Staff Writer Rachael Medina
Rachael Medina is the senior content writer and operations manager for California.com. She was born and raised just outside the Mojave Desert in Southern California and moved to the redwood forests o…See full bio
Sacramento County is chock-full of contrasting elements; the entirely urban landscapes meet the cascading natural wonders, the inviting mid-century modern architecture rubs against the contemporary bistros and charming historic structures, and the farms that once dominated the region sits alongside the governmental buildings that form the state’s capitol. Visitors flock from far and wide to see the capitol building for themselves and to explore the museums of downtown Sacramento, but they may miss the 15,000-acre regional park system, the many lakes and rivers that flow through man-made environments, and the vast amounts of almonds that have greatly contributed to the region’s economy.
The region’s artistic, culinary, and historic districts are bustling, reinvigorated by a cultural awakening that rivals the surrounding San Francisco and Tahoe areas. Its central location makes the county an ideal stop on any California road trip, should you have an extra day or two to spare. For those just passing through on their way to another California destination, Sacramento County is a food-lovers oasis that’s perfect for a quick bite. Not only does the county process more almonds than anywhere else in the world, but it also holds the title as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital” of America, serving as a quintessential lunchtime solution.
The county’s Mediterranean climate makes it an ideal place for farming and adventuring alike. Bordered on the western edge by the banks of the Sacramento River, the county is traversed by the American River, which flows into Folsom Lake at the county’s northeastern corner. These rivers are great escapes from the 100-degree summer temperatures and are fun places to connect with the locals, who float, kayak, splash, and swim their way through the warmer months. Regardless of the season, Sacramento County provides the best of city dwelling and rural living.