Go for the Gold | Explore California Gold Country

Take twisty country roads through the rumpled foothills of this historic region to find the latest boom-boutique wineries.

Coloma

Raft down the S. Fork American on a wet-and-wild guided rafting trip. Hang out post-paddle at the Coloma Club, a historic hotel-turned-saloon. Or relax with classy flare at Cafe Mahjaic.

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Placerville

Walk colorful Main Street, watched over by the 1865 Bell Tower, once a citywide fire alarm. Enjoy Third Saturday Art Walks and tasting at nearby Boeger Winery.

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Shenandoah Valley

Visit family-run vineyards like Bray Vineyards and Tuscan-elegant C.G di Arie Vineyard & Winery

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Plymouth

Pull over in this tiny town to relax at acclaimed wine bar/resatraunt Taste. Head to Amador Flower Farm to see and by thousands of types of daylilies.flower farm

Fiddletown

Tour Le Mulet Rouge, Il Gioiello, and other boutique wineries near this historic hamlet. Visit Gold Rush-era Chew Kee Store, a remnant of the region’s once-thriving Chinese community. Fiddletown

Volcano

Follow snaking Fiddletown Road to tin Volcano (only 100 residents) to the Union Inn, a historic pub and B&B. Catch a home grown performance at the retro-fun Volcano Theater

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Angles Camp

Get scoops of homemade ice cream and pursue crafts at Angles Camp World Mercantile. Outside, enjoy sidewalk plaques noting past winners of the annual Calaveras Jumping Frog Jubilee

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Murphys

Duck into cool wine tasting rooms and browse charming boutiques along main Street. Try Grounds for local ingredients and seafood.

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Columbia

Ride a real stagecoach with the kids at Columbia State Historic Park, then get treats at Brown’s Coffee House and Sweets Saloon.

columbiaSource: Visitcalifornia.com

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