January 4, 2011

Tuesday’s Travel Tips – Sacramento

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This week’s Tuesday’s Travel Tips takes us to Sacramento. Sacramento is the capital of California, though it is actually the seventh largest city in the state.  It may be one of the lesser-traveled cities in the hearty state of Cali, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a plethora of fun activities to partake in while you’re visiting.

According to our General Manager at the SMF Airport Rudy, Sacramento is a great place to start your Northern California adventure. Sacramento has historical significance as it landmarks the start of the Gold Rush in 1849. This is where the term “49ers” was coined (even though San Francisco has the football team).

The Sacramento International Airport (SMF) is known for its public art displays. It is currently in the midst of a billion-dollar new terminal project, named The Big Build, so you may experience some delays when coming to the airport (though it will be that much easier to travel through when the work is completed).

The City of Sacramento is know as the “City of Trees” and the only other urban city in

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the world that has planted more trees is Paris, France. The city is surrounded by two large rivers, the American and Sacramento, and there are plenty of outdoor activities with miles and miles of bike trails along the river shores. And with the foothills of the Sierra Nevada so close you can hike to your heart’s content or take one of many white water rafting tours.

Rudy’s favorite landmark is “Old Town” Sacramento where you can see Delta Queen, the city’s paddle wheel boat, and check out the nearby California State Railroad Museum. The whole town is an original old-style Western town from the 1800’s. Cue the tumbleweed and handlebar mustaches.

Rudy recommends you visit the Squeeze Inn Burger Joint in Sacramento for one of Food Network’s Guy Fieri’s favorites from Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Fun fact about The Squeeze: the original restaurant is very small, and you literally squeezed in to get your food. Also be sure to check out Zocalo Restaurant for some good, new-age Mexican Cuisine. A good nightlife spot is Cosmo Café.

Sacramento is only 90 minutes away from Lake Tahoe which has great skiing.  Plus, the South Shore of Lake Tahoe is on the Nevada side and so there are plenty of large

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casinos. Sacramento is also also only 50 miles away from Napa/Sonoma for those that want to tour wine country and it’s just 90 miles north of San Francisco.

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5 Comments on “Tuesday’s Travel Tips – Sacramento”

  • Posted by Jon S. on January 4, 2011 at 10:44 am

    About 40 miles outside of Sac-town, in the town of El Dorado, is Poor Red’s BBQ, (www.poorredsbbq.com) a hidden gem that offers outstanding St. Louis-style ribs. This place is the world’s largest consumer of Galliano liqueur as it is in their two most famous drinks – the Golden Cadillac and the Brown Cow. Poor Red’s isn’t much too look at it, but the ribs are amazing. I hit Poor Red’s anytime I am in town.

  • Posted by Nancy on January 4, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Sacramento is NORTH of San Francisco. There are lots of other wine tasting areas close to Sacramento. For example, east of Sacramento, on the way to Lake Tahoe, are the El Dorado and Amador wine regions. Fantastic wines.

  • Posted by JetBlue on January 4, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Thanks Nancy!

  • Posted by Victoria on January 4, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Old town Sacramento is a complete find on it’s own! From the 3 story Evsngeline’s Costume Closet, to all the great little candy shops and horsedrawn buggies. Wear some comfy walking shoes and make sure to hit up the train depot museum, our Capitol and old town, all within walking distance from each other!

  • Posted by Claire on January 4, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    In addition to all of these lovely things about Sacramento, itself, its airport is a breeze to fly in and out of. Even though I love my T5 in JFK, SMF is so easy and quiet, I use it whenever I can. If you’re traveling to the Bay Area or other parts of Northern California and have the time, it can be worth your sanity to fly into SMF and drive the rest of the way! (Wait. Did I just let my secret strategy out of the bag?)

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