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You're Going to Love Sacramento

California's capital isn't just a political hub. It's got so much more going than that. This beautiful city offers attractions for all ages, a packed calendar of cultural events and natural beauty within a walk of the city center.

Sacramento is a city of experiences, and one that people return to again and again. In Old Sacramento, you can relive the history of the Gold Rush and the coming of the railroads at the State Railroad Museum. At Sutter's Fort, you can put yourself in the place of the first pioneers, before coming back to the present in Midtown bars and restaurants that match any in Frisco or LA.

The city comes alive during the State Fair and the Sacramento Music Festival, but every day is a cultural event, with open air festivals, art walks and live music in the city's bars.

It all means that Sacramento is a city that will live with you long after you leave. For memories that will last a lifetime, book your tickets to the Californian capital.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Sacramento

What to do in Sacramento

When to Visit Sacramento

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If you want to beat the vacation crowds but still enjoy plenty of festivals and fine weather, try visiting Sacramento in April or May. However, the biggest show of the year is the California State Fair which takes place in July, so if you simply have to attend, a mid-summer getaway is essential.

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Where to Stay in Sacramento

The most appealing neighborhood for vacationers is probably Sacramento's Old Town, which has plenty of excellent hotels. Some of the most popular include the upscale Vagabond Inn and the more affordable Embassy Suites - both of which are next to the river. In Downtown Sacramento, the Sheraton Grand is a comfortable, reliable option, while Hosteling International Sacramento offers budget dorm beds in the center of town, so may be worth considering if you are on a budget.

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Shopping Streets

Shopping is a big deal in Sacramento, and "the Grid" (in the city center) is the best place to shop. There's a particularly high density of jewelers, fashion boutiques, household craft stores and more on J and K streets, including wonderful independent stores like Heart Clothing and ShopCuffs. If you are looking for a conventional mall, the Westfield Galeria in Roseville is easily Sacramento's largest, and hosts major brands like Louis Vuitton and Burberry.

Groceries and Other

If you are self-catering or need to stock up for a picnic, Sacramento has plenty of options. There are famous chains like Trader Joe's along with local businesses like the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op and Sprouts Farmers Market on R Street, so finding groceries isn't a problem. However, food prices can be relatively high. Expect to pay $3.60 for a gallon of milk and around $3 for 12 eggs.

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Where to Eat in Sacramento

Sacramento is a fantastic place to dine out, with a diverse local dining scene and restaurants from all over the world. Biba is a first-rate Italian, Morton's Steakhouse offers gourmet meat dishes; Zocalo is the city's best Mexican while Tower Cafe is the best place to grab a bargain breakfast. There's also a thriving mobile food scene, including trucks like Bacon Mania and Frenchy's Waffles, so keep an eye out when you are wandering around. Expect to pay $15-20 for a medium range meal and $40 or more at the best places.