The vast network of roads, trails and surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountains challenge outdoor enthusiasts of all levels and interests. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Folsom Lake, American River Parkway, Jedediah Smith Memorial Bike Trail, Sacramento Zoo and Capitol Park are just a few of the outdoor offerings. The Sacramento region features thriving sports like the Sacramento Kings, Sacramento River Cats and Sacramento Republic. The AMGEN Tour of California is the largest cycling event in America. The 800-mile race is hosted in Sacramento annually. Performing arts are offered by California Musical Theatre, Sacramento Ballet and Sacrament Philharmonic Opera.
Sacramento was founded in 1849 during the Gold Rush and became the capital of California in 1854. Today, the seventh-largest city in the state anchors a six-county metropolitan region of around 2 million people.
Greater Sacramento’s vegetation ranges from palm trees to fir trees. The climate is a hot-summer Mediterranean featuring wet and mild winters as well as hot and dry summers. Yearly precipitation is 20 inches of rain on average and there is approximately 269 sunny days each year.