Sacramento and the Gold Country Sights

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California State Railroad Museum

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Near what was the terminus of the transcontinental and Sacramento Valley railroads, this 100,000-square-foot museum is a re-creation...


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The lacy plasterwork of the Capitol's 120-foot-high rotunda has the complexity and colors of a Fabergé egg. Underneath the gilded dome...

Central Pacific Railroad Passenger Station

  • Tour–Sight

At this reconstructed 1876 depot there's rolling stock to admire, a typical waiting room, and a small restaurant. Part of the year a...

Columbia State Historic Park

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Columbia comes as close to a gold-rush town in its heyday as any site in the Gold Country. Usually you can ride a stagecoach, pan for...

Crocker Art Museum

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Established in 1885, this esteemed art museum contains one of the finest collections of Californian art in the nation—two highlights...

Daffodil Hill

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Each spring a 4-acre hillside east of Sutter Creek erupts in a riot of yellow and gold as 300,000 daffodils burst into bloom. The garden...

Empire Mine State Historic Park

  • Mine

Relive the days of gold, grit, and glory, when this mine was one of the biggest and most prosperous hard-rock gold mines in North America.

Firehouse No. 1

  • Building/Architectural Site

With its gingerbread-trim bell tower, Firehouse No. 1 is one of the Gold Country's most distinctive buildings. A museum, it houses gold-rush...

Gold Country Museum

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You'll get a feel for life in the mines at this museum whose highlights include a re-created mine tunnel, a gold-panning stream, and...

Gold Prospecting Adventures

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You'll get a real feel (sort of) for the life of a prospector on the three-hour gold-panning excursions led by this outfit's congenial...


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