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Sacramento is the capital of the State of California and the county seat of Sacramento County. Located in California's expansive Central Valley, it is the seventh most populous city in California. The city is the cultural and economic center of a metropolitan area with a population of 2,042,283, the fourth-largest in California.
Sacramento was largely settled during the California Gold Rush, where it was a major distribution point, a commercial and agricultural center, and a terminus for wagon trains, stagecoaches, riverboats, the Pony Express, and the First Transcontinental Railroad. Major attractions include the California State Railroad Museum, the Crocker Art Museum, the Delta King Riverboat, Sutter's Fort State Historic Park, and the Discovery Museum. Old Sacramento, an area of the city preserved from the original buildings of the Gold Rush, includes museums, entertainment, restaurants and great shopping.
The conference hotel, one of the finest hotels in Sacramento is located directly across from Capitol Park and the State Capitol. The hotel is adjacent to the K-Street Mall, an outdoor mall of shops, sidewalk cafes, restaurants, and movie theatres.
The nearest airport to the conference venue is the Sacramento International Airport. This international airport services Alaska Airlines, Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue, Northwest Airlines, and United Airlines. The airport is northwest of Sacramento about 20-25 minutes from the hotel. Ground transportation can be arranged through rental cars, taxis, or Supershuttle.