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"Californias underwhelming Capitol"
Downtown Sacramento is a blossoming community complete with tall, glass buildings and historic government establishments. Many of the towering buildings offer sweeping views of the Lake Greenhaven and the Sacramento River that meanders along the edge of the city. Downtown Sacramento is also flooded with different shopping, lodging and dining options for every occasion. The neighborhood is densely populated with the drive-in work force, with parking lots and mixed-use buildings clustering around many of its busier streets. Moreover, Mercy General Hospital, Sutter Memorial Hospital and the University of California Davis Medical Center are within a convenient 5 minute drive of the greater downtown area.
Old Sacramento is one of the longest standing attractions in the city. The neighborhood itself is located between the Sacramento River and Interstate 5. Hundreds of visitors flock to its many historical attractions and world-renowned museums hoping to relive the district’s own golden age, the California Gold Rush. Others head towards the neighborhood’s live theatre and dine at the many elegant, old-fashioned restaurants.
For those looking for outdoor recreational activities, the city hosts a plethora of convenient attractions. Golfers have a couple options, including the more notable Bing Maloney and William Land Municipal Golf Course. The Sacramento Zoo, which lies next to the William Land Golf Course, spreads across 14 acres and offers over 400 animal exhibits. For traveling, the city boasts its own airport (Sacramento Executive Airport, located on the city’s southern edge) for locals’ convenient long-distance travels.
California State University Sacramento, more commonly called Sacramento State, is a public university within the eastern quadrant of the city. The public school is the sixth largest in California and boasts around 24,000 enrolled undergraduate students. It’s 60 undergraduate degrees, 40 master’s programs and the school’s rich athletics department make it the 67th best University of the West (says Best Colleges). Many local high school students choose Sacramento City College as their next option, using it as a stepping stone to a better academic career.
Sacramento’s residential quarters are broken up into two parts: finely tuned neighborhoods closer to downtown and the district’s more open and older residences located on the outskirts of the city, but both offer their own set of perks. The neighborhoods that lie closer to downtown Sacramento are newer, two-story homes tightly packed into neat rows. They are closer to the busy lifestyles and buzzing commercial activity with elegant Victorian homes situated across the main drags of the community. Along the outlining districts of Sacramento are the area’s older, one-story homes plotted on large properties. The residences are commonly situated on long, orderly streets with green shrubbery popping up on every yard. Moreover, a plethora of scattered parks blanket the area, in which case many families congregate around these convenient escapes.
Drivers have many commuting options. Highway 5 runs north and south, while Highway 80 cuts across the northern half of Sacramento. Downtown Sacramento is littered with crisscrossing highways filtering out in every direction. Furthermore, the city offers an intricate bus system that traverses throughout the downtown area.
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