General Information

Tuesday Tours – All participants

USA Visa Information

For information on how to obtain a USA visa, visit the US Department of State official web site at:
http://travel.state.gov/visa/icon external link

Banks

Monday – Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday Closed

Most branches have 24 hour automatic teller machines (ATM).

Climate

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 temperatures in September are 87.5°F (30.8 °C) and 55.8°F (13.2 °C).

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Currency

The United States dollar (sign: $; code: USD; also abbreviated US$), also referred to as the American dollar, is the official currency of the United States of America. It is divided into 100 smaller units called cents or pennies.

Electricity

The electrical supply is 120 volts, 60Hz. If you travel to the United States of America / USA with a device that does not accept 120 Volts at 60 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter. Outlets in United States of America / USA generally accept flat blade plugs. If your appliances plug has a different shape, you may need a plug adapter.

Language

English is spoken throughout the USA and is the official language for the Conference.

Mobile Phones

Mobile phones can be readily rented at telecommunication outlets in Sacramento.

Shopping

Westfield Downtown Plaza Shopping Center is located at 547 L Street Sacramento CA 95814 (phone: 916.442.4000). http://www.westfield.com/downtownplaza/
Westfield retail shopping hours:

Monday – Friday 10:30am - 8:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 8:00pm
Sunday 11:00am - 6:00pm

Hours vary at smaller shopping centers and in the nearby cities.

Taxes

A sales tax of 7.75 % applies to all consumer goods, and is not included in retail prices. 

Tipping

Service charges are not added to accounts by hotels and restaurants. You may tip hotel porters and restaurant wait-staff (up to 10% of the bill) if you wish to acknowledge exceptional service. At any time, tipping is your choice.

Transport

From the airport
The Conference does not provide any transfers from the airport to the Conference venue or hotels. All delegates must make their own transport arrangements from the airport.

Public Transport
Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT) operates 64 bus routes and 37.5 miles of light rail covering a 418 square-mile service area. Bus maps and timetables are available from bus interchanges in the city. Visit http://www.sacrt.com/icon external link

The hotel is conveniently located at 13th and J Streets, on the Yolobus 42A direct bus line just 12 miles from the Sacramento Airport (SMF). Fares are $2 each way for the 20-25 minute ride; the bus leaves at about 20-25 minutes past each hour from in front of both terminals (last bus 10:25 pm, http://www.yolobus.com/routes/index.php/42Aicon external link ) Alternatively taxis are about $30 and take 15-20 minutes.

Bus Route

San Francisco Arrival/Departure

If you fly to San Francisco or want to tour SF for a day or so, then rental car is the easiest way to/from San Francisco, note there is no extra charge for a one-way rental to/from San Francisco to Sacramento with most car rental companies, so a one day rental is easy (Hertz is who I usually use, with a Sacramento Downtown location at 1025 16th St., but others may be fine).  There are also some shuttle services that are more expensive (Davis Airporter etc., see the web for these). Otherwise make your plane reservations to Sacramento directly and take bus 42A to the hotel. 

Taxis

Sacramento has many taxi companies which can be accessed by phone bookings or from designated ranks that are clearly signposted throughout the city.

For a list of taxi services in Sacramento, click on the following link:

 google Google Map for Taxi Services in Sacramentoicon external link