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Sutter's Mill Coloma State Park, California - Gold Country Tours

Take the guesswork out of traveling through California's Mother Lode -- sign up for one of several tours. Your friendly guide will treat you to lots of insider knowledge, and you'll get perks you can't get anywhere else. As you'll see, many tours can be customized to fit your interests.

Here are some of our favorite Gold Country tour companies:

BTW: You can tell us how you like to tour the Gold Country!


You'd be hard-pressed to find Gold Country tours more educational than this!

Who better than an energetic, enthusiastic retired teacher to bring to life the colorful stories of the California Gold Rush days?

Gabby's Gold Country Tours

That's exactly what you get with Gabby, who conducts tours around Jackson and Sutter Creek. Even cooler, you can customize your tour according to your interests.

Some possibilities include:

  • Walking tours of Jackson and Sutter Creek
  • Stories of early California, the Gold Rush, and hard-rock mining
  • Tour of the historic backroads of Amador County
  • Visit the site of the Knight Foundry in Sutter Creek
  • Tours of local cemeteries
  • A visit to the Kennedy mine tailing wheels
  • Tour of the Native American village of Indian Grinding Rock
  • A talk on local plants, trees, wildlife, and geology
  • Historic winery tours
  • All-day Emigrant Trail tour
  • Gold discovery tour (visit original site where gold was discovered)

Gabby's Historical Gold Rush Tours, P.O. Box 92, Pine Grove, CA 95665; (209) 296-3106 or (209) 304-0892


Who says tours have to involve a motor? Power through this one on your own steam!

Pedaling through California Gold Rush country is a wonderful way to take in the sights, smells, and sounds of the Sierra foothills.

Undiscovered Country Bike Tours

This tour company takes you on a three-day jaunt that includes an overnight stay at Volcano's historic St. George Hotel, a meander through the wine region, and the use of a quality lightweight road bike.

Be sure to book early -- tours are scheduled only three times a year and are limited to 12 participants.

2265 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View, CA 94043; (877) 322-1667


Many Gold Country tours center around the area's thriving wine district. This one's one of the best!

Leave the driving to someone else (how about a very entertaining host?) as you learn about the wine-making process and taste the award-winning wines of Amador County, including the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.

Gold Country Wine Tours

Based in Sutter Creek, this tour includes door-to-door pickup by shuttle bus, a visit to four to six wineries, a souvenir glass, and a gourmet picnic lunch at a winery.

Feel free to customize your tour to fit your tastes. (You might be interested in trying the area's celebrated "Old Vine" Zinfandels, many of which are produced from 140-year-old vines.) Or let yourself be surprised!

(877) 534-4949 or (209) 267-8030


Gold Country tours involving revving engines create memories of a lifetime!

What could be more fun than a 10-day motorcycle tour through California Gold Country that starts and ends in San Francisco? Not much we know of!

Gold Country Wine Tours

This tour includes a Harley rental, a professional guide, daily riding itineraries and maps, and limos for wine-tasting days. You'll be rolling through Downieville, South Lake Tahoe, and Jamestown before you make your way back to the coast.

California Motorcycle Tours, (858) 677-9892 or 1-888-408-7631


When Gold Country tours are strategically arranged to coincide with the height of the season, you know you're in for breathtaking views. And there's nothing quite like riding in the open air!

Motorcycle Road Tours

Among Gold Country tours, this one stands out because it takes advantage of the scenery during this wonderful time of year. The tour, which begins in Fresno and ends in Sacramento, includes a four-day, three-night all-inclusive spring motorcycle trip along historic Highway 49 and two-lane country backroads. Along the way, you can look forward to visits to old mining towns and overnight stays in historic Gold Rush hotels.

If you sign up, you can ride your own motorcyle or rent one. (But you'll have to do it through another company; Motorcycle Road Tours doesn't rent out motorcycles.)

P.O. Box 1, Coulterville, CA 95311; info@motorcycleroadtours.com; (209) 878-0117


With all the ghostly encounters that have been reported in these parts, it would be a shame if there weren't any Gold Country tours to explore the area's most haunted sites. Look no further than right here.

Haunted Isles

This is one of those Gold Country tours that'll send shivers down your spine!

Host Mark Lyon conducts personalized "ghostly" Gold Country tours of Grass Valley at 7:30 p.m. Fridays starting from the steps of the Grass Valley Library at 207 Mill St.

Haunted tours of Nevada City depart from Robinson Plaza in front the the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at 132 Main St. on Saturday evenings at 7:30 during the months of July, August, and October.

Private tours may be arranged upon request.

Haunted Isles, (530) 265-6877; mlyon@hauntedisles.com


This is one of those Gold Country tours that lets you design your own trip.

Gold Country Hiking and Adventures

Custom Gold Country tours are the name of the game here.

How about a winery tour to three boutique wineries in the Sierra foothills, complete with an Epicurean lunch and snacks? Or perhaps you'd prefer a custom tour through artists' studios of California Gold Rush country.

Your imagination is your limit!

(530) 478-1586; info@goldcountrywinetours.com


When it comes to Gold Country tours, you can't go wrong with this wine-tasting excursion.

This company, based in the picturesque southern Gold Country town of Murphys, will pick you up and drop you off at any Murphys or Angels Camp location.

Court Wood Wine Tasting

One to two couples or small groups of two to six tasters are chauffered by van to Calaveras County's finest wineries. The tour includes a gourmet picnic lunch at a winery.

(209) 763-8687; info@courtwoodwinetours.com


Some Gold Country tours, like this one here, take you through the region's best orchards, vineyards, and farms.

El Dorado County Tours

Melissa Billups is your go-to gal for agri-tourism Gold Country tours among the stunning hillsides of El Dorado County, including Apple Hill near Placerville. Optional add-ons include whitewater rafting, golf, and limo wine tours.

(530) 676-4990 or (866) 676-4990


What's the best thing about Gold Country tours? You don't have to get behind the wheel.

El Dorado County Tours

Tour El Dorado or Amador county wineries in style -- by limo, of course!

(916) 583-8519 or (209) 890-8079


Get personalized attention with Gold Country tours like this one.

California Nature Tours

David D. Schmidt takes you on a tour of California gold mines and ghost towns with his unforgettable Gold Country tours.

(415) 971-5201; info@CaliforniaNatureTours.com


There are so many transportation possibilities when you're talking about Gold Country tours. How about kicking it old-school?

Peppermint Creek Carriage Company

Explore the beautiful Gold Rush town of Sonora in carriages pulled by Belgian draft horses. These Gold Country tours last half an hour.

(209) 533-2599; info@peppermintcreekcarriage.com

So What is Your Favorite Way to Tour California's Gold Country?

  • Do you prefer a tour filled with rich history of the area?

  • How about a tour of the Gold Country's more modern commodity, wine?

  • If touring from the backseat of a car is not your cup of tea, how about cycling through the Gold Country?

  • If you want to slow the scenery down even more, how about a tour on foot?

  • In a car or motorcycle club? Cruising together with your friends and your favorite vehicles through the Gold Country can be a blast!

So what is your favorite way to tour California's Gold Country?

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