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Welcome to the Gold Country – just the name itself conjures up images of the Old West, with cowboys and Indians, stage coaches and steam engines, 49ers and rowdy saloons. 

The excitement from the discovery of gold here in 1848 continues to this day. Where else can a visitor enjoy a world-class railroad museum, travel the rails in operational steam engines along unspoiled countryside, visit an old mining town, and tour a fascinating American Indian museum. Not to mention the lakes, rivers, and stunning scenery that abounds.

In addition to numerous rustic mining towns and picturesque State Historic Parks, Gold Country is now home to award-winning wineries, fine restaurants, upscale boutiques, antique shops, and art galleries. Outdoor recreation is high on the list of activities in Gold Country.

The Gold Country is one of California’s “Golden State” highlights. Area activities include camping and backpacking, caverns and caves, fishing, gold panning, hiking, sightseeing, historical tours and mines, horseback rides, river rafting, snow skiing, scenic drives and so much more

Amador County
In Amador County, you will enjoy the historic Gold Rush towns. The county boasts many museums, galleries, antique shops and historical sites, as well as Indian Grinding Rock State Historical Park and Cultural Center and a wide range of outdoor recreational activities for all seasons.

In the spring, the beauty of Daffodil Hill just outside of Volcano explodes with thousands of blossoms. Visit the historical Kennedy Gold Mine. Tour and sample wines from more than 45 award-winning wineries nestled along the foothills.

Calaveras County
Home to Mark Twain and the famous Jumping Frog Jubilee, Calaveras County is filled with quaint historic Gold Rush towns, wineries and acres of scenic beauty. Calaveras County is blessed with an almost perfect climate, giant Sequoias, caverns, lakes and rivers.

Big Trees State Park has been attracting visitors for over one hundred years. In addition to its caverns offering guided tours and abundance of outdoor recreation, Calaveras wineries are attracting national and international interest. 

Tuolumne County
Once home to the Mi-Wuk Indians, Sonora, the Tuolumne County seat, was changed forever by the discovery of “gold in them thar hills!” Sonora was a cosmopolitan (and often lawless) settlement, attracting people from around the world and still holds vestiges of its frontier days that can be seen on any downtown street as you shop the many new boutiques.

The other towns within the county are similarly rich in history: Jamestown, where you can see steam trains and ride along with ghosts of past movies filmed here; Columbia, a former gold rush camp and home of the Columbia State Historic Park, ride the Wells Fargo Stage Coach, or have a sarsaparilla at one of the saloons, and Groveland, one of the county’s earliest towns.

There are fine restaurants, art galleries and plenty of shopping in Tuolumne County with Yosemite National Park and Stanislaus National Forest nearby.

In all three of these counties – Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne – there are many treasures that continue to enrich the lives of those who visit there today.  Around every bend in the road, there is an adventure waiting for you in Gold Country.