Sacramento

Gateway to Gold Country, the capital of California sits in the Central Valley at the confluence of the Sacramento and American rivers. Here, this city of 460,000 people still strikes it rich on the riverbanks as a glittering modern metropolis laced with lovely tree-lined avenues.

Gold shaped Sacramento’s development, beginning in 1848 when James Marshall spied the precious metal in the tailrace of Sutter’s Mill. However, his discovery did not stay secret for long. By the following year, thousands of prospectors were pouring into the area, and Sacramento grew up around them.

Sutter’s Fort, the adobe trading post built by Swiss-German immigrant John Sutter in 1839, was the city’s earliest…

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