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Exploring the Gold Country

Visit California Now Podcast

Much of California's history is inextricably tied to the region that lies between the San Francisco Bay Area and the Sierra Foothills. Gold Country takes its name from the famous historical period that kicked off in 1848 with a Coloma carpenter's discovery of gold flakes in the American River. Today, this thriving collection of river cities and towns offers visitors insight into the past as well as a delicious taste of the present.

On this episode of the California Now Podcast, host Soterios Johnson uncovers some of the best attractions Gold Country has to offer, starting with a quick history lesson from Sacramento City Historian Marcia Eymann. She talks about the thriving Native American communities of the pre-Gold Rush era, and continues on to discuss the Sacramento of today, a port city known as America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital.

Johnson next speaks with travel blogger Preethi Chandrasekhar to get a first-time visitor's perspective of the region. Chandrasekhar immersed herself in Gold Country, visiting historic hotels, unique shopping destinations, and unforgettable outdoor spaces. Finally, Johnson connects with travel insider Nick Leonti, who offers up an impressive rundown of good eats—including craft beer and craft cider— that dot Sacramento and surrounding towns.

Motherlode Attractions and Restaurants Murphys

Murphys Pour House

Newsome Harlow Wines

Ironstone Vineyards

Moon Alley

Calaveras Big Trees State Park


Tuolumne County

Dragoon Gulch Trail


Columbia Historic State Park

The Royal Olive Manor

Diamondback Grill

El Arroyo Cantina and Mexican Kitchen


The Service Station

National Hotel and Restaurant

Yosemite National Park

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