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Old April 26th, 2009, 12:34 AM   #1
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California's State Capital a.k.a The City of Trees - Sacramento

Sacramento, California



Introduction

What are some quick facts about Sacramento?

State: California

Country: United States of America

Population: 476,000

Elevation: 25 feet

Average Annual Rainfall: 17.18 inches

Average January Temperature: 53.5 degrees F

Average July Temperature: 88 degrees F

Major Industries: government, agriculture, food processing, computer and electronics, printing, glass, wood products

Time Zone: GMT-8


What and where is Sacramento?

Sacramento, founded in 1839, is the capital of the U.S. state of California, and it is located in northern central California. The city is perhaps best known for its rich gold rush history, which brought great prosperity to the region, but also for it's great abundance of trees, hence it's nickname "The City of Trees". The name Sacramento originates from the Spanish language, "Sacramento" meaning "sacrament" in Spanish.


How many people live in Sacramento?

The city of Sacramento is home to approximately 476,000 people (as of 2007), and it stands as California's seventh largest city, and it's second largest inland city (after Fresno). The four county metropolitan area (which includes Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, and El Dorado counties) is home to over 2,137,000, and is expanding rapidly.


What are the demographics of Sacramento?

Sacramento is an extremely diverse city (racially, ethnically, by household income, etc.), and because of this, it has a notable lack of inter-racial disharmony. The city been recognized by multiple organizations as being one of the most diverse/integrated cities in the United States, as it is grouped with grouped by the Census Bureau with other cities that are known to have "High Diversity".
  • White Non-Hispanic (40.5%)
  • Hispanic (21.6%)
  • Black (15.5%)
  • Other race (11.0%)
  • Two or more races (6.4%)
  • Other Asian (5.2%)
  • Chinese (4.8%)
  • American Indian (2.8%)
  • Filipino (2.1%)
  • Japanese (1.6%)
  • Vietnamese (1.5%)
  • Asian Indian (1.2%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander (0.9%)

    Source: CityData

The region also receives high levels of immigration from Latin-America, Asia, and the former Soviet republics.


Random fact:

When gold was discovered in 1848, the rush of people to Sacramento and its surrounding areas was recorded as the largest human migration in history. If you want to learn more about the history of the city, click here.
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Old April 26th, 2009, 12:39 AM   #2
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Welcome to my Urban Showcase! A few friends and I have been planning this trip to Sacramento for a few weeks, and once I was on Spring break, we got in the car and drove! This trip actually started out in the Inland Empire, about 450 miles from where I currently live (San Leandro), and because of all the traveling I had to do in order to make the trip, I was sleep most of the way up! Surprisingly, traffic was pretty good on the way up, especially considering we left on a Friday morning. There were a few expected slow spots, but overall, the drive was pretty good (with the exception of the 200+ miles of nothing but farmland!) Anyways, enough about me, enjoy the pics!

Day 1: Leaving Temecula in Riverside County - Driving on the I-5 towards Sacramento - Arriving in Sacramento - Walking around Downtown Sacramento - Touring the state capitol

Day 1 Map



Getting out of Temecula




Driving on the I-5 through the central valley












Andersons Pea Soup














Now entering the "City of Trees"




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Old April 26th, 2009, 12:48 AM   #3
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Day 1 (Continued): Walking around Downtown Sacramento

Once we met up with one of my cousins, and got our arrangements together, we all decided to take a walking tour of Downtown Sacramento. Because this was the first time I actually took the time to walk around Downtown Sac, seeing how walkable the area was had me feeling very pleasantly surprised. If you're wondering why the streets were so empty in these pics, I took them on a late Saturday afternoon. Enjoy!

Map of our walk



Beginning our walk at capitol garage




We ate at this restaurant called "Pyramid", they have excellent pizza rolls! Their turkey burger is good too.


The mass transit here is very good


















Does anyone know the name of this building?
















I love trains!




After we walked around downtown a bit, we took a tour of the capitol building. I'll upload those later on.
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Old April 26th, 2009, 01:10 AM   #4
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Niiiiiiice pictures. Thank you for sharing with us

I loved the blue sky, with no clouds
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Old April 26th, 2009, 04:30 AM   #5
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very nice place, it doesn't look as a capital city.. it`s very similar to san juan, argentina.. I will share photos with you
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Old May 3rd, 2009, 02:22 AM   #6
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Day 1 (Continued): Taking a tour of the state capitol

After we walked around Downtown, we went to the state capitol took a tour of the premises. The building itself is amazing, but we went out to the gardens and almost immediately the aroma of nearly every species of tree grown in California hit us. The whole experience was great, I recommend a look into this place to anyone visiting Sacramento. Here are the pics:

Nearing the capitol building


















Entering the capitol building, seeing all of the old gathering places





Looking up into the rotunda

















Old governors office









In front of the governors office


















Going outside into the gardens










Next up: Day 2
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Old May 3rd, 2009, 03:19 AM   #7
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Day 2: Walking around Downtown Sacramento - Wondering the Old Town district

Today we decided to take another walk around Downtown. While walking we found this sandwich shop/convenience store and ate there, they have really good turkey. After this, we went to the old down district. It was nice, lots of little shops and restaurants, plus it was right on the river. Enjoy!

Sacramento's Chinatown




































This place serves really good food, try 'em!













Entering K street mall






















Now entering Old Town Sacramento. It's not as corny as it looks

































Leaving Old Town Sacramento



Next: Day 3: Driving back to square one
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Old May 3rd, 2009, 11:24 AM   #8
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Sacramento looks very nice city, i love it
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Old May 4th, 2009, 08:30 PM   #9
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Day 3: Taking the car back down south

After spending two days in Sacramento, the time came when we had to leave and take the car back down to SoCal. The drive wasn't bad, but this time when getting back into the city, we hit heavy traffic. Unfortunately for me, a few days later I had to drive up north back to San Leandro!! Here are some highway pics (Interstate 5), not so urban, but enjoy!











Pyramid lake in northern Los Angeles County






Six Flags Magic Mountain, this place is awesome
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Old May 6th, 2009, 08:34 AM   #10
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very cool.

did you go anywhere other than downtown?
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Old May 6th, 2009, 11:57 AM   #11
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Well, my first impressions were "sheash, what boring scenery" and then you posted the pictures of the city. I am actually impressed with the aesthetics of the city. I like the pedestrian areas a lot as well as the tram!
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Old May 6th, 2009, 10:22 PM   #12
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Downtown Sacramento looks pretty good. I especially appreciate the tree canopies. It gives the area a much more inviting feeling, at least to me.
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Old May 7th, 2009, 03:36 AM   #13
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Good thread, nice city, nice roads, nice mountais (sierras), nice buldings, nice...!
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Old May 7th, 2009, 08:16 PM   #14
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Thanks for the comments everyone, I really enjoy reading them!

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very cool.

did you go anywhere other than downtown?
Thanks, I did spend a little bit of time in Natomas and Florin, but I didn't take any pictures.
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Sacramento is a really pretty city, no doubt about that. I do have to admit (and you can tell that by looking at the pictures) that the city is as a pretty as it is boring.

I very very very often go up north to lobby. The suburbs are pretty nice too and yes, there are tons of trees.

Here's a picture of me (on the left) in frony of the state capitol.
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Nice city, i like it.
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Thanks, I did spend a little bit of time in Natomas and Florin, but I didn't take any pictures.
florin has some interesting buildings.

come visit again sometime!
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Old May 10th, 2009, 04:59 AM   #18
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Great pics of a great city, Kwame. I like the scenery too. Also learned they had a tram.
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Day 1 (Continued): Taking a tour of the state capitol

After we walked around Downtown, we went to the state capitol took a tour of the premises. The building itself is amazing, but we went out to the gardens and almost immediately the aroma of nearly every species of tree grown in California hit us. The whole experience was great, I recommend a look into this place to anyone visiting Sacramento. Here are the pics:

Nearing the capitol building


















Entering the capitol building, seeing all of the old gathering places





Looking up into the rotunda

















Old governors office









In front of the governors office


















Going outside into the gardens










Next up: Day 2

Nice pictures!


.....Now if only they'd get to work up there to fix the state budget....
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I will be there on the 2nd of september. Maybe someone can show me around.
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