Attractions

State Park in Calaveras County & South Gold Country

Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Home to giant sequoia trees that reach as high as 250ft with trunk diameters of over 25ft, these leftovers from the Mesozoic era are thought to weigh upwards of 2000 tons, or close to 10 blue whales. The giants are …
State Park in Sonora & Jamestown

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park

Five blocks east of Jamestown’s Main St, this 26-acre collection of trains and railroad equipment is the photogenic sister to Sacramento's rail museum. It's served as a backdrop for countless films and TV shows incl…
Museum in Sonora & Jamestown

Tuolumne County Museum

In the former 1857 Tuolumne County Jail, you'll find this great little museum with a fortune’s worth of gold on display in the form of nuggets and gold-bearing quartz. Each of the former jail cells takes on a differ…
Historic Site in Columbia

Columbia State Historic Park

The so-called ‘Gem of the Southern Mines’ is like a miniature Gold Rush Disneyland, but with more authenticity and heart. Four blocks of town have been preserved, where volunteers perambulate in 19th-century dress a…
Cave in Calaveras County & South Gold Country

California Cavern State Historic Landmark

California Cavern has the mother lode’s most extensive system of natural underground caverns. Regular tours take 60 to 80 minutes, or get a group together and reserve ahead for a three- to five-hour ‘Middle Earth Ex…
Winery in Murphys

Ironstone Vineyards

The unusually family-friendly atmosphere makes the wine feel secondary at Ironstone. There’s a natural spring waterfall, a mechanical pipe organ, frequent exhibits by local artists, and blooming grounds. By the deli…
Museum in Murphys

Murphys Old Timers Museum

The name is a good hint that this place approaches history with a humorous touch. Housed in an 1856 building, it has an inscrutable tintype of the outlaw Joaquin Murrieta and the entertaining ‘Wall of Comparative Ov…
Winery in Murphys

Newsome-Harlow

This family run winery pours the juicy red varietals that made them famous in their lively tasting lounge. At times, the place feels like the community social club. There's an on-site chef and fire pit, kids and dog…
Historic Site in Columbia

Columbia Museum

Looking rather like dinosaur bones, limestone and granite boulders are noticeable around town. These were washed out of the surrounding hills by hydraulic mining and scraped clean by prospectors. There’s a fascinati…
Winery in Murphys

Tanner

In downtown Murphys, start wine tasting at Tanner, whose family was the first to plant grapes and pay an alcohol tax in Calaveras County during the 1860s.