California’s dog-friendly Gold Country spans the western slope of the Sierra Nevada, covering diverse landscapes ranging from just above sea level to the mountains’ crest. View our interactive map to get the lay of the land, and consider these quick suggestions for spring travel.
Amador County: Find a sense of adventure exploring the many “blue highways” and historic, dog-friendly towns—Plymouth, Ione, Sutter Creek, Jackson,Volcano, Amador City—dotting this rugged and largely rural county. Along the way, you can “sin with zin” at more than a dozen dog-friendly wineries.
Folsom: There is a lot to enjoy in Folsom’s revitalized historic district, but the real attraction is water: Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, Lake Natoma and the American River Parkway are all right here.
Tuolumne County: Grab the kids and the dog and spend a weekend exploring Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown and nearby Columbia State Historic Park. Living history is the lure—and yes, Spot can join you on a train ride.