Gold Country Regions

Gold Country Regions
Each region of California's Gold Country is filled with priceless treasures. Click on a region below, or on the region in the map to the left to visit a region.
The most rugged of the Gold Country counties, this northern Playground of the Sierra is a nature wonderland year-round. From the western deep river canyons and Sierra Buttes, through the Lakes Basin with incredible fishing, hiking and winter sporting, to the Sierra Valley where generations of ranchers raise cattle, much is still the way it was during the gold rush.

Nevada County offers some of California's best Gold Rush History, abundant outdoor recreation and a wide variety of choices of dining, nightlife and lodging. The area is noted for being one of nature's brightest western fall-color canvases, particularly between mid October and Thanksgiving.

From beautiful Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevadas, to the historic mining communities of the foothills, to the farms and ranches of the Valley floor, Placer County has it all: Arts & Culture, History, Agriculture, & Recreational Activities to suit every season.

Visitors traveling highway 50 will be charmed by the scenic variety this land has to offer from El Dorado Hills, a bustling business center surrounded by new housing developments, to South Lake Tahoe with its pristine crystal blue waters. The people are friendly and the weather is mild so plan a visit and see for yourself.

Travelers today find Sacramento to be the ideal jumping off point in discovering gold! The Sacramento area has embraced the future and is a popular destination for those in search of modern-day gold (e.g. fun times, family-friendly events, great recreation, etc.).

A host of activities await you in Amador County. The rolling foothills are dotted with quaint communities offering shopping, antiquing, and cultural events… answering the call of those looking for a slower-paced experience.

Calaveras County is fun! With its diverse terrain and year-round recreational opportunities seeking refuge in wide-open spaces, embarking on a wild adventure or anything in between is possible at any given moment. What are you waiting for? Just Go!

Once home to the Mi-Wuk Indians, Sonora, the Tuolumne County seat, still evidences vestiges of the gamblers, outlaws, miners and painted ladies who made the town their home in her frontier hey day.

As the largest of California's original 27 counties, Mariposa County is known as the "Mother of Counties." Today visitors can experience a sense of what life was like during the gold rush by visiting our museums and history centers.

Gold Country’s famed Highway 49, known as the Golden Chain, starts in the Madera County community of Oakhurst. Named for the famous “49ers” who came to California during the gold rush, this is one of several scenic routes within the region.
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