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9 Family-Friendly Gold Rush Adventures

Take on whitewater rapids, pan for gold and explore California history

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Pluck a bit of gold from a riverbed scoured by the original ’49ers. Descend deep into the earth to check out unusual rock formations. Get your heart racing with a ride down whitewater rapids. For all this adventure and more, the Gold Country has your number—and your kids'.

Sporting California’s capital, Sacramento, this region is steeped in history, and fun ways for your family to learn about it first hand abound. Try gold panning in the same river where gold was first discovered in 1848. Tour some of the state’s richest mines and elegant homes built with boomtown fortunes. Ride historic steam locomotives and mysterious caverns. It’s history, California style.

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