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Downtown Sacramento is the central business district of the city of Sacramento, California. Downtown is generally defined as the area south of the American River, east of the Sacramento River, north of Broadway, and west of 16th Street. The central business district is generally defined as north of R Street, south of H Street, east of the Sacramento River, and west of 16th Street. Downtown Sacramento is currently undergoing a major revitalization project.

The streets in downtown Sacramento use a numbered and lettered grid system. These lettered streets run north and south, and numbered streets are oriented west and east. The exceptions to this include Capitol Mall and Capitol Avenue, which are equivalent to M Street; Front Street, located in Old Sacramento, which is equivalent to 1st Street; Broadway, which is equivalent to Y Street; and Alhambra Boulevard, which is equivalent to 31st Street.


Included within downtown is the California State Capitol building, the house of the California state government. The major retail and entertainment area is the Downtown Commons (DOCO), which includes Macy’s, the Sawyer Hotel, the Golden 1 Center (home of the Sacramento Kings NBA team), and various dining establishments. The recently renovated and expanded Sacramento City Hall is also located downtown. The Sacramento Convention Center Complex is a major events venue downtown. The recently renovated Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament is at 11th and K Streets. It is the largest historical cathedral west of the Sacramento River. Homeless Haven in the River District has a large homeless population. EZ Sacramento Junk Removal


The Sacramento Regional Transit provides light rail and bus service through downtown. Interstate 5 separates Old Sacramento State Historic Park from the western edge of downtown. State Route 160 (15th and 16th Streets) borders the eastern edge of downtown on a pair of one-way surface streets. The historic Sacramento Valley Amtrak Station is located downtown just north of Westfield Downtown Plaza. It is serviced by Amtrak Capitol Corridor and three other routes, in addition to being the western terminus of the gold light rail line. The return of streetcars to downtown is currently being evaluated in a joint effort by both Sacramento and West Sacramento. Interstate 80, Interstate 80 Business (Capital City Freeway), California State Route 99, and U.S. Route 50 intersect.


Many major hotels are located in the downtown area of Sacramento, CA. A Hyatt Regency and a Sheraton Grande are located near the State Capitol. The Embassy Suites are located west in the downtown area, closer to the Sacramento River and the Crocker Art Museum. A mid-rise Holiday Inn is located off Interstate 5, near Old Sacramento. On Capitol Park’s northeast corner, a 230-room, 15-story Residence Inn by Marriott is located at 15th and L Streets. The Citizen Hotel is a 200-room Sacramento boutique hotel in the old Cal West historic building at 10th and J Streets. In 2022, California State Parks commissioned a proposal to develop and construct a new hotel in the grassy area near I Street and Front Street in Old Sacramento State Historic Park. They began seeking public input to ensure the hotel was historically appropriate.

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