Sacramento Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Sacramento

The best time to visit Sacramento is from April to June or September through November. Sacramento sees most of its festivals in May and June, but the California State Fair doesn't come to town until July when California's Central Valley usually experiences extreme heat. The hotter months also bring severe to exceptional droughts to the region. You'll find less crowding and more rainfall in the winter months. The rest of the year sees pleasant temperatures with highs in the 70s, 80s and 90s with low humidity. 

Weather in Sacramento

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Average Temperature (°F)
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65
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71
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88
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92
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87
56
78
50
64
43
54
38
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Average Precipitation (in)
3.62
3.46
2.76
1.14
0.67
0.2
0
0.04
0.28
0.94
2.09
3.27
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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

April-June

High temperatures in the 70s and 80s make for great sightseeing weather with little humidity or rain. This is also the time of year for most outdoor festivals and outdoor concerts in the area. 

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July-August

This is when the California State Fair comes to town, along with the extreme high temperatures. The Central Valley region sees regular highs in the 90s so make sure to drink lots of water and bring along sunscreen if you make a trip during the summer. 

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September-November

Fall brings more pleasant temperatures and refreshing lows in the mid- to low 50s. This is an ideal time to enjoy the outdoor activities Sacramento has to offer like water sports on the Sacramento or American rivers or golf at one of the four public complexes in the city.

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December-March

Sacramento doesn't experience harsh winters, with highs in the mid-50s to mid-60s, but this is when the area sees the majority of its rainfall.

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Popular Times to Visit Sacramento

Average Tourist Volumes

Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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