Adventure like a 49er on Historic Highway 49. It winds its way through the foothills of the Sierra marked by the influential towns of Tuolumne County that flourished during the Gold Rush. Perfect for little ones, history buffs, or those looking to strike it big and find gold.
Begin your journey on Highway 49 in Jamestown, where gold was first discovered in Tuolumne County. Try your luck at Gold Prospecting Adventures where you can explore their shop and museum or book one of their prospecting adventures. Wander the Wild West storefronts of Jamestown and swing by Railtown 1897 State Historic Park to learn about the Sierra Railway, you can even ride on their historic trains!
As you continue your drive and arrive in Historic Downtown Sonora the quintessential modern mining town will give you a glimpse of how life looked in the late 1800’s. Pop into the shops like Motherlode Grown for locally made products or Legends Book Antiques, make sure to ask about their underground bookshop! If you are in the mood for breakfast grab some from The Bagel Bin’s newly designed Gold Rush inspired downtown location. However, if you took your time in Jamestown stop for some lunch at Sonora Diamondback Grill, their burgers are a local favorite.
Onto the last stop on Highway 49, the preserved Columbia State Historic Park. Time freezes here, between the period dress and ol’ timey saloons you will be transported to the California Gold Rush. Ride on the Quartz Mountain Stagecoach and visit the museum to discover the secrets of Columbia. Pan for gold at Matelot Gulch Mining Company or pick up some prospecting supplies and information at 49er Mining Supply. Grab dinner at St. Charles Saloon, the destination for pizza in Columbia, to complete your trip on Historic Highway 49 through Tuolumne County.