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Sacramento and the Gold Country Travel Guide

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Plan Your Sacramento and the Gold Country Vacation

The Gold Country is one of California's less expensive destinations, a region of the Sierra Nevada foothills that’s filled with natural and cultural pleasures. Visitors come to Nevada City, Auburn, Coloma, Sutter Creek, and Columbia not only to relive the past but also to explore art galleries, shop for antiques, and stay at friendly, atmospheric inns. Spring brings wildflowers, and

in fall the hills are colored by bright red berries and changing leaves. Because it offers plenty of outdoor diversions, the Gold Country is a great place to take kids.

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Updated 1/20/2014

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Gold Rush Marshall Gold Discovery State Park and Hangtown's Gold Bug & Mine conjure up California's mid-19th century boom.
  2. State Capital Easygoing Sacramento offers sights like the Capitol and historic Old Sacramento along with a sophisticated dining scene.
  3. Bon appetit Sacramento is home to the California state fair in July and several ethnic food festivals. Nevada City and environs are known for summer mountain-music festivals and Victorian and Cornish winter-holiday celebrations.
  4. Wine Tasting With bucolic scenery and friendly tasting rooms, the Gold Country’s Shenandoah Valley has become an acclaimed wine-making region, specializing in Zinfindel.
  5. Sequoias and Caverns Calaveras Big Trees State Park is filled with giant sequoias, and Moaning Cavern's main chamber is big enough to hold the Statue of Liberty.

When To Go

When to Go

The Gold Country is most pleasant in spring, when the wildflowers are in bloom, and in fall. Summers can be hot: temperatures of 100°F are fairly comm...

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