With the departure of now former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver, California's capital has lost some star power... but its luster shines brighter than ever. Why do meeting planners and travelers chose to visit Sacramento long after the days of the Gold Rush?

Zwahlen Images: California State Capitol and Capitol Park

Unlike other cities in the Golden State, Sacramento is not a concrete jungle. Its skyscrapers do not tower above like Amazonian trees; its freeways do not snake like vines. Graced by 320 days of sunshine a year, the City of Trees entices people outdoors -- where conversations create a sense of community. Irresistible are the casual walks and short bicycle rides between downtown Sacramento hotels, meeting facilities, tourist attractions, shopping boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and cafes (many with outdoor dining), theaters and nightlife.

Know what locals know: Neighborhood parks do more than dot city maps. They host a variety of community events from farmers markets to festivals. Don't be left out of the fun! Check Sacramento365.com, the Sacramento calendar of events.

Learn more about complimentary meeting and convention planning services from the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau.