The Gold Country ~ Amador, Calaveras & Tuolumne counties

Museums, Living History, Sites & Tours

The discovery of gold here in 1848 touched off the largest gold rush in history. Reminders of those glory days can be found everywhere along Historic Highway 49 which runs 321 miles and links many of the 19th Century Mother Lode mining towns. Enjoy our history as well as the fine restaurants and cafes for lunch or dinner.

Amador County

(209) 223-6386
Amador County Museum
Gold Rush, Native American & Chinese-American exhibits
(866) 762-2837
Black Chasm Historic Cave Adventure Tours
historic caverns guided tours, gifts
(209) 296-7488
Chaw’se Indian Grinding Rock
events, ceremonies, camping & more
(209) 223-0350
Chew Kee Store
open Sat. noon-4, Apr. through Oct.
(209) 223-9542
Kennedy Tailing Wheels
two monstrous, 58-foot diameter wheels
(209) 245-6554
Shenandoah Valley Museum at Sobon Estate Winery
original D’Agostini winery building
(866) 762-2837
Sutter Gold Mine
gold mine guided tours, panning and gifts

Calaveras County

(530) 694-2475
Alpine County Chamber of Commerce
Discover Alpine County's hidden gems, unparalleled beauty and endless adventure! Stop by the Visitors Center for a FREE county map.
(800) 225-3764
Altaville School
historic landmark
(209) 736-2963
Angels Camp Museum
Located on the 3-acre, now defunct Angels Quartz Mine - the museum dedicates collections to inspire understanding of the gold country, sharing extraordinary stories from the past. Bring your lunch and enjoy a picnic under China Gulch oak trees where 49'ers prospected for gold.
(209) 754-1058
Calaveras Cnty. Hist. Society
gold country archives
(209) 754-4685
Calaveras County Museum
archeological artifacts
(866) 762-2837
California Caverns
cavern & mine tours
(209) 736-2561
Mark Twain’s Historic Jumping Frog Jubilee, Calaveras County Fairgrounds
(866) 762-2837
Moaning Caverns
cavern & mine tours
(209) 728-8471
Murphy's Business Association
Eat Stay Shop Taste Play
(209) 728-1160
Murphys Old Timers Museum
gold rush artifacts
(209) 588-0808
Quartz Mountain Stageline
authentic stage coach rides
(209) 754-0800
Red Barn Museum
Calaveras County history
(209) 795-6782
Sierra Nevada Logging Museum

Tuolumne County

(209) 984-4914
California Gold Company
authentic gold mining trips
(209) 536-1672
Columbia State Historic Park
theatre, history, tours and more
(209) 962-0300
Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum & Library
(209) 532-9693
Hidden Treasures Gold Mining Tours tour a real goldmine
(209) 984-4653
Jamestown Gold Prospecting Adventures
(209) 984-3953
Railtown 1897 Historic State Park in Jamestown
(209) 532-7890
Rother Corner Fire Museum
in the old Fire Station in Sonora
(209) 532-3120
Sierra Repertory Theatre
(209) 586-3007
Sonora Pass Wagon Train
historical wagon experience
(209) 533-0923
Tuolumne City Memorial Museum
(209) 532-1317
Tuolumne County Museum & History Center
(209) 985-1799
Yosemite Family Adventures
Where Yosemite Adventure Begins! These one of a kind tours give guests the opportunity to experience multiple adventures in one day on morning, afternoon or evening tours in summer and winter months. YFA's professional guides will craft an engaging, exciting and unforgettable trip for you.
(209) 683-7273
Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad