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A Capital Destination


Our stay in Sacramento was mainly out of convenience - we would have had to change here anyway before making our way north - but the city has proved to be an unexpectedly worthwhile destination in itself.

For a start, our hostel is one of the most interesting buildings that we've stayed in. A former mansion, originally completed in 1885, it has since been uprooted and moved three times - in 1906, 1994 and 2001 - and now occupies its original location.


Then there's Old Sacramento, the historic region of the city, featuring buildings dating from the nineteenth century. As you might expect, they're now mainly gift shops.



And of course Sacramento is California's state capital. The Capitol building looks a lot like the one in Washington DC.


It's no longer the stomping ground of Arnold 'the Governator' Schwarzenegger - his successor Jerry Brown was sworn in at the start of this year. Unfortunately we didn't have time for a tour of the building to see the wooden picnic table that has replaced the former governor's boardroom table.

Posted by shoestring 20:50 Archived in USA Tagged california usa capital state capitol jerry sacramento brown arnold schwarzenegger

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