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Gold Country Visitor's Guide to Placer

In 1849, word of Placer gold spread like wildfire, bringing hopeful young men and women to the Gold Country in search of fortune.

Today, visitors strike it rich in the Gold Country, which is situated virtually in the center of an amazing range of outdoor recreational opportunities. Retrace history as you hike the old wagon trails in the Tahoe National Forest or the Auburn State Recreation Area.  . Get off the beaten path and try your hand at gold panning, nature photography, or the thrill of river rafting. Drive along portions of the old Lincoln Highway, stopping to enjoy antique shopping, historic museums and gold mining towns. No matter the season, your sightseeing trip through the Gold Country will reward you with breathtaking vistas and color. We invite you to experience the richness of the Gold Country.

No matter the season, your sightseeing trip through the Gold Country will reward you with breathtaking vistas and color.

Many of the streets and structures in the Gold Country towns look similar to when they were built 150 years ago. Interstate 80 traverses the entire county, while Highway 49 bisects the Gold Country in Auburn, making recreational, agricultural, and historic attractions easily accessible to visitors.

A stroll through the historic town of Auburn, the Placer County seat, reveals life as it was and as it is today in contemporary foothill communities. Main Street of Colfax remains much as it was in the late 1800s.