Another highlight is the unique American River Parkway, which stretches 31 miles from the river confluence near downtown Sacramento to Folsom Lake. A bike and hiking trail extends the entire length of the parkway, which also offers picnicking, kayaking, rafting and more.
Sacramento municipal golf courses provide the surrounding community with 540 acres of quality fairways and greens.
More than 120 city parks encompassing over 2,000 acres provide outstanding natural and developed parklands. This "city of a million trees" is planted with grand old evergreens, deciduous and fruit- bearing trees (some streets are littered with oranges in springtime), and even giant palms, giving it a shady, lush quality.
The NBA Sacramento Kings, the WNBA Sacramento Monarchs and the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats comprise the city’s major and minor league sports, and the Sacramento Capitals have a loyal tennis fan base.
The city is home to the Sacramento Ballet, Sacramento Opera, Sacramento Theatre Company and California Musical Theatre.
There are also over 30 theaters, public galleries and museums in the city; the downtown Crocker Art Museum, founded in 1885, is the oldest in the West. Each month, during the Second Saturday Art Walk, private galleries in Midtown open their doors to the public with special shows and live entertainment.
Night clubs throughout town range from quiet piano bars to folk, pop, hip-hop, country western and rock & roll.
Sacramento is the capital of California where Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is often spotted around town. The city has eight council districts and the county of Sacramento has a board of five supervisors.
Old Sacramento Historic Area, Sutter’s Fort, Sacramento Zoo, Eagle Theatre, Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park, Pony Express Monument, Delta King Hotel, Esquire IMAX® Theatre, Leland Stanford Mansion, and many other attractions that represent Sacramento’s identity as the home of the Gold Rush, state capital of California, agricultural powerhouse and modern city.
Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, California State Fair, California International Marathon, Grape Escape, Gold Rush Days, Juneteenth, Festival de la Familia, Pacific Rim Street Festival, New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular.