Sacramento occupies a picturesque valley at the confluence of the Sacramento and American Rivers in central California. The area that would become the city of Sacramento was populated by Native Americans and colonized by the Spanish in the early 19th century. The city itself was founded in 1850 and made the permanent state capital in 1879.
Known as the City of Trees, the city has thousands of acres of urban forest and has more trees per capita within the city limits than any other city in the world. Sacramento is characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, cool winters with a considerable amount of rain – in fact, the entire city has flooded at least twice in modern times.
The city has many cultural activities including performing arts venues, museums, galleries and more. The city is also known for its farm-to-fork food philosophy, and it has more than 60 microbreweries in addition to wineries and cocktail lounges.
As the capital of California, Sacramento is a stop for business travelers, politicians, tourists and other visitors of all kinds. A corporate meeting in Sacramento is easily accessible via the international airport, and there are plenty of activities to keep everyone busy before and after an event.
Attractions in Sacramento
With its mild climate, access to rivers and forests, several tourist attractions and leading-edge cuisine, visitors and locals alike will find plenty to do in Sacramento. Many of the attractions also make for great photo opportunities and unforgettable memories with friends and family.
- California State Railroad Museum
California has lived by the rails since the arrival of the transcontinental railroad was completed in 1869. It connected the state’s rich agricultural, oil and timber resources with the rest of the country much more quickly than sailing. The California State Railroad Museum features artifacts, rail cars and other information about the golden age of rail travel, along with elaborate toy train setups.
- Old Sacramento
Lining the waterfront of the Sacramento River, Old Sacramento is part of the city’s historic district. Visitors have numerous dining and shopping opportunities, as well as museums, carnival rides, carriage rides and river cruises. The neighborhood also hosts many events and festivals throughout the year, from Superbowl watch parties to cultural and food festivals. The area is a designated National Historic Landmark.
- Sacramento Zoo
Established in 1927, the Sacramento Zoo is a non-profit education-focused zoo that began as the “little zoo in the park.” Today, the zoo features more than 500 animals of many different species, including mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians and fish. Visitors can see crowd favorites like chimpanzees, lemurs, cheetahs, lions and kangaroos, as well as endangered snow leopards and other uncommon animals. There are also animal ambassadors to help visitors of all ages learn about conservation and habitats.
Production Locations in Sacramento
Removed from the hustle and bustle of southern California, Sacramento is an entirely different landscape from SoCal. Sacramento has been home to productions both old and new, from Cool Hand Luke and Pink Cadillac to Memoirs of a Geisha and Free Solo.
- Forest Land
Sacramento is known as the City of Trees, and there are thousands of acres of urban forest land perfect for photo shoots and natural filming opportunities. If you can’t find something that suits your needs within the city limits, there are national and state parks located just a stone’s throw away.
- Restaurants and Bars
Many films and television series have dining scenes, whether in the home or in a public restaurant. Intimate proposals, fight scenes, parties and even some horror scenes happen while unsuspecting diners enjoy their dinners. Sacramento has a variety of restaurants and bars available for filming based on the type of scene you’re shooting. A cozy, family-friendly restaurant and bar has a pleasing atmosphere and is available for large and small scenes.
- Studio Space
Small filming projects like commercials and advertisements sometimes require a closed studio, and many photo shoots utilize static elements like backdrops and props. Sacramento has several options for both empty studio space and large spaces with full audio, lighting and green screen setups. An attractive but empty studio is a blank space for any type of photo shoot. If you’re only looking to record audio, you can do it in style at an outer space inspired audio studio.
Event and Meeting Spaces in Sacramento
From weddings to dinner parties to corporate annual meetings, you’ll find an event space that suits your needs, audience and theme. Choose from conference centers, office spaces, private residences and more. Each location has several local businesses to support your event.
- Private Homes
Sacramento is an old city that blends its past with its modern future. Within its neighborhoods, you’ll find homes that meet your filming needs from old to new. A film venue like a rustic, riverfront former scout camp evokes feelings of earlier time periods and country living, while a 1935 Spanish Revival with a modern twist is a clean, comfortable setting for any movie set.
- Conference and Event Centers
Hosting a large event such as an industry conference or trade show, corporate meeting, presentation or lecture requires a lot of space, adequate facilities like parking and restrooms, and room for meetings. A conference center will have plenty of room for trade show exhibits, rooms for breakout sessions, plenty of onsite parking, options for catering or beverage services and presentation space. There are also several event halls that make excellent wedding venues in Sacramento and can be transformed from ordinary to extraordinary.
- River and Parks
Sacramento sits at the confluence of two rivers, and there are more beautiful outdoor spaces in the city limits than many places have in their surrounding areas. The river banks and surrounding parklands make for some of the best photo shoot locations in Sacramento.