Gold Country

Find Gold Country activities, entertainment, towns, wineries, things to do and points of interest. Popular Gold Country activities include caving, golfing, gold panning, wine tasting, hiking, fishing, camping and more. Also referred to as the "Sierra Foothills", California Gold Country was established when a carpenter discovered gold in the American River at Sutter's Mill in 1848. By 1849, the Gold Rush was in full swing with bustling mining camps springing up all over the region. When the gold ran out, these camps were nearly deserted and remain today as the towns of Nevada City, Auburn, Placerville, Jackson, Angels Camp, Jamestown and many more. Most Gold Country towns feature the original buildings and cater to tourism. Located in the Sierra Nevada foothills, the scenery along Highway 49 alone is worth the trip. Many natural and historic sites blanket the region along the way. And don't think the gold is gone - Gold panning can still produce gold dust and an occasional gold nugget from the local creeks and streams.

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State Parks

Sutter's Fort

Sutter's Fort State Historic Park was Sacramento's first non-indian settlement and was the main destination for settlers crossing the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In 1847, the first few men from the Donner Party reached the fort and aid was sent to save the remaining settlers. In 1848, John Sutter hired James Marshall to build him a sawmill along the American River. Gold was discovered and the 1849 Gold Rush was unstoppable. MORE DETAILS

Governor's Mansion

Governor's Mansion State Historic Park was constructed in 1877. The Governor's Mansion has been the home to California Governors since 1903. Earl Warren and Ronald Reagan were among the last to stay at the mansion. UPDATE: The Governor's Mansion is once again the home of California's current Governor. MORE DETAILS

Stanford Mansion

Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park is an historic 1800's Victorian home that today serves as a museum and California's official reception center, where the Governor and Legislature meet with dignitaries from other states and countries. Guided tours are mandatory and include an orientation film about the mansion's history. MORE DETAILS

Donner Memorial State Park marks the site of the ill-fated Donner Party that endured a horrific trek from the midwest to California in 1846. Donner Lake offers fishing, water-skiing and boating. MORE DETAILS

Calaveras Big Trees

Calaveras Big Trees State Park is a Giant Sequioia forest with a self-guided trail and campgrounds. Activities include hiking and camping. Some campgrounds are located adjacent to the Giant Sequoia forest but other, more secluded camps, are farther into the park. MORE DETAILS

Folsom Lake State Recreation Area is a large lake and shoreline with activities like hiking, biking, running, camping, picnicking, horseback riding, water-skiing, fishing and boating. MORE DETAILS

Old Sacramento State Historic Park is comprised of several square blocks of preserved and rebuilt Gold Rush era buildings. These buildings now house museums, touristy shops and restaurants. The California State Railroad Museum is also within the park. MORE DETAILS

Railtown 1897

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park is an operational railroad museum and train depot. Featured attraction is a short, historic, steam locomotive ride through Gold Country and back. MORE DETAILS

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park marks the spot where the 1849 Gold Rush all began. This is the site of Sutter's sawmill where in 1848, James Marshall found a gold nugget in the American River. MORE DETAILS

Columbia State Historic Park

Columbia State Historic Park is a well preserved gold mining town with historic buildings, workers dressed in era clothing, live entertainment and stagecoach rides. MORE DETAILS

Empire Mine State Historic Park was one of the oldest, largest, deepest, longest and richest gold mines in California. The grounds include the owner's home and gardens, original mine buildings, mining equipment and a museum. MORE DETAILS

Indian Grinding Rock State Park is nestled in a little valley of oak trees and meadows. Evidence of Indian inhabitants is clearly marked in the boulders throughout the park where mortar holes were formed from them grinding acorns into flour. The Chaw-Se Indian Museum displays Miwok artifacts and dipictions of daily life long before the Gold Rush. MORE DETAILS

Amusement Parks

Waterworld Water Park is located in Sacramento. Includes water slides like Shark Attack and Honolulu Halfpipe. MORE DETAILS

Fairytale Town brings our favorite fairtales to life in a learning environment. Children can meet Peter Rabbit, join Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest, slide down Jack's Beanstalk, ride in Cinderella's carriage and much more. MORE DETAILS

Funderland is an old-fashioned amusement park that's perfect for ages 2 to 12. Amusement rides include a rollercoaster, steam train, log ride and many other themed adventures. MORE DETAILS

Scandia is small-scale Scandinavian-themed amusement park featuring an arcade, 2 mini-golf courses, batting cages, go karts, bumber boats and amusement rides. MORE DETAILS

Golfland Sunsplash is small-scale amusement park featuring an arcade, mini-golf, slick-track go carts, laser tag and a waterpark. Two miniature golf courses feature an Adventure and Lost Continent theme. MORE DETAILS

Zoos & Aquariums

Sacramento Zoo is a moderate-sized city zoo with nearly 500 exotic animals on display. MORE DETAILS

Folsom Zoo is a small city zoo with mostly local species on display. MORE DETAILS


Things To Do

Hornblower Cruises

Hornblower Cruises offers dinner cruises down the Sacramento River aboard a luxury yacht. Tour the Sacramento River in style while sipping champagne, dining on sumptuous food and dancing to hit songs. River cruises depart from Old Sacramento. MORE DETAILS

Board an historic train for an overnight dinner tour, day trip into Yosemite, or short scenic trips through the heart of Gold Country. MORE DETAILS

Boeger Wine tasting garden

Wine Tasting is offered by several wineries throughout the Sierra Foothills from Grass Valley to Mariposa. Many of the region's top wineries surround the towns of Murphys and Placerville. Ironstone, Stevenot, Twisted Oak, Boeger and Madroña are just a few of the well-known Gold Country wineries. MORE DETAILS

Houseboat rentals are available on New Melones and Don Pedro Lakes. What better way to enjoy the Sierra Nevada foothills than to stay on a lake. Choose your own secluded cove for overnight mooring and cook up the day's catch. Houseboats feature modern amenities like full kitchens and full baths. MORE DETAILS

Gold Country Lakes offer activities like houseboating, water-skiing, boating, fishing, camping and more. Some of Gold Country's largest lakes include Folsom Lake, Don Pedro Lake, Lake McClure and New Melones Lake. MORE DETAILS

Bear Valley Mountain Resort

Ski resorts are located above Gold Country in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Gold Country ski resorts range from the large and challenging Kirkwood to the smaller but still impressive Bear Valley, Dodge Ridge, Badger Pass, and Shirley Meadows. MORE DETAILS

Gold Panners Outfitter Store

Gold panning in Gold Country is no joke. Gold panning the local creeks, streams and rivers still produces gold dust and gold nuggets on a daily basis. Stop by the Gold Panners Outfitter store in Jamestown for tips and equipment for gold panning. MORE DETAILS

Whitewater rafting outfitters run tours on several large rivers throughout Gold Country. The American River is the most popular whitewater rafting river in the state and offers three forks with the South Fork flowing through the most significant historic park in Gold Country. MORE DETAILS

Camping is available throughout Gold Country and the Sierra Foothills. Relax and get closer to nature with your own tent and sleeping bag. Cook your catch over an open fire after a day of boating and fishing on one of many lakes. MORE DETAILS

Horseback riding is offered at multiple stables and ranches throughout Gold Country. Ride horseback to secluded lakes, hilltop vistas, mountain meadows, and more. MORE DETAILS

Saddle Creek Golf Course

Golf courses can be found all throughout Gold Country. Beautiful and challenging golf courses range from the apple-growing region of Camino to the Giant Sequoia forest in Arnold, on down to the western slopes outside Yosemite National Park. MORE DETAILS

There's no better way to gain insight on a place than to join a tour led by a local guide. Gold Country tours include mine tours, cavern tours, food tours, wine tours, dinner trains and more. MORE DETAILS


Grass Valley is the sister city to Nevada City and very similar with an historic downtown and many Bed & Breakfast Inns. This former gold mining town remains alive with tourism and features an historic downtown with many shops and restaurants. The main attraction is the Empire Mine State Historic Park. MORE DETAILS

Bridgeport Covered Bridge is located off Highway 20 approximately 10 miles north of Penn Valley. Situated within South Yuba River State Park, this is a beautiful section of the Yuba River with steep granite walls, deep swimming holes, hiking trials and picnic areas. The Bridgeport Bridge is the longest single-span covered bridge in the world that spans 210 feet over the Yuba River. MORE DETAILS

Nevada City

Nevada City is the sister city to Grass Valley and very similar with an historic downtown and many Bed & Breakfast Inns. This former gold mining town remains alive with tourism and features an historic downtown with many shops and restaurants. MORE DETAILS

Auburn is one of the largest Gold Towns and features an historic main street & courthouse, which is now the county museum. The main attractions are Marshall's Gold Discovery State Historic Park and the Auburn State Recreation Area along the American River. MORE DETAILS

Kennedy Mine was established during the Gold Rush and was famous for being the deepest gold mine in Gold Country. The Kennedy Mine is open on weekends for surface tours of the mine office, stamp mill, tailing wheels, a steam boiler and head frame. MORE DETAILS

Downtown Placerville

Placerville was known as 'Hangtown' in the Gold Rush days and today attracts many tourists to its historic downtown. Several award-winning wineries surround Placerville. Marshall's Gold Discovery State Historic Park is just a short drive from town. The Gold Bug Mine offers tours of an actual gold mine. MORE DETAILS

Jackson is a former mining town that has many nearby attractions including Indian Grinding Rock State Park, Kirkwood Ski Resort, Black Chasm caverns, Lake Camanche and much more. MORE DETAILS

Downtown Murphys

Murphys is an old mining camp that has a lot of charm and sophistication. Almost all of the local wineries have tasting rooms along Main Street in Murphys. Many shops, restaurants and hotels line Main Street. MORE DETAILS

Frog Jump Walk of Fame

Angels Camp is a small historic town well known for hosting the yearly Calaveras Frog Jump. Mark Twain had a home here and was inspired to write, The Jumping Frogs of Calaveras CountyMORE DETAILS

Sonora is a beautiful historic town offering many shops, cafés, hotels and restaurants. MORE DETAILS

Jamestown is the best town for gold panning in Gold Country. This small, historic town consists of a short Main Street with several shops and historic hotels. Stop by the Gold Panners Outfitter store for tips and equipment for gold panning. Railtown 1897 is located within walking distance of Main Street. MORE DETAILS

Angels Camp Museum

Gold Country museums range from the California State Capitol in Sacramento to Marshall Gold Discovery Museum in Coloma where gold was first discovered in California. See vintage trains, gold mines, Indian artifacts and record-setting gold nuggets. MORE DETAILS

Multiple caves & caverns can be found throughout Gold Country. Unique stalactites and stalagmites are on display. This is a must if you've never done it before. Most caverns are easily accessible by staircase with some that offer reppelling. MORE DETAILS

California State Capitol Rotunda

The California State Capitol is located in the heart of Sacramento. Tours of the Capitol are led daily on the hour except for major holidays. California State Capitol grounds include 40 acres of park with gardens and memorials to important California figures and veterans of war. MORE DETAILS

California State Railroad Museum

The California State Railroad Museum showcases historic trains and railroad industry artifacts in Old Sac. Train rides are available nearby that follow the beautiful Sacramento River. MORE DETAILS


Memorial Auditorium

Memorial Auditorium is a beautiful 1926 building that's listed on the National Historic Register. Over the years, the Memorial Auditorium has hosted top performers like the Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, The Doobie Brothers, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Duran Duran and Soundgarden. MORE DETAILS

Delta King Riverboat

Delta King Hotel is an historic 1927 paddlewheel riverboat situated on the Sacramento River in Old Sacramento State Historic Park. Enjoy live entertainment in their bar or head down to one of two theatres showing a play or hosting dinner mystery shows where the audience must solve the case. Consider staying the night on the boat or enjoy a great meal in their riverfront restaurant. MORE DETAILS

Try your luck at one of many Indian Casinos in the region. Indian Casinos offer slots, bingo and table games like Blackjack, Poker, Baccarat, Pai Gow, Spanish 21 and more. Thunder Valley Casino and others also offer a resort hotel, restaurants, live entertainment and more. MORE DETAILS

Nevada Theatre

Nevada Theatre is an historic theatre located in Nevada City that hosts live performances, movies, and special events. Among the many notables to take the stage at the Nevada Theatre were Mark Twain and Emma Nevada. MORE DETAILS

The Sacramento Kings play professional basketball at the Sleeptrain Arena north of Sacramento. MORE DETAILS

The Dinner Detective

Help to solve a murder case with a touch of comedy while you enjoy a fantastic four-course dinner. Everyone is a suspect, even you, and the killer may be sitting at your table. Win a prize package for being The Top Sleuth of the evening. MORE DETAILS

Volcano Amphitheatre

Volcano Theatre Company performs at two historic theatres in the quaint Gold Country town of Volcano. MORE DETAILS

Ironstone Vineyards Amphitheatre hosts top musical performers at one of the most beautiful concert settings in all of California. The grounds at Ironstone Vineyards are a beautiful place to visit and should not be missed. Their museum features a 44-pound gold nugget that was found locally. MORE DETAILS

Music in the Mountains is an on-going event with nearly 40 performances per year. Classical music including pop, jazz, big band, and Broadway are performed at several locations throughout the Grass Valley and Nevada City region. MORE DETAILS


Arden Fair Mall is a traditional mall featuring over 165 stores, restaurants and specialty shops including Abercrombie & Fitch, bebe, Eddie Bauer, Forever 21, Nordstrom, Wilsons Leather and more. MORE DETAILS

Folsom Outlets are a collection of nearly 150 outlet stores like Calvin Klein, Guess, Liz Claiborne, Waterford Wedgwood, Nautica and more. MORE DETAILS



Hyatt Regency Sacramento

Hyatt Regency is located off Interstate 5 & Highway 99 on L Street in Sacramento. This hotel offers the best proximity and views of the California State Capitol. MORE DETAILS

Delta King Hotel

The Delta King Hotel is an historic 1927 paddlewheel riverboat situated on the Sacramento River in Old Sacramento State Historic Park. Delta King Hotel is a sister ship of the Delta Queen that operates on the Mississippi River. MORE DETAILS

Holbrooke Hotel

Holbrooke Hotel is located off Highways 49 & 20 in downtown Grass Valley. This historic Victorian hotel was once noted for its convenient location to the Gold Exchange. U.S. Presidents Ulysses S. Grant, Grover Cleveland and Benjamin Harrison have all stayed at the hotel along with many other Gold Country characters like Mark Twain, Jim Corbett, Lotta Crabtree and more. MORE DETAILS

Power's Mansion Inn is located off Highway 49 and Interstate 80 in Auburn. This historic Victorian home was originally built in 1884 by Harold T. Power using fortunes gained from his family's gold mine. Today Power's operates as a romantic Bed & Breakfast Inn. MORE DETAILS

Albert Shafsky House is an historic B&B is located off Highway 50 at Coloma Street in Placerville's Historical District. Guests are greeted with a glass of Sierra Foothill wine upon arrival and a complimentary homemade breakfast is available each morning. MORE DETAILS

Carey House Hotel is located off Highway 50 in downtown Placerville. Step back in time to an era of gold panning and gun slinging. The Carey House is exactly what a hotel would've been like in the 1850s. Rich hardwoods and antique furnishings adorn the 3-story hotel. They offer 38 guest rooms including suites with kitchenettes. MORE DETAILS

St. George Hotel

St. George Hotel is located on Pine Grove-Volcano Road off Highway 88 near Jackson. This historic hotel was built during the height of the 1849 Gold Rush and is one of the first 3-story buildings in the state. Victorian charm, architect and furnishings from the era offer a true Gold Country experience. The hotel restaurant has been voted 'Best in Amador County' multiple years. MORE DETAILS

Victoria Inn is located off Highway 4 on Main Street in Murphys. This European-style Inn features Victorian furnishings and a small restaurant. Its location on Main Street is coveniently located to the many shops, restaurants and wine tasting parlors in Murphys. MORE DETAILS

Murphys Hotel

Murphys Historic Hotel is located off Highway 4 just a short distance northeast of Angels Camp and Highway 49. They offer 9 guest rooms in their landmark two-story hotel. The hotel and guestrooms are decorated in period antiques and were once visited by notable figures like Mark Twain, Black Bart and Ulysses S. Grant. MORE DETAILS

City & Fallon Hotels are located in Columbia State Historic Park just north of Sonora, off Highway 49. Imagine a bustling 1849 Gold Rush town with candlemakers, saloons, candy shops, stage coach rides, gold panning and more that empties out by night to only those staying at the historic hotels. State Park employees dress in period clothing and run the town by day for visitors. By night you can walk the quiet streets of this once thriving gold town, watch a play at the Fallon Theatre or take a ghost tour of the town. MORE DETAILS

Jamestown Hotel

Jamestown Hotel is located off Highways 49 & 108 on Main Street. This Bed & Breakfast Hotel was originally built in 1858 and features furnishings from the era, an authentic Western saloon and restaurant. MORE DETAILS

National Hotel is located off Highways 49 & 108 on Main Street Jamestown. This Bed & Breakfast Hotel was originally built in 1859 and features furnishings from the era, an authentic Western saloon and award-winning restaurant. MORE DETAILS

There are a few hostels situated throughout Gold Country including Sacramento. These are low cost alternatives to hotels and often require dorm-style living. MORE DETAILS


Fat City Bar & Café is located in Old Sacramento State Historic Park at J and Front Streets. Situated in an old storefront from 1849, they feature a welcoming ambiance of wood plank floors, open beam ceilings and rustic brick walls. an historic bar and Tiffany stained glass represent the craftsmanship of a by-gone-era. MORE DETAILS

The Delta King Hotel is located in Old Sacramento on Front Street. Situated in an historic 1927 paddlewheel boat on the Sacramento River, the Delta King Hotel offers a hotel, restaurant, bar & grill and two theaters. Enjoy panoramic river views while drinking and dining aboard Old Sac's only hotel. Live entertainment on weekends. MORE DETAILS

Firehouse Restaurant

The Firehouse Restaurant is located in Old Sacramento on 2nd Street. Situated in an old firehouse from 1853, this award-winning restaurant offers a fine-dining experience with white linens, rich mohagany, hanging chandeliers and inviting fireplaces. The restaurant also features a fully-stocked wine cellar and private rear courtyard. MORE DETAILS

Bistro 221 is situated in an historic building on Broad Street in downtown Nevada City. Bistro 221 serves American comfort food with hints of Italian, French and Mexican favorites. MORE DETAILS

Holbrooke Hotel

Holbrooke Hotel Restaurant is situated in the historic Holbrooke Hotel near Main and Mill Streets in Grass Valley. The hotel is a National Historic Landmark. Choose to have a casual meal in their historic bar or fine-dining in their white-linen restaurant. MORE DETAILS

Cousin Jack Pasties

Cousin Jack Pasties is located near the intersection of Main and Mill Streets in downtown Grass Valley. They specialize in pasties (similar to pot-pies) that Cornish miners used to take down into the mines as sort of a packaged lunch. You can't miss trying this historic Gold Country staple. MORE DETAILS

Awful Annie's restaurant is located near the intersection of Washington and Sacramento Streets in downtown Auburn. Contrary to the name, this is a popular restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner. MORE DETAILS

Z-Pie is located at the intersection of Center and Main Streets in downtown Placerville. They specialize in gourmet pot pies for dining in or take-out. MORE DETAILS

Sequoia restaurant is located near the intersection of Bee and Coloma Streets just north of downtown Placerville. Situated in a beautifully restored Victorian mansion, it's no wonder they've been voted El Dorado County's most romantic restaurant. They are one of the few fine-dining Gold Country restaurants. MORE DETAILS

Mineral is located in downtown Murphys off Highway 4, northeast of Angels Camp and Highway 49. This fine-dining restaurant specializes in vegetarian food. Emphasis is placed on using organic vegetables mostly from the restaurant's own garden. MORE DETAILS

Murphys Historic Hotel Restaurant is located on the west end of Main Street in downtown Murphys. This hotel is an historic landmark and offers a restaurant and bar on the first story and hotel rooms upstairs. They feature country decor with touches of Victorian influence. MORE DETAILS

City Hotel Restaurant is situated within the City Hotel in the heart of Columbia State Historic Park. This fine-dining restaurant offers a seasonal menu of French food. MORE DETAILS

Banny's Café is located in downtown Sonora near the intersection of Linoberg and Stewart Streets. This Mediterranean restaurant serves Mediterranean food with a California twist. MORE DETAILS

Historic National Hotel

Historic National Hotel Restaurant is situated in the National Hotel in downtown Jamestown. They feature a Victorian dining room or an outdoor, vine-covered patio. MORE DETAILS



Fresno Airport provides convenient access to Yosemite and the southern regions of Gold Country including Angels Camp, Murphys, Sonora and Jamestown. MORE DETAILS

Sacramento Airport provides convenient access to the northern regions of Gold Country including Grass Valley, Nevada City, Auburn, Placerville and Jackson. MORE DETAILS

Traffic & Transportation

Highway 49 runs North and South linking all of Gold Country together. This two-lane road has plenty of climbs, curves and scenery. Passing lanes are available at key points. Can become congested in the Summer months, so be patient, drive with your lights on and only pass if you must.

Highway 41 is also known as the Fresno/Yosemite freeway and connects Fresno to the southern entrance of Yosemite National Park. It runs from Yosemite all the way to Morro Bay on the Central Coast. This is a major freeway running through the heart of Fresno, so expect traffic during weekday morning and evening rush hours. Carry chains and expect road closures during the winter when entering Yosemite.

Highway 140 runs east and west from Merced into Yosemite Valley. Carry chains and expect road closures during the winter when entering Yosemite.

Interstate 80 runs east and west from San Francisco to North Lake Tahoe and beyond. Expect traffic during weekday morning and evening rush hours from Sacramento to the Bay Area. Carry chains and expect road closures during the winter between Auburn and Lake Tahoe, although this is usually the last highway to close in the Tahoe region.

Highway 50 runs east and west from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe and beyond. Expect traffic during weekday morning and evening rush hours in Sacramento. On summer weekends, the popular Gold Country town of Placerville can become conjested and slow traffic on the highway. Carry chains and expect road closures during the winter between Placerville and Lake Tahoe.

Highway 4 runs east and west from Stockton to the very popular Gold Country towns of Angels Camp, Murphys, Sonora and Jamestown and over the Sierras to the Nevada border. Carry chains and expect road closures during the winter between Murphys and Bear Valley. Road closes in winter beyond Bear Valley. The road also narrows and becomes extremely windy and steep beyond Bear Valley - motorhomes over 25 feet are not advised.

Public Transportation is fair throughout Gold Country. We only give it a 'fair' rating because no single transportion service links the entire region together. Gold Country spans 7 counties and in order to explore the entire region, you must obtain schedules from at least 7 different transportation services.

  • Sacramento Regional Transit offers bus and light rail service throughout the Sacramento metropolitan region.
  • Nevada County Transit has the Gold Country Stage shuttle bus that links the Nevada City, Grass Valley and Auburn regions.
  • Placer County Transit offers bus service to the Roseville, Auburn, Alta regions.
  • El Dorado Transit offers bus, light rail and shuttle service to the Placerville, El Dorado and Rancho Cordova regions.
  • Amador Regional Transit System offers bus and shuttle service linking Sacramento to the Rancho Murieta, Jackson and Volcano regions.
  • Calaveras Transit offers bus and shuttle service to the Jackson, Angels Camp and Arnold regions.
  • Tuolumne and Mariposa counties have no websites. Bus service in these counties link Jamestown, Sonora and Yosemite.

See our resources page for links to Rental Car agencies, Amtrak Train and Greyhound Bus. Train service is unable to reach Gold Country without a bus transfer. Connector buses can be taken from Lodi, Merced, Fresno and Rocklin.


Weather from Nevada City to Mariposa including Downieville, Grass Valley, Auburn, Placerville, Jackson, Angels Camp, Murphys, Jamestown, Sonora and more.

Winter brings lows in the 40's and highs in the 60's. Mostly rain with occassional hail. Snow in the upper Sierra Nevadas sometimes falls below 4000' into some Gold Country towns.

Spring brings lows in the 70's and highs in the 80's. Rain decreasing to misty mornings and fog.

Summer brings lows in the 70's and highs in the 90's. Most of the summer offers clear skies with little precipitation.

Fall brings lows in the 50's and highs in the 70's. Rain increasing to thunderstorms. Fog beginning in the late evening and thickening by morning.

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Daffodil Hill is a private farm open to the public one month a year during the daffodil bloom. This is usually mid-March to mid-April. Expect to see 4 acres of hundreds of thousands of daffodils in bloom. WEBSITE

Murphys Irish Day - where everyone is Irish for a day. Festivities include a hometown parade, dancing, silent auction, Ireland trip raffles and more. Local wineries take part and restaurants serve traditional Irish fare. WEBSITE

Calaveras Jumping Frog Jubilee is held during the County Fair. Contestants from around the nation converge on the historic town of Angels Camp to see if their frog can out jump the others. They take it very seriously and even have a 'Walk of Fame' along the sidewalks in town for each year's winning frog. In 2005, Joe Kitchell of Angels Camp & Roy W.(the frog) were the first Calaveras County residents to win the frog jump in 50 years with a 19'4" jump. WEBSITE

Summer Nights in Nevada City are held on three consecutive Wednesday nights in Nevada City's historic district. Streets are closed to motorized traffic and filled with arts, crafts, classic cars, food, drink and music. Local musicians perform on outdoor stages throughout the downtown area. WEBSITE

Downieville Classic MTB Race is a four day event featuring mountain bike racing in cross-country, downhill and all-mountain classes. The whole town of Downieville celebrates with live music, barbecue, raffle, Splash Down event and more. WEBSITE

Celtic Festival and Marketplace is held at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. The fairgrounds are converted into a Celtic Village with arts and craft and food vendors. Entertainment includes Irish and Scottish musicians & story tellers, traditional Celtic games & competitions, falcon and other birds of prey exhibitions and more. WEBSITE

Check out the El Dorado County visitor bureau calendar for a listing of all events including wine tasting, theatre, bar-b-que events and more. Check out the El Dorado County Visitor website for more details. WEBSITE

Gold Discovery Day, Coloma Blues Live, American River Music Festival, Christmas in Coloma are just a few of the events held every year in Coloma. Most events are held at the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park where James Marshall first discovered gold at Sutter's Mill in 1848. WEBSITE

Amador County events are mostly hosted by local wineries. Check the local wine club website for details on events such as the Spring Bar-B-Que, Summer Solstice Wine Daze, The Big Crush Amador Vintners' Harvest Festival and more. WEBSITE

Check out the Calavera's County visitor bureau calendar for a listing of all events including wine tasting, theatre, bar-b-que events and more. WEBSITE

Hop aboard an historic steam train at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown. Many holidays are celebrated aboard the train including the Easter Bunny visit, Mothers and Fathers Days where moms or dads ride free, the Goosebump Express where the train is decorated for Halloween, the Santa Claus Express and New Year's Eve Train with live entertainment. WEBSITE

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