Carved in white stone, a male and female figure are seated opposite a bird with its wings upraised.

The Three-Day Best of Sacramento

Sacramento is an easy destination to visit in a long weekend. In this three-day itinerary, Christopher Arns points you toward all the must-see attractions. Get ready to immerse yourself in the capital’s exciting mix of history and political theater!

California State Capitol Building. Photo © John Painting/123rf.

Sacramento’s People Power: A Day in California’s State Capital

Pop into your state representative’s office inside the Capitol or start a rally outside on the steps. Get inspired by wandering through one of Sacramento’s most fascinating museums. Retrace a famous protest march. Author Christopher Arns proves that no matter how you experience Sacramento, California’s beating political heart, the result is more than memorable.

The Brazilian flag on a white background.

Obamas Take to the Campaign Trail in Brazil

With impressively loose restrictions on the names that can be placed on ballots, Brazilians are faced with no less than 5 Batmans and 16 Obamas running for office in the country’s upcoming municipal elections, the first round of which takes place on October 7.

View down into Guanabara Bay with the round peak of Sugarloaf Mountain rising from the peninsula.

Flying Down to Rio with the Obamas

Shortly after Obama was sworn in as president, polls showed that Brazilians’ “good opinion” of the U.S. had shot up to 73 percent. Brazilians – an estimated 45 percent of whom can claim some African descent – celebrated the victory of the “black candidate” as if Carnaval had suddenly been proclaimed in November.