this significant infrastructure . The museum uses stimulating exhibits, enthusiastic, knowledgeable guides and beautifully restored railroad cars and locomotives to enthral and delight people of all ages. Step back in time in a restored Pullman-style sleeping car or dining car filled with railroad china. Take a 50 minute round ride in a restored carriage of your choice, pulled by either a working steam or diesel locomotives along the Sacramento River to complete the day.

The Pony Express Terminal

The Pony Express Terminal built in 1860 was the western end of the US mail service, delivering letters between Missouri and California.

Johnny Cash Mural

Johnny Cash Mural is a music lover’s delight. Standing 15 storeys tall the painting, pays tribute to the legendary singers life and career. Now a 30 minute walk takes one across town from Old Sacramento to Midtown, and along the way entertainment will be supplied with wonderful murals.

California State Capitol

The California State Capitol building is also a must see along the way. Whilst serving as the State’s working seat of government, the building also houses a museum. Venture over the black and white checked floor tiles under the imposing domed main Rotunda, admiring the majestic life size statue of Ronald Reagan the first California Governor to become President , as well as the historical murals. Now wander the various levels on your own or book a tour to appreciate California’s past and present. The Capitol building is surrounded by the stunning California State Capitol Park and World Peace Rose Garden. The garden’s monuments and memorials can be viewed at a leisurely pace or enhanced with further tour information.


Midtown, although still containing some historical landmarks and tree lined residential communities, it is the centre of Sacramento’s art, music and cultural scene. Meandering the streets one can explore the many breweries, cafes, shops, galleries, upscale dining and clubs. The Farmers Market highlights the agricultural side of the Sacramento culture and is treasured by the locals. Seasonal fruits, vegetables, baked-goods, flowers, herbs, wines and cheeses are offered alongside artisans and crafters wares. As mentioned the whole agriculture revolution was established by John Sutter and his preserved Fort is located in Midtown and open daily for self guided tours.

Eating Out in Sacramento

Based on an agricultural heritage the Central Valley region, containing Sacramento, produces 80% of US food, so expect to find an outstanding farm to fork food scene. Complement this with a considerable immigrant influx during the gold rush period and all varieties of cuisines can be experienced.

Located in Old Sacramento, The Firehouse is a fine dining establishment that exceeds guest’s expectations, with the presentation of American seasonal flavours in a gorgeous interior or relaxed outdoor setting. One signature dish is the rib-eye steak and with the definite marbling fat adding to the tenderness, a buttery beef flavour is delivered. Frank Fat’s Cantonese Chinese family run restaurant has been satisfying customers since 1939. The orange crispy chicken, named by it drenching in a sweet tangy orange juice, is a favourite alongside the Peking ducking served with steaming fluffy buns. Midtown offers Mexico on a plate with Cantina Alley, serving deliciously fresh and spicy Asada steak, and Baja Fish Taco, a beer battered red snapper topped with tropical salsa. Have an appetite for some authentic Thai cuisine, The Coconut, is acknowledged its world famous Tom yum soup (Chicken, Tofu, Seafood), rices, curries and noodle dishes. Sample pumpkin curry, cashew chicken to Pad Thai. Even vegetarians and vegans are catered for with an outstanding menu covering eggplant entrees, drunken noodles and sweet potato fries. Having been around for fifteen years, Paesanos an Italian restaurant popularity continues, especially if they do not make a pizza you like you can design your own whilst snacking on polenta fries.


Getting around Sacramento’s central area is easy with the service of the Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT). There are a variety of bus and light rail routes to take you to your destination. JUMP bike is the city’s bike sharing program, so Sacramento’s many gridded streets have designated bike lanes, so fun, fun, fun. As both RT systems allow bikes, mixed commuting is made possible. Ride-share services such as Uber and SmaRT also operate. However, going further exploring or for comfort, flexibility and convenience one could always choose to hire a car.

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FAQs about car hire in Sacramento

Most frequently asked questions about hiring a car in Sacramento

Car hiring prices in Baltimore start at $28.62 per day .
The minimum age to hire a car in Sacramento is 21.
The distance betweem Sacramento Airport and the city centre of Sacramento is around 11.6 miles.
The distance betweem San Francisco and Sacramento is around 87,9 miles - 1hr 26 minutes drive.

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