Sacramento, California’s state capital and the gateway to the Gold Country is located at the crossroads of northern California and is easily accessible by car and air. Interstate 80 running from San Francisco to North Lake Tahoe passes through Sacramento as does Highway which runs east from Sacramento through the Sierra Foothills and on to South Lake Tahoe. Interstate 5, which runs north and south through the heart of California’s Central Valley runs through the heart of downtown Sacramento as well. Located just 30 minutes from historic Highway 49, you’ll see why the 49ers began their journey into the Gold Country from Sacramento during the great rush. Travelers today find Sacramento to be the ideal jumping off point in discovering gold!
The Sacramento area has embraced the future and is a popular destination for those in search of modern-day gold (e.g. fun times, family-friendly events, great recreation, etc.).
While the imprint of John Sutter, Mark Twain and Jedediah Smith is a treasured part of California’s capital city, today the area is better known for its fine dining, museums, coffee shops, artists, musicians, wine tasting, abundant recreation opportunities and, of course, its beautiful, tree-lined streets.
One of the gems of the Sacramento region – Folsom, is conveniently located on scenic Highway 50 as it winds its way to Lake Tahoe. Folsom offers visitors the experience of historic “firsts” including the first railroad west of the Mississippi, and the first successful long-distance hydraulic powerhouse. The community is home to unlimited water sport opportunities on Folsom Lake and peaceful Lake Natoma as well as miles of cycling trails. Folsom is also home to Folsom Prison, well-known for its stately granite walls and interesting history.
Sacramento was recently named one of America’s fastest growing visitor destinations. Sacramento’s “urban forest” is home to a variety of attractions that cater to families and couples alike. From California’s State Capitol Building to Sutter’s Fort, the California Museum, and Crocker Art Museum to the American River Parkway, Sacramento RiverTrain and California Aerospace Museum, there is something for everyone. While the Sacramento region has experienced significant change since the Gold Rush, its hospitality has remained constant. Come discover some gold of your own.