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Jan. 24, 1848, was one of the most significant dates in American history. That’s when James Marshall turned up a gold nugget at Sutter’s Mill near Coloma, setting off a gold rush that transformed the landscape and speeded up the march toward statehood.
The gold rush continues today in the form of tourism in a region encompassing the five counties plus the city of Folsom that we see above. Click on a picture to explore these regions. Sacramento County, which served as the main supply center for the Gold Rush, also counts itself a part of Gold Country. From a DogTrekker’s point of view, there’s lots of “gold” still to be discovered.
Mariposa, Placer and Tuolomne counties are members of the Gold Country Visitor's Association, but do not have individual pages. Lodging, chow, hikes, splashes, attractions and local services for these counties can be found through the left navigation tabs on this page.
The government may be shut down, but Tuolumne County
is not! The weather is great and the lodging specials abound. Add to that, fall colors, friendly folks, great history, fun holiday shopping and harvest time events.
Oh yes, and did we mention fun for dogs? Columbia State Historic Park
and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park
, a stone’s throw from each other in the neighboring towns of Columbia and Jamestown, should be at the top of the list for families—and that includes Fido, of course. more »
El Dorado County
Dog at Kids Inc. - Photo Scot Schrantz
covers a lot of territory on either side of the Highway 50 corridor leading up to Lake Tahoe
, and one of the most popular regions to visit at this time of year is Apple Hill
, a region on the north side of the highway between Placerville and Pollock Pines. more »
The Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau
welcomes visitors to experience the beauty of Yosemite National Park and Mariposa County. Most Park visitor areas were not affected by the Rim Fire, and we are thankful that both the Park and Mariposa County remained safe.
Yosemite/Mariposa County is incredibly grateful for the emergency responders who helped save the area. As the world watched, they worked tirelessly to protect a national treasure and the entire region. The Yosemite community is thankful for their dedication and bravery. more »
Hiking Carson Pass - Photo Dean in SF
From Sacramento and the Bay Area, Highway 50 is the main artery leading to and from South Lake Tahoe. On Friday and Sunday afternoons it can be busy, indeed, and not much fun to drive. What many travelers don’t realize, however, is how many great recreation spots are situated along the way. more »
Who says you can’t take your dog swimming at Lake Tahoe? True, there are only a few places in South Shore where you can, but we’re not growling. Kiva Beach
, at the mouth of Taylor Creek on the lake’s southwest shore, is the No. 1 destination for DogTrekkers. more »