Sacramento and the Gold Country

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  • 1. Angels Camp Museum

    Historic District/Site

    Learn a little bit about Mark Twain's "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"—and Angels Camp's celebrated frog-jumping contests—at...Read More

  • 2. Calaveras Big Tree State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    The park protects hundreds of the largest and rarest living things on the planet—magnificent giant sequoia redwood trees. Some are 3,000 years...Read More

  • 3. California State Railroad Museum

    Old Sacramento | Museum/Gallery

    Sprawling over three floors and taking up the equivalent of 2½ acres of space, this museum celebrates the history of trains from their 19th...Read More

  • 4. Capitol

    Downtown | Government Building

    Built in 1869 and topped by a 128-foot gilded dome, the Capitol functions as both a working museum and the active seat of California's government...Read More

  • 5. Columbia State Historic Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Columbia is both a functioning community and a historically preserved gold-rush town. Usually you can ride a stagecoach, pan for gold, and watch...Read More

  • 6. Crocker Art Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    Established in 1885 with a collection assembled by California Supreme Court judge E.B. Crocker (brother of Charles Crocker, of railroad-baron...Read More

  • 7. Empire Mine State Historic Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Starting with the "secret map" that mine management hid from miners, you can relive the days of gold, grit, and glory, when this mine was one...Read More

  • 8. Holly's Hill Vineyards

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    The founders of this woodsy hilltop winery 7 miles south of Apple Hill tasted Châteauneuf-du-Pape on their honeymoon, sparking a lifetime passion...Read More

  • 9. Lava Cap Winery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Nineteenth-century miners knew if they found the type of volcanic rocks visible everywhere on this winery's property that gold was nearby. These...Read More

  • 10. Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park

    Downtown | House/Mansion/Villa

    In 1856 this structure's original owner built a modest two-story row house purchased a few years later by Leland Stanford, a railroad baron...Read More

  • 11. Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Most of Coloma lies within the historic park along the banks of the south fork of the American River. Though crowded with tourists in summer...Read More

  • 12. Moaning Cavern

    Cave

    For a different sort of underground jewel, wander into an ancient limestone cave, where stalactites and stalagmites, not gold and silver, await...Read More

  • 13. Railtown 1897 State Historic Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    A must for rail enthusiasts and families with kids, this is one of the most intact early roundhouses (maintenance facilities) in North America...Read More

  • 14. Reiff's Gas Station Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Mark Reiff, an inveterate collector of gas-station pumps and signs, converted his home in a residential neighborhood into a joyful homage to...Read More

  • 15. Apple Hill

    Farm/Ranch

    From July to late December, Apple Hill Growers Association members open their orchards and vineyards for apple and berry picking, picnicking...Read More

  • 16. Artery

    Museum/Gallery

    The work of Northern California craftspeople is displayed at the Artery, an artists' cooperative that includes decorative and functional ceramics...Read More

  • 17. Bernhard Museum Complex

    Museum/Gallery

    Party like it's 1889 at this space whose main structure opened in 1851 as the Traveler's Rest Hotel and for 100 years was the residence of the...Read More

  • 18. Black Chasm Cavern National Natural Landmark

    Cave

    Guided 50-minute tours take you past stalactites, stalagmites, and rare formations of delicate helictites in three underground chambers, one...Read More

  • 19. Boeger Winery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Founder Greg Boeger's ancestors established a Napa Valley winery in the late 19th century. In 1972, he revived a gold rush–era farm that once...Read More

  • 20. California Agriculture Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    This gigantic space provides a marvelous overview of the entire history of motorized agricultural vehicles through dozens and dozens of threshers...Read More

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