California Bucket List ~Gold Country Region

Another short and sweet list in the California Bucket list series.


  • Underground Gold Miners Museum: Learn more about the history of the area.


  • Marshall Gold Discovery State Park: Try panning for gold in the river and learn what life was like in an 1850’s tent town.


  • Lake Natoma: Created by a dam across the American River, this lake is popular with all water lovers.

Grass Valley

  • Empire Mine State Historic Park: One of the oldest, deepest, and richest gold mines of California.

Nevada City

  • Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park: Sits of California’s largest “hydraulic” mine.


  • California State Railroad Museum: Offers weekend excursion train rides.
  • Old Sacramento State Historic Park: View early Gold Rush structures.

All attractions found in the 2019 California Travel Guide.


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