Situated at the confluence of the Sacramento River and the American
River, Sacramento is a true gem of Northern California. This capital
city is located less than two hours northeast of San Franciso and west
of the Eldorado National Forest. The area offers a wide range of
recreational and cultural attractions, as well as several impressive
active adult communities.
The Sacramento area boasts a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry
summers and mild winters, which is ideal for active adult retirees. Snow
is very rare in this part of Northern California, although Sacramento
residents may see an occasional flurry or light dusting. Snow does
accumulate in the foothills and mountains to the east, including the
famous ski resorts at nearby Lake Tahoe.
Those who are new to Sacramento may enjoy learning more about the
area by visiting some of the city’s historic attractions. In Old
Sacramento, visitors will find Gold Rush-era buildings and museums, as
well as contemporary boutique shops and a charming boardwalk along the
In addition to Old Sacramento, visitors can explore a variety of
distinctive shopping and dining centers throughout the city. Local
retail is sold through a variety of venues, including specialty shops,
department stores and shopping malls such as the Arden Fair Mall or
Westfield Downtown Plaza. Bargain shoppers can hunt for great deals at
both Folsom Premium Outlets and Vacaville Premium Outlets.
With a beautiful climate, it’s no surprise that outdoor recreations
are popular in the Sacramento area. Parks, sporting fields and nature
preserves offer a wide range of outdoor activities including hiking,
biking, kayaking, boating and wildlife observation.
As in other California cities, Golf is also a popular pastime. Many
beautiful and challenging courses can be found throughout the Sacramento
area. A few well-known public courses include the Empire Ranch, Teal
Bend and Turkey Creek Golf Clubs. Golfers might also want to try the
city’s newest 18-hole championship course, the Bartley W. Cavanaugh Golf
Sacramento’s cultural attractions are numerous, including a variety
of performing arts centers and art museums. A few notable companies
include B Street Theatre, the Sacramento Opera, the Sacramento Theatre
Company, Crest Theatre and The Cosmopolitan Cabaret.
Active adult communities
in the Sacramento area range from sprawling resort-style developments
to more intimate, age-restricted neighborhoods. Just 30 miles northeast
of Sacramento, Del Webb’s Sun City Lincoln Hills
community offers two 18-hole golf courses, indoor and outdoor swimming
pools, a variety of amenities and 6,800 beautiful residences.
Within Sacramento, Heritage Park
is more of a mid-sized community with 965 homes and plenty of
recreational amenities including a spacious clubhouse and several
outdoor sports courts. Those who would prefer to live in a smaller, more
intimate setting can explore nearby active adult communities such as Glenbrooke in Elk Grove or Four Seasons at El Dorado Hills.
Active adults who are interested in retiring in Northern California
would do well to consider the Sacramento area. The city offers many
exciting urban attractions, while the surrounding area boasts national
parks, mountains and lush vineyards. It is an ideal place to enjoy a
quiet, yet active retirement.
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