Sacramento Tourism

The city of Sacramento is the sixth-largest and capital city of the state of California. It was originally named after the Sacramento River which flows across its western border. Sacramento is a massive metropolitan area with people of all cultures and beliefs having made the city their home since ages. For this very reason Sacramento was called “America’s Most Diverse City”, which shows the unity and perseverance of the people and their will to work together no matter what the odds.

Sacramento basically rose to prominence during the period of California Gold Rush, when the city became a major hub for distribution, agriculture and a commercial center in general. Swiss immigrant John Sutter, Sr. and James W. Marshall were responsible for the initial establishment of the city and the presence of the Sutter’s Fort further helped in its safe and rapid growth. Since its inception, Sacramento saw good connectivity and trade because of the presence of a terminus for wagon trains, Pony Express, the telegraph system and the First Transcontinental Railroad.

In the modern era, the city of Sacramento has seen an explosion of sorts in terms of growth and sheer size. Though the main source of employment in the city is the state government, there are also a number of private institutions that are based in the city. The huge population growth is also mainly because of the very pleasant weather Sacramento sees throughout the year. For its incredible water sports, close accessibility to the coast and innumerable attractions to be seen a number of youth and families flock to the Diverse City every year, round the year.

For a tourist there are literally tons of things to do in Sacramento, right from catching a sight of the various historical buildings, museums, gorging on tasty delights at the various restaurants, supporting the hugely popular Sacramento Kings of the NBA, and just strolling through the city, soaking in the feel and infinite possibilities that Sacramento has to provide to a fun-loving, adventurous tourist. One can’t just resist the charms of the city and the hospitality of the friendly locals is a fact well known. Compared to other metropolitans, Sacramento is slow paced and laid back, which helps one get away from the usual hustle-bustle of a big city. A visit to Sacramento is sure to make you fall in love with the city. Perhaps forever!

Essential travel information and Sacramento tips for your visit

  • Time Zone: PST – UTC -8 hours ,Summer (DST) PDT – UTC -7 hours
  • Currency: American Dollar (USD)
  • Electricity and Internet: Standard output is 110-120V. WiFi connectivity is present almost everywhere and cellular connectivity provides 3G and 4G services.
  • Languages: Predominantly English speaking population.
  • Security: Dial 911 or emergencies.
  • Tipping: Tipping is highly appreciated everywhere on good service but is not compulsory.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Sacramento

  • Downtown Sacramento History and Food Tour
    Downtown Sacramento History and Food Tour14 Reviews

    Duration: 3 Hrs

    Sample the best of Downtown Sacramento's vibrant cuisine on this 3-hour food walking tour. You'll get a chance to see and lea...

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  • Save 21% Sacramento Historic River Cruise
    Sacramento Historic River Cruise2 Reviews

    Duration: 1 Hrs

    Ready to take in a little Sacramento history from the comfort of a Hornblower yacht? In this delightful one-hour Sacramento r...

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  • Save 7% Ultimate Lake Tahoe Adventure from Sacramento
    Ultimate Lake Tahoe Adventure from SacramentoNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 3 Days

    Pristine Lake Tahoe in winter, spring, summer or fall...all perfect! A Lake Tahoe tour from Sacramento can be a summer playgr...

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  • Save 4% Full-Day Whitewater Rafting on the South Fork American River
    Full-Day Whitewater Rafting on the South Fork American RiverNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 6 Hrs

    Coursing through historic California Gold Country, the Lower Gorge section of the South Fork American River is the most popul...

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  • Know the pollution level of Sacramento before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 42.44 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 42.65 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 47.14 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 31.94 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 26.35 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 17.86 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 31.41 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 20.83 (Low)
  • How safe is Sacramento for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Sacramento.

    • Burglary and Theft 44.74 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 41.07 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 47.37 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 35.71 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 43.86 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 56.58 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 38.39 (Low)
    • Drug offense 62.95 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 73.71 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 43.86 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 29.46 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 53.13 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Sacramento is 183.97 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 51.41 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 90.64 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 42.46 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 26.58 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 78.48 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 71.19 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 3.61 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 131.57 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Sacramento

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.13 USD
    • International Movie per seat 12 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 34 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 69.29 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 43.08 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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