California's state capital, located slightly inland in the middle of the state, is an eclectic mix of neighborhoods that range from typical college towns to historical villages. Performing arts are pinnacle in Sacramento, home to several major theater groups and venues along with an impressive number of community theater troupes. Its summer stock theater isn't to be missed, as accomplished actors and directors flock from New York in the summer months to hone their craft.

Music fans will always find something pleasing amid Sacramento's vibrant music scene, ranging from the Sacramento Philharmonic to world-class Dixieland jazz. The annual Sammie awards (Sacramento Music Awards) and Sacramento Jazz Jubilee brings incredible talent to the city. Sports fans can take in a Sacramento Kings game or cast a few lines in Discovery Park.