Attractions

Historic Site in Coloma-Lotus Valley

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

This historical park stands on the site of James Marshall's riot-inducing discovery, with a replica of Sutter's Mill, restored buildings and gold-panning opportunities for kids. There's a hilltop monument to Marshal…
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 near Bridgeport, the USA’s longest covered wooden bridge (temporarily closed for restoration at the time of rese…
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 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, state-operated collection of trains and railroad equipment is the photogenic sister to Sacramento's rail museum. It's served as backdrop for countless films and…
Historic Site in Columbia State Historic Park

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 Caverns 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 E…
Historic Site in Placerville

Hangtown's Gold Bug Park & Mine

About 1 mile north of town via Bedford Ave, this historical park stands on the site of four mining claims that yielded gold from 1849 to 1888. You can descend into the Gold Bug Mine with a self-guided audio tour, do…
Winery in Amador County Wine Region

Andis Wines

Inside a modern glass-walled tasting room, Andis Wines pours a rich array of reds, especially Barbera, Zinfandel and Grenache. Buy a carafe and linger a while at outdoor picnic tables with hilltop views over the vin…
Winery in Placerville

Boeger Winery

Amid vineyards that were planted in the Gold Rush era, relegated to producing sacramental wine for the local church during Prohibition, and then restored in the 1970s, this historic winery pours a mind-boggling numb…