Sacramento and the Gold Country

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Sacramento and the Gold Country - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Angels Camp Museum

    Historic District/Site

    Learn a little bit about Mark Twain's "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"—and Angels Camp's celebrated frog-jumping contests—at...Read More

  • 2. Calaveras Big Tree State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    The park protects hundreds of the largest and rarest living things on the planet—magnificent giant sequoia redwood trees. Some are 3,000 years...Read More

  • 3. California State Railroad Museum

    Old Sacramento | Museum/Gallery

    Sprawling over three floors and taking up the equivalent of 2½ acres of space, this museum celebrates the history of trains from their 19th...Read More

  • 4. Capitol

    Downtown | Government Building

    Built in 1869 and topped by a 128-foot gilded dome, the Capitol functions as both a working museum and the active seat of California's government...Read More

  • 5. Columbia State Historic Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Columbia is both a functioning community and a historically preserved gold-rush town. Usually you can ride a stagecoach, pan for gold, and watch...Read More

  • 6. Crocker Art Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    Established in 1885 with a collection assembled by California Supreme Court judge E.B. Crocker (brother of Charles Crocker, of railroad-baron...Read More

  • 7. Empire Mine State Historic Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Starting with the "secret map" that mine management hid from miners, you can relive the days of gold, grit, and glory, when this mine was one...Read More

  • 8. Holly's Hill Vineyards


    The founders of this woodsy hilltop winery 7 miles south of Apple Hill tasted Châteauneuf-du-Pape on their honeymoon, sparking a lifetime passion...Read More

  • 9. Lava Cap Winery


    Nineteenth-century miners knew if they found the type of volcanic rocks visible everywhere on this winery's property that gold was nearby. These...Read More

  • 10. Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park

    Downtown | House/Mansion/Villa

    In 1856 this structure's original owner built a modest two-story row house purchased a few years later by Leland Stanford, a railroad baron...Read More

  • 11. Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Most of Coloma lies within the historic park along the banks of the south fork of the American River. Though crowded with tourists in summer...Read More

  • 12. Moaning Cavern


    For a different sort of underground jewel, wander into an ancient limestone cave, where stalactites and stalagmites, not gold and silver, await...Read More

  • 13. Railtown 1897 State Historic Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    A must for rail enthusiasts and families with kids, this is one of the most intact early roundhouses (maintenance facilities) in North America...Read More

  • 14. Reiff's Gas Station Museum


    Mark Reiff, an inveterate collector of gas-station pumps and signs, converted his home in a residential neighborhood into a joyful homage to...Read More

  • 15. Apple Hill


    From July to late December, Apple Hill Growers Association members open their orchards and vineyards for apple and berry picking, picnicking...Read More

  • 16. Artery


    The work of Northern California craftspeople is displayed at the Artery, an artists' cooperative that includes decorative and functional ceramics...Read More

  • 17. Bernhard Museum Complex


    Party like it's 1889 at this space whose main structure opened in 1851 as the Traveler's Rest Hotel and for 100 years was the residence of the...Read More

  • 18. Black Chasm Cavern National Natural Landmark


    Guided 50-minute tours take you past stalactites, stalagmites, and rare formations of delicate helictites in three underground chambers, one...Read More

  • 19. Boeger Winery


    Founder Greg Boeger's ancestors established a Napa Valley winery in the late 19th century. In 1972, he revived a gold rush–era farm that once...Read More

  • 20. California Agriculture Museum


    This gigantic space provides a marvelous overview of the entire history of motorized agricultural vehicles through dozens and dozens of threshers...Read More

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