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. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. California Cavern

    Cave

    A ½-mile subterranean trail winds through large chambers and past underground streams and lakes. There aren't many steps to climb, but it's...Read More

  • 13. California Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    Showcasing longtime and temporary residents who helped elevate the Golden State, this museum displays artifacts from the State Constitution...Read More

  • 14. California State Mining and Mineral Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    A California state park, the museum has displays on gold-rush history including a replica hard-rock mine shaft to walk through, a miniature...Read More

  • 15. Central Pacific Railroad Passenger Station

    Old Sacramento | Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    At this reconstructed 1876 depot there's rolling stock to admire and a typical waiting room. Part of the year a train departs from the freight...Read More

  • 16. Gold Prospecting Adventures

    Tour–Sight

    You'll get a real feel (sort of) for the life of a prospector on the three-hour gold-panning excursions (reservations recommended) led by this...Read More

  • 17. Gold Rush Museum

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 18. Hangtown's Gold Bug Park & Mine

    Mine

    Take a self-guided tour of this fully lighted mine shaft within a park owned by the City of Placerville. The worthwhile audio tour (included...Read More

  • 19. North Star Mining Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Housed in a former power house, the museum displays the 32-foot-high Pelton Water Wheel, said to be the largest ever built. It was used to power...Read More

  • 20. Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum

    Old Sacramento | Museum/Gallery

    A kid-friendly attraction that shows what one-room schoolhouses were like in central California and the Sierra foothills in the late 1800s,...Read More

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