Begin your adventure with a visit to Empire Mine State Historic Park located in Grass Valley. Empire Mine was the richest hard-rock mine in the State of California producing 5.8 million ounces of gold in its operating history of 106 years (1850-1956). The Park offers historical tours of the Bourn Cottage and the mineyard, “living history” events, a scale model of the underground workings of the Empire/Star mine complex, a “gold room,” which displays ore samples from local mines, an Assay Office, and an extensive mineral collection.
Stop in Nevada City, just three miles from Grass Valley and visit the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum. Visitors are offered a docent-led historical tour of the museum, rail yard and restoration shop.
Jump in your car and travel up Highway 20 to visit the Donner Memorial State Park and the Emigrant Trail Museum, located just outside Truckee. Wander through the exhibit on the Donner Party and check out the informative video. Nearby are two of the cabin sites and an interpretive trail.
End your day with a stroll through historic downtown Truckee. Explore the unique shops and experience the gritty past and vibrant present of this historic railroad town. Downtown you will find an eclectic mix of old-fashioned shops, unique one-of-a-kind stores and upscale boutiques.
Rest your weary bones and stay the night at the newly renovated Truckee Hotel located in the heart of historic downtown. Built in 1873, the Truckee Hotel is the perfect ending to your Gold Rush Adventure in Nevada County, California.