Gold was first discovered in the foothills outside present-day Sacramento in 1848, leading to the Gold Rush and mass migration to California. That tradition is still on display in Sacramento’s Old Town, a perfectly preserved riverside section of the Old West that can’t be missed. The Pony Express also originated in Sacramento in 1860, a horseback and wagon mail delivery service that ran 1,980-miles between California and Missouri.
2. Energizing redevelopment
Long considered a second city in California, Sacramento is now growing in leaps and bounds, anchored by the biggest downtown redevelopment in the entire U.S. around the iconic Golden One Center sports and entertainment complex. When you're in Sacramento, take a stroll around the downtown and downtown neighborhoods, and you'll experience all of the great restaurants, watering holes, cafes, art galleries, boutique shops, and feel the energy!
3. It’s truly The City of Trees
Our beloved Sacramento goes by a lot of nicknames, including Sactown and the River City, but the name that may ring the most true is "The City of Trees.” With its 450 varieties of trees and shrubs over 5,069 acres of parks and green areas, Sacramento has a higher percentage of tree covering than any other city in the United States, and behind only Paris, France in the world.
The downside? Many people suffer from terrible seasonal allergies in Sacramento!
4. Sacramento is a bicycle mecca
Sacramento is known as a cyclist’s haven, with riverside trails that stretch for scores of miles, lanes through charming neighborhoods in midtown, and rides into the rolling hills in the shadow of the Sierra Mountains. Every day, more Sacramentans are opting to cycle to work, around the city, or just for exercise, earning the city a reputation as one of the most dynamic bicycling metropolitan areas in America. Nearby Davis, California holds the designation as having the most bicycles per capita in any community in the entire country!
5. You can have quite an epic day starting from Sacramento
One of the best things about Sacramento is its proximity to so many great areas in and around Northern California. If you don’t mind driving a little bit (okay, a lot), you could actually visit the beach, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada mountains (crossing into Nevada along the way), go wine tasting in Napa Valley, stop by Yosemite National Park, and end up back in Sactown for (a very late) dinner.
6. Sacramento is the capitol of California, but…
Sacramento has been the capital of California twice throughout the state’s history, for a short stint from 1852-1853 and permanently since 1984. There are currently about 485,199 residents in the official city of Sacramento, along with 1.9 million in the surrounding towns, cities, and counties. However, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, and even Fresno have larger populations than the greater Sacramento region.
7. A rich sports tradition
Sacramento has been home to eight professional sports teams: the Sacramento Kings (Basketball – NBA), Sacramento Monarchs (Basketball – WNBA), Rivercats (Baseball – Triple-A), and the Sacramento Republic FC (Soccer – PSAL). There have also been lesser-known pro sports teams, like the Sacramento Capitals (Tennis – WTT), The Sacramento Sirens (Football – IWFL), Sacramento Express (pro rugby started in 2016), and The Sacramento Solons, a former minor league baseball team in the Pacific Coast League).
8. Deep agricultural roots
Sitting at the junction of the Sacramento and American Rivers, the region around the city is one of the most fertile in the nation. In fact, Sacramento produces more almonds crops than any place in the world, harvesting millions of pounds every growing season. It's also one of the biggest rice exporters in the world and now considered the Farm to Fork Capital of the U.S. for its abundant locally grown fruits and vegetables.
9. A long list of celebrities and famous people from Sacramento
The list of celebrities and accomplished people born and raised in Sacramento includes Sam Elliott (actor), Lisa Ling (TV host), Teddy Bruschi (former NFL linebacker), Molly Ringwald, (actress), Pat Morita (actor), Lester Holt (NBC anchor), Lance Briggs (NFL linebacker), Dusty Baker (MLB player and manager), Anthony Kennedy (Supreme Court Justice), Summer Sanders (Olympic swimmer), and more. In fact, Sacramento native son Kevin Johnson not only served as the city’s mayor last term, but was a perennial All-Star during his NBA basketball career.
10. Chiropractic is alive and well in Sacramento!
The California Chiropractic Association calls Sacramento home, with its office at 1451 River Park Dr # 230 in Sacramento. http://www.calchiro.org. The Chiropractic Examiners Board also resides in Sacramento at 901 P Street downtown. http://www.chiro.ca.gov, The California State University at Sacramento offers a Doctoral Chiropractic degree, and Yelp lists no less than 848 individual chiropractors in the greater Sacramento region.
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