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2017 Travel Guide to California - - GOLD COUNTRY -

NAV­I­GAT­ING A TOUR

through the Gold Coun­try couldn’t be easier: HIGH­WAY

49—named for the orig­i­nal 49ers—tra­verses the en­tire re­gion. It stretches nearly 300 miles through the

Sierra foothills, from DOWN­IEVILLE in the north

to OAKHURST in the south, link­ing all the Gold Coun­try’s ma­jor towns and sights. Al­low at least two

days for the jour­ney. Start with a moun­tain-bik­ing ex­cur­sion in DOWN­IEVILLE, poke around the gal­leries and an­tique shops of NE­VADA CITY and drop by the site where

Mar­shall and Sut­ter found those first sparkling nuggets in COLOMA. SUT­TER CREEK, with a bounty of invit­ing B&BS and restau­rants serv­ing

the lo­cal wine, is a good place to spend the night. On your sec­ond day, ex­plore AN­GELS Camp—per­haps paus­ing to wa­ger on a frog if it’s

jump­ing sea­son (the third week in May)—try your hand at pan­ning for gold at COLUMBIA STATE HIS­TORIC PARK and take a ride on the his­toric steam train in JAMESTOWN’S RAIL­TOWN 1897 STATE HIS­TORIC PARK.

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