Located at the confluence of the Sacramento and American rivers, smack dab in the northern center of the state of California, the city of Sacramento, AKA The River City, has a population of over 500,000 and is the agricultural epicenter of the Golden State. Origins of the city began in 1839 when John Augustus Sutter, a German-Swiss immigrant of Mexican and American citizenship founded Sutter’s Fort along the two rivers. Originally developed as an agricultural community, Sutter’s Fort became a major hub of trading and mining when gold was discovered in 1848 in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. As the region grew in status and population, the California State Legislature officially named the city as the state capital in 1879, over San Francisco, Sacramento’s more popular and extroverted neighbor to the west.
Locals recommend visiting Old Sacramento. It’s close to DOCO (Downtown Commons), walking distance to Sutter Health Park (home of the River Cats, the triple A affiliate of the MLB San Francisco Giants) and Golden 1 Center (home to the NBA Kings). There is also a plethora of restaurants, craft breweries, wineries and shopping to amuse even the most seasoned tourist. For relaxing and gleaning historical fun facts, hop aboard the Sacramento River Cruise while sipping local wine. Finish your stay by peering down the boardwalk planks in Old Sacramento to catch a glimpse of the original street level before the city was raised to its current one-story level in the 1850s to deal with the issue of chronic flooding.