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 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” foodie 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 from opera, ballet and Broadway series theater. From the high art at the Crocker Art Museum to the brilliant street murals daping color and light across the multi-faceted 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 is 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.

Getting around Sacramento’s neighborhoods for brewery tours, or picnics in green spaces, or finding a Kayak to launch into the American River, is easy. The city has the usual taxi’s and busses, as well as a strong bicycling program to take in the best of that California weather, but also Zipcars car sharing for hourly or daily car rentals.

 

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