Gold Country History Tour


Gold Country is the heart of California. It's where the discovery of gold ignited a mass migration west. From Rancho Cordova, create your own California Gold Rush tour. Explore the treasures of Gold Country just off of historic Highway 49.  So, next time you visit Rancho Cordova for business, pleasure or with the family, check out this California Gold Rush Tour itinerary for an adventure that you won't regret! Some of our favorite pieces of Gold Country history are just outside of Rancho Cordova. We recommend starting with Historic Folsom, as it's minutes down the freeway.

Historic Folsom

First, stop at the Folsom Historic District and learn about the California gold discovery at the Folsom History Museum, and receive the first-hand experience with blacksmiths and gold panning at Pioneer Village. After, make sure you explore the many taverns, wine bars and restaurants to make your tour of historic Folsom complete.

Marshall Gold Discovery Park

Experience the history of the California Gold Rush in Coloma with a visit to the Marshall Gold Discovery Park.  This is where James W. Marshall first discovered gold and marked one of the most significant historical landmarks in the United States. Explore the landmark's gold discovery tours, youth programs, living history days, hiking and picnic areas with the whole family.

Placerville's Hangtown's Gold Bug Park and Mine

Create memories at the Hangtown's Gold Bug Park and Mine in historic Placerville. Explore deep inside the mountain to discover hidden treasures of the California Gold Rush. Spend the whole day at the park and visit the blacksmith's shop, stamp mill, museum, gift shop and more!

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