Travel Guide to California - - GOLD COUNTRY -

» All Aboard

Rail buffs will want to lay tracks for the Cal­i­for­nia State Rail­road Mu­seum, one of the best of its kind in the na­tion. It’s lo­cated in Old Sacra­mento, which pre­serves a district of the state cap­i­tal pretty much as it looked in Gold Rush days. › csrmf.org

» Eureka!

Pan for nuggets at Mar­shall Gold Discovery State His­toric Park, where Cal­i­for­nia’s gold rush be­gan.

› www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=484

» Bot­toms Up

Sam­ple rich, jammy Zin­fan­dels and other wines with­out the crowds at dozens of winer­ies in Cal­i­for­nia’s up-and-com­ing wine re­gion—amador, El Do­rado and Calav­eras coun­ties. › dis­cov­er­cal­i­for­ni­aw­ines.com/ dis­cover-cal­i­for­nia/sierra-foothills

» There’s an Ap­ple for That

Al­low the aroma of freshly baked ap­ple pies, frit­ters, turnovers and strudel to lure you off High­way 50 east of Plac­erville to a place called Ap­ple Hill. More than 50 grow­ers par­tic­i­pate in a cel­e­bra­tion of the ap­ple har­vest—and of autumn it­self—with cider, hayrides, pump­kin patches, hay mazes and other fam­ily fun. It runs from La­bor Day to Christ­mas.

› ap­ple­hill.com

» Star Tracks Ride

Hol­ly­wood’s fa­vorite steam train at Rail­town 1897 State His­toric Park, near Jamestown. It’s ap­peared in ev­ery­thing from “High Noon” to “Pet­ti­coat Junc­tion.”

› rail­town1897.org/in­dex.php/train-rides

TOWER BRIDGE across the Sacra­mento River in Sacra­mento, op­po­site; shop­pers in the farm­ers mar­ket, Ne­vada City, left; danc­ing at the Sacra­mento Music Fes­ti­val, be­low; the spot of the in­fa­mous Hang­man’s Tree in Plac­erville, bot­tom right.

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