Sacramento is the capital of the U.S. state of California. It is at the confluence of the Sacramento River and the American River in the northern portion of California’s expansive Central Valley. Known as the cultural and economic core of the Sacramento Metropolitan area, it is the fourth largest metropolitan area in California. This is our guide to the best places to run in Sacramento, California.
The district of Old Sacramento harkens back to the city’s Gold Rush era, with wooden sidewalks and wagon rides. One of several museums in Old Sacramento, the California State Railroad Museum depicts the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, one of the country’s earliest technological feats.
Due to the city’s high vulnerability to floods, much of the land to the west of the city is permanently reserved for a vast flood control basin. As a result of this, the greater metropolitan area sprawls only four miles west of downtown, but 30 miles northeast and east, into the sierra Nevada foothills, and 10 miles to the south into valley farmland.