Flights to Sacramento
Although not as well known as some of the other major Californian cities, Sacramento is actually the capital city of California, the seventh largest city in the state, and the oldest city in the state. Sacramento is located in the Central Valley and is a vibrant and historic place with many visitor attractions.
Sacramento International Airport (airport code: SMF) is where international flights to Sacramento are welcomed. Flights to Sacramento from South Africa are indirect with one or two connections. Only one airline, Delta Air Lines, provides one stop flights to Sacramento from South Africa flying via Atlanta. United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic Airways, British Airways, and BMI are among the airlines that offer two stops to Sacramento from South Africa.
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The Tourist Attractions in Sacramento:
The city of Sacramento was founded in 1849, making it the oldest in California, and though it is now the state capital it didn’t start life as such. The impressive State Capitol Building is the city’s top landmark, on which construction began in 1860. Like so many others it was modelled after the United States Capitol in Washington D.C. and is open daily to visitors.
Being an older city Sacramento also has some other historical attractions. Sutter’s Fort was established in 1840 as a stockade and trading colony by a pioneer named John Sutter. This is now the Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park and the fort was restored to its original glory to show visitors what life would have been like here in the mid 1800’s.
Next door is the State Indian Museum where you can see interesting exhibits of native Californian crafts, clothing and more. Another museum to visit is the Crocker Art Museum. This is the oldest continuously operating museum in America’s West.
Old Sacramento is another historic attraction. This was once the riverfront pioneer town and now serves as one of the city’s popular tourist attractions. The old town is full of souvenir shops, restaurants, and museums and features rides on horse-drawn carriages. The California State Railroad Museum is here and is of interest whether you’re a train lover or not! The large collection of well preserved trains is sure to get you in the mood for a 40 minute steam train ride operated by the museum between April and September!
Parks and Lakes in Sacramento
Sacramento has a lot of scenery and nature to enjoy in addition to the city buildings. In the centre of downtown Sacramento, next to the City Hall, is Cesar Chavez Park. This pleasant park is said to be one of the best places from which to take great photos of the Sacramento skyline.
About 30 minutes drive outside of Sacramento is Folsom Lake. This is one of the area’s largest lakes and is a popular destination for water sports, boating, fishing and sailing. Back in the city, William Land Park is home to the Sacramento Zoo, and families with children can buy a combined ticket for the zoo and Fairy Tale Town.
When Should You Visit?:
With its Mediterranean climate, Sacramento is a good destination to visit at any time of the year, staying mild and pleasant. July is the hottest month with an average high 34C (93F) and there is little rain throughout the summer months. Winter is the wettest time of year but temperatures stay mild with an average high of 13C (55F) in January.