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Trains come in at 4th and I streets, near Old Sacramento, while Greyhound buses arrive at 7th and L streets. The airport is twelve miles northwest of the city: SuperShuttle Sacramento vans ($15; t 1-800/258-3826, w take you directly to your downtown destination.

Sacramento’s most accessible visitor information centre is at 1002 2nd St (daily 10am–5pm; t 916/442-7644, w Besides the central HI-Sacramento Hostel, 900 H St (t 916/443-1691, w; dorms from $28; private rooms $61–80), there are plenty of places to stay within walking distance of the city centre – the best value being the Econo Lodge, 711 16th St (t 916/443-6631 or t 1-800/553-2666, w; $41–60). Further away, the Vizcaya Pavilion & Mansion, 2019 21st St (t 916/455-5243, w; $81–100), offers good deals on historic luxury in a quiet residential area. Paesano’s, at 1806 Capitol Ave (t 916/447-8646), is a deservedly popular pizza restaurant; Tapa the World, at 2115 J St (t 916/442-4353), serves delicious tapas until midnight, often accompanied by live flamenco guitar; and Centro Cocina Mexicana, 2730 J St (t 916/442-2552), offers innovative Californian-Mexican fusion cuisine. For alternative live music try Old Ironsides, 1901 10th St (t 916/443-9751, w Pick up the free weekly Sacramento News & Review (w for more entertainment details.

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