Anyway, my friend told me she is planning to move to Sacramento to escape the long bitter cold of winter. She said she is not really crazy about San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles or any other coastal cities of California because of their high cost of living. Sacramento she found out, being inland, is cheaper than the coastal cities of California. It would just be right for her even though Sacramento's cost of living is still more expensive than where she lives right now and most of US because she said she is willing to downsize or live in a smaller place. Aside from escaping the bitter cold, she also sees the advantages of living in a smaller house/condo. Less time for home cleaning and maintenance, more time for life's leisure.
Too bad, Sacramento is too far from San Diego, about 8-hours drive away (500 miles)! Otherwise, I and my friend can go hiking more often. :) However, Sacramento is close to many places of interest I have been actually. Here are some of the places of interest in California near and around Sacramento. I am sure my friend would love visiting, being also an outdoorsy person.
1. San Francisco (100 miles, 1.5 hour drive ) and the Bay Area (75 miles, a little bit more than an hour drive)
2. Lake Tahoe ( 2 hours drive away, about 118 miles )
4. Yosemite National Park ( 3 hours away, about 180 miles )
The only drawback is that Sacramento is not too close to the ocean. The nearest beach is maybe 2.5 hours away. But for someone who loves both city and mountain escapes and does not mind not seeing the ocean for a week or a month like my friend, Sacramento is an ideal place to live.