About Sacramento International Airport
Dubbed the "Gateway to Northern California and the World," Sacramento International Airport offers more than 320 flights every day to destinations around the globe. SMF sits 12 miles from downtown Sacramento and serves 12 major carriers. The largest airline at SMF is Southwest Airlines, which accounts for many of the airport's passengers. In 2012, the airport handled nearly 9 million passengers. In the two terminals, visitors will find artwork from international artists including mixed media, digital aerial images and colored skylights. You won't have to travel on an empty stomach either, since SMF has dozens of restaurants and coffee shops as well as electronic and jewelry spots.
After you arrive in Sacramento, drop your things at one of the hotels near Sacramento airport. Located 4 miles from the hub, Holiday Inn Express Sacramento is a great option for business travelers, as it offers a business center, Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and two meeting rooms. Similarly, Staybridge Suites Sacramento Airport Natomas has great amenities, from a fitness center to an outdoor swimming pool. For a classy stay, you might want to consider Four Points By Sheraton Sacramento International Airport.
Welcome to Sacramento
As the state capital and one of the most historic cities in California, Sacramento blends landmarks, shopping and entertainment. The city sits at the convergence of the Sacramento and American rivers, which provide visitors and residents with waterfront dining, boating and swimming. Around 480,000 people call Sacramento home, enjoying a moderate climate throughout the year. During the winters, temperatures average in the 50s and during the summer, highs reach the 90s.
Before settlers arrived, Sacramento was inhabited by the Nisenan for nearly 10,000 years. It wasn't until 1839 that a town formed with the establishment of Sutter's Fort, which can still be seen today. In Spanish, Sacramento translates into "Holy Sacramento" and was originally started as a transit hub connecting the coast to the gold-filled Sierra Nevada. Today, visitors can navigate the city's easy downtown grid by public transit - the Capitol Corridor is the Northern California passenger train system - car, foot or the local's preferred choice: bike.
Things to Do in Sacramento
Sacramento has a range of attractions for both the business traveler and leisure lover. One of the most iconic features of the city is Tower Bridge, a pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular bridge that connects Sacramento and West Sacramento. Linking California State University to the northeast bank of the river, Guy A. West Memorial Bridge is another pleasant overlook. Be sure to take a tour of Sutter's Fort, the California historic Park that features public tours that give a glimpse of the gold rush era. After the gold boom, the railroad began to spur city growth, a moment in time that can be seen at the California State Railroad Museum, North America's largest railroad museum.
Old Sacramento is the shopping and entertainment district that consists of 28 acres of Sacramento's waterfront, home to monumental history and public museums. Shoppers should head to Arden Fair Mall, the largest shopping mall in Sacramento, while politician junkies make their way to the California State Capitol and Museum, a 19th century granite building modeled after the U.S. Capitol. Expand your horizons at the Crocker Art Museum, one of the first art museums in the U.S. that still stands as a top art institution. Get back to nature along the American River Bicycle Trail, where visitors can rent bikes and cruise the city.