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About Sacramento

With a combination of long summer days, fantastic food venues and American historical attractions, Sacramento is the capital city of the state of California in the USA. With a population of more than 485,000 residents, the city is a hub of year-round activity. Famous tourist attractions include Capitol Park, Old Sacramento and California State Railway Museum.

Cheap flights to Sacramento are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to explore this fascinating city! Sacramento is home to Sacramento International Airport (SMF), located on a 15-minute drive or 20-minute train ride from the city centre. Sacramento International Airport serves a vast amount of airlines – including Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and Alaska Airlines. Popular connecting flights depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration is approximately 25 hours.

Why visit Sacramento

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History

Do yourself a favour and head down to the neighborhood of Old Sacramento for a trip back into history. Visit five of the city’s top museums and marvel at the antiquated, well-maintained buildings.

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Art

The Crocker Art Museum offers magnificent views of its Victorian-styled home, with a wondrous selection of permanent art and floating exhibitions.

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Scenic Trails

Make your way alongside the American River Bike trail and enjoy the sites of this more than 50km length of beauty that’s suitable for walking and cycling.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country United States of America
Currency United States Dollar (USD)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.08 USD
Language English
Hub Airport Sacramento International Airport (SMF)
Airline United Airlines
Time Zone GMT -8
Travel Adaptor Type A / B

Best time to visit Sacramento

With lots of hot summer days, cool springs and autumns and moderate winters – Sacramento is a great destination to visit at any time of the year. The city experiences a Mediterranean summer all the way from mid-May through to mid-October so you if you’re looking for some sunshine, you have six months in which to get it. Most of the city’s festivals occur between May and July, including the California State Fair. Winter is very mild and the city very rarely experiences snow, though there is quite a bit of fog in the air during the December to February period. For affordable accommodation and cheap flights to Sacramento, consider visiting between November and March.

Weather & Climate in Sacramento

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall levels (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 3°C 5°C 7°C 8°C 11°C 14°C 15°C 15°C 14°C 10°C 6°C 4°C
High °C 13°C 16°C 19°C 22°C 27°C 31°C 31°C 33°C 31°C 25°C 18°C 13°C
Rainfall (mm) 112 61 84 49 34 4 7 0 2 31 69 72

With six months of sunshine and beautiful walking trails throughout the city, Sacramento is a city that packs plenty of character. There are lots of attractions and great things to do, so make sure you plan on staying for a least a few days.

For an appreciation of how things used to be, visit Old Sacramento for a day out. Five of the city’s top museums are found here, including the California State Railway Museum. There are also sweet treats like toffee apples and candy floss available everywhere, and underground tours of the Sacramento River that are not to be missed.

Sacramento is also known for its natural beauty, such as that found along the American River Bike Trail. Cycle, skate or walk down the even trail and enjoy magnificent views of lush parks, the river and even some cutesy river otters. To indulge in some culture, make sure to catch Second Saturday. All museums are open to the public and you’ll be able to get into the Crocker Art Museum and see the 15,000 pieces of art on display there.

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South Africans who wish to visit Sacramento, California in the USA will need a visa to do so. The process has been known to take a long time, so it’s best to start as early as possible. You will need to complete your application and submit numerous documents, as well as schedule an appointment with the US Embassy in your city.

For more information, please contact the Embassy of the United States of America, in Pretoria:

877 Pretorius St, Arcadia, Pretoria, 0083 Tel: 012 431 4000

Sacramento is a safe city, though there are some areas that should perhaps be avoided unless you know the area well. Locals are welcoming of visitors and are happy to advise on which restaurants or parks to visit. As with all big cities, it is always important to be aware of your surroundings and to practice caution. Leave your valuables in your accommodation safe and don’t walk around alone in the evenings. Most neighborhoods are safe to visit, including Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento.

There are no vaccines required for your trip to the USA, but it is always important to go for your routine check-ups and to speak to your doctor before any international travelling.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Sacramento
Meal, inexpensive restaurant R90.00 R100.00 R196.59
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R22.00 R20.00 R52.42
Cappuccino (regular) R19.00 R20.00 R53.88
Taxi 1km (normal tarriff) R10.00 R12.00 R24.43
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R35.00 R35.00 R78.80
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