California’s capital city is flat and sprawling, with a Midwestern/art deco downtown vibe. The climate here is temperate, but there are four distinct seasons. Spring and Fall are balmy, breezy, and mild. Winters tend to be cool, wet, and windy. Summers are typically dry and hot. You’ll love the artsy, electric downtown vibe. Tree-lined, two-lane streets are flanked by Victorian homes and art-deco lofts, speckled with stately government buildings, and enhanced by lush parks, fountains, and sculptures. Gay-friendly shops restaurants, and hotels abound.
There is a highly active gay community throughout Sacramento, so don’t feel like you have to limit yourself to the Lavender District. For example, there’s a clothing-optional gay beach at the American River…just be ready for cold water!
The Gay Scene in Sacramento
Although less well-known than San Francisco or L.A. the GLBT population is very united here and the city is sophisticated, diverse, and gay-friendly. Lavender Heights in Midtown, between E and N Streets and 20th and 29th Streets, is the gay area of Sacramento. This is where you’ll find most of the GLBT clubs and bars as well as the gay-owned restaurants, shops, and hotels. Here you’ll also find the Lavender Library Archive and Cultural Exchange and the Sacramento Gay and Lesbian Center.