About Sacramento

Sacramento is the capital city of the U.S. state of California and the county seat of Sacramento County. It is located at the confluence of the Sacramento River and the American River in the northern portion of California's expansive Central Valley. With a population of 486,488 at the 2010 census, it is the sixth-largest city in California. Sacramento is the core cultural and economic center of the Sacramento metropolitan area which includes seven counties; with an estimated population of 2,527,123.[2] Its metropolitan area is the fourth largest in California after the Greater Los Angeles Area, San Francisco Bay Area, and the San Diego metropolitan area as well as the 22nd largest in the United States. A city attaining global status, Sacramento was cited by Time magazine as America's most ethnically and racially integrated city in 2002.

Sacramento has a Mediterranean climate, characterized by damp to wet, mild winters and hot, dry summers. The wet season is generally October through April, though there may be a day or two of light rainfall in June or September. The mean annual temperature is 61.1 °F (16.2 °C), with monthly means ranging from 45.8 °F (7.7 °C) in December to 75.4 °F (24.1 °C) in July. Summer heat is often moderated by a sea breeze known as the "delta breeze" which comes through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta from the San Francisco Bay, but it can be hot. The average high and low temperature in September are 87.5°F (30.8 °C) and 55.8°F (13.2 °C)..

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San Francisco

One of the interesting places to visit before or after  the workshop is the city of San  Francisco, located 140 kilometers (87 miles) west of Sacramento.  

San Francisco really is the shining city on a hill. Make that many hills, 43 in fact. With its cool temperatures and cool vibes, sea lions sunning themselves on the piers, and a confluence of bay and bridges, it always feels like something special is about to happen. This effervescent mix is why so many people want to live and visit there — to have some of that northern California magic rub off on them.

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The surrounding region offers a wealth of cultural and recreational opportunities.