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About the Sacramento area

Sacramento, California

Sacramento is located near the northern end of California's Central Valley, at the confluence of the Sacramento and American rivers. Even in the heat of early summer, snow-capped mountains are just two hours away by car. Many ski resorts typically stay open from Thanksgiving through Easter.

Sacramento is surrounded by some of California's most popular attractions, all within easy driving distance: Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Yosemite National Park, San Francisco and the Carmel/Monterey Peninsula, Mendocino and North Coast shores, and the "wine country" of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys.

Sports enthusiasts will find Sacramento's climate and opportunities ideal. The American River Bike Trail follows 30 miles of riverfront, from downtown's historic "Old Sacramento" to the Folsom Lake state recreation area. Horseback riding, golf and tennis are year-round activities. Areas for skiing, backpacking, mountain climbing, fishing, boating, and rafting are all readily accessible.

For those who prefer a smaller community, the university town of Davis is a short twenty-minute drive from Sacramento.

 

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