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California has one of those great state capitals that takes people by surprise, largely because the rest of the country keeps forgetting that it is a state capital. Sensibly located in the Northern California’s Sacramento Valley, with a population of just over half a million, Sacramento is, by California standards, not a very large city. Yet it is tasked with managing an absolute colossus of a state. 

There is an awful lot to do around here, the city boasts some 60 breweries and, of course, all that California wine. Sacramento is also known, ironically, for having an underrated coffee scene. It is also one of the busiest “farm-to-fork” food scenes, from the overlapping of California’s most “hipster” city sitting in the midst of one of the world’s largest agricultural producers.

Downtown Sacramento has world-class venues for the performing arts, ranging from opera, ballet and Broadway series theater. From fine art at the Crocker Art Museum to the brilliant street murals dapping color and light across its neighborhoods, Sacramento is more than a capital: It and has been named “America’s Most Diverse City.” 

In with all that fine art and culture are crowds cheering the hometown Sacramento Kings basketball or Republic FG soccer. For award-winning family activities, look no further than William Land Park, a community in and of itself, connecting several neighborhoods, offering green spaces and gardens, golf and adjacent to the Sacramento Zoo and Fairy Tale Town, sporting 26 play sets based on fairy tales and nursery rhymes as well as a farm animal zoo.


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