The name “Gold Country” conjures up images of the Old West, with cowboys and Indians,
stagecoaches and steam engines, 49ers and rowdy saloons.

The discovery of gold here in 1848 touched off the largest gold rush in history. Reminders of those glory days can be found everywhere along Historic Highway 49, the Golden Chain Highway, which runs 324 miles Along the Heritage Corridor and links many of the 19th Century Mother Lode towns.

Today, visitors to the Gold Country have A lot more to see than just the numerous rustic mining towns and picturesque State Historic Parks. The Gold Country is now the home to award-winning wineries, fine restaurants, upscale boutiques, antique shops and art galleries. Throughout the area, there are endless possibilities for outdoor recreation. These days, there’s a lot more than just gold in “them thar hills!”

Whether you are stealing a few hours, or spending a leisurely weekend, the California Gold Country has treasures both old and new to keep you intrigued and entertained. In each and every gold-rush town, specialty shops, fine art galleries, unique restaurants and local theatre line the historic covered sidewalks; in the high country, scenic rivers and majestic mountains offer skiing, cycling and white-water adventures year-round. Follow your heart – in the California Gold Country.

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