Gold Country is a scenic part of San Francisco, California along Highway 49 that provides a very scenic drive and various visitor attractions. This region of the state is famed for the gold mines that attracted huge numbers of immigrants to the area during the 1849 California Gold Rush. The highway runs through the Gold Country and stretches from Mariposa County in the south to Sierra County in the north.
Some of the museums in Gold Country such as the ones in Auburn, Nevada City and Angel's Camp provide a detailed insight into the gold rush period and the history of the state. In the state capital Sacramento visitors can see collections of Native American, railroad and aviation artifacts. The Gold Bug Mine in Placerville is another good place to visit to learn more about the history of the gold rush.
There are many things for visitors to stop and do in this region including panning for gold in the rivers here. The rivers are also very popular for fishing, kayaking and rafting as well as other activities. The region is also home to over 20 award winning wineries with some of the oldest grape vines in California found here.