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Gold Country

In 1848, gold was discovered on the American River, and everything changed. People rushed to California and mining towns sprang up overnight. The gold mines are long gone but Highway 49 is dotted with old West towns.

To find out where to see the biggest, brightest gold nuggets, read our blog post: "California Gold Rush Museums"

Northern Gold Country

Old Sacramento
Nevada City
Grass Valley
Marshall Gold Discovery
Apple Hill
Southern Gold Country

Murphys & Vallecito
Angels Camp
Columbia Historic Park
Fun food
Strike it rich at candy stores and ice cream parlots as you travel Highway 49. This is our list of favorites: California Gold Country: Sweet Delights
Family Hotels

Here's our own Travel for Kids hand-picked list of family hotels, all styles and price ranges, convenient to fun things to do with kids in the Gold Country:

Gold Country family hotels
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