Gold Country - In the footsteps of the Gold Rush
Travel Time
One way
2 hours 30 minutes
Estimated Cost
234 $ - 560 $
25 $ - 30 $
89 $ - 150 $
Restaurants / Bars
20 $ - 80 $
100 $ - 300 $
234 $ - 560 $

Gold Country is located in the Northern region of California and sits on the slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Gold Country was the starting block for the 1849 California Gold Rush which brought hundreds of thousands of miners and travelers to the area. Mineral deposits and gold mines were founded during this time in the initial “Gold Rush” when more than 25 million ounces of gold was mined in the region. 

Today, Gold Country is a hugely popular destination, as tourists and locals flock to follow in the footsteps of the nearly 300,000 people who migrated to the area during the gold rush. This beautiful region in California has a very substantial historical importance and attracts the history and architectural buffs with its quaint 19th Century architecture and many interesting sites.

A natural beauty, Gold Country is surrounded by the beautiful Sierra Nevada, with many rivers and walking paths traveling across unforgettable landscapes.

25 $ - 30 $
Travel time
2 hours 30 minutes
Estimated Fuel Cost
25 $ - 30 $

Gold Country is a relatively short drive from San Francisco along the I-80 and the CA-70N. This journey should take no more than two and a half hours to complete, and is approximately 150 miles in length. While driving along the I-80, you will drive through the city Sacramento, and further along your journey, you will pass through Yuba City.

Sacramento is just 70 miles a good location for a stopover, as it is only around 70 miles away. As you continue on the I-80 from Sacramento, you will take the CA-70N, and drive for 40 miles, turning off onto the CA-162 for the final 30 or so miles of your journey. On the way to Gold Country, you will also drive through Plumas National Forest, with a gorgeous view of miles and miles of tall trees and forests, a taste of what is to come when you reach the Gold Country area. Two Amtrack National Rail Stations are also nearby if you are unable to reach it via public transport.