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A Capital Destination

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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.

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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.

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

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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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