Attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Coloma-Lotus Valley

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

This state park comprises a fascinating collection of buildings in a bucolic riverside setting at the site of James Marshall's riot-inducing discovery. Buy your ticket at the museum to display on the dashboard, retu…
Top Choice State Park in Nevada County & Northern Gold Country

Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park

An otherworldly testament to the mechanical determination of the gold hunt, Malakoff Diggins is a place to get lost on fern-lined trails and take in the raw beauty of a landscape recovering from brutal hydraulic min…
Top Choice Historic Site in Volcano

Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park

Two miles southwest of Volcano, this sacred area for the local Miwok comprises a museum in a traditional wooden roundhouse, a village site, a limestone outcrop covered with petroglyphs – 363 originals and a few mode…
Top Choice Museum in Placerville

El Dorado County Historical Museum

On the El Dorado County Fairgrounds west of downtown (exit north on Placerville Dr from Hwy 50), is this complex of restored buildings, mining equipment and re-created businesses telling the story of old 'Hangtown.'…
Historic Site in Grass Valley

Empire Mine State Historic Park

Atop 367 miles of mine shafts tunneling almost a vertical mile beneath the surface, Gold Country’s best-preserved gold-quartz-mining operation is worth a solid half-day’s exploration. From 1850 to 1956 the miners he…
State Park in Nevada County & Northern Gold Country

South Yuba River State Park

Cool off with a dip at South Yuba River State Park, which has popular swimming holes and hiking trails. It's near Bridgeport, which has the USA’s longest covered wooden bridge (temporarily closed for restoration at …
Park in Auburn

Auburn State Recreation Area

This is a park of deep gorges cut by the rushing waters of the North and Middle Forks of the American River, which converge below a bridge on Hwy 49, 4 miles south of Auburn. In early spring, when waters are high, t…
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…
Historic Site in Jackson

Kennedy Gold Mine

You can't miss the ominous steel headframe of the mine from the road, rising to 125ft. Its pulleys lifted ore and miners from the bowels of the earth. Guided tours last about 90 minutes and take you past the stamp, …