Fly To Sacramento, California
Sacramento is the capital of California and many state agencies are located here, making the State the largest employer by far in this city. As a result, many people travel to Sacramento on business; however, Sacramento offers many charming historic and educational attractions to tourists as well. Besides the grand government buildings downtown, you will find the beauty of wooden sidewalks and boats at the river’s edge. Political buffs will revel in the stately surroundings of the State Capitol and steam train enthusiasts will find seventh heaven at the Railroad Museum. And when you’re looking for downtime with the kids, there’s the Sacramento City Zoo and the waterfront to fill the day’s schedule.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders travelling to Sacramento do need a Visa to enter the USA. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The nearest South African Consulate to Sacramento is in L.A. 6300 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 600, Los Angeles, California, 90048. Phone: + 1 323 651 0902. Website: link2southafrica.com.
See and do
The American River Parkway, an extensive river system on the north bank of the American River, is Sacramento’s most attractive natural feature. The park consists of a network of trails and picnic areas. Bicycles can be rented at the waterfront to use on the Jedediah Smith National Recreation Trail, a running/cycling path that runs through the park.
The Sacramento History Museum explores the region’s history from the days before the Gold Rush of 1848 to the present through interactive galleries.
The California State Railroad Museum, a must-see for train lovers, is housed in a restored depot, and has a large collection of old but well-preserved trains. In summer the museum operates steam train rides on weekends that embark on 40 minute trips along the riverfront.
The Spirit of Sacramento, an 1842 paddle wheeler, leaves several times a day in summer on a one-hour sightseeing tour of the Sacramento River, and also offers cocktail and dinner cruises. Inflatable river rafts can be rented in summer from companies along Sunrise Boulevard for a self-guided 6-mile trip along the Lower American River down to River Bend Park. The rafts float at a very leisurely pace, and the trip will take between three and four hours, depending on how fast the river flows. Shuttle services are available to take the rafters back to the starting point.
Sacramento International Airport – SMF
Sacramento International Airport, situated 16km northwest of the CBD, offers passengers a new Terminal which became operational in 2011.
A bus service connects the airport to downtown Sacramento and the nearby communities of Woodland and Davis. There is a six-storey car park, and a light rail link to Sacramento is envisaged for 2017.
Food and beverage: Starbuck, Burger King, Quiznos, Salad Works & Zia, Lemon Grass, La Salsa, La Bou, California Pizza Kitchen, Vino Volo, Famous Famiglia, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Esquire Grill and many more.
Lost Luggage: The Airport Division of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department manages the lost and found program at Sacramento Airport – contact (916) 874 0701. If you left an item on an aircraft, or you have a problem with baggage, contact your airline directly.
Car Hire: Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise Hertz and National.
Airport Hub: Sacramento International Airport (code SMF) is a focus city for Southwest Airlines.