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    Day 4

    149 mi

    A Taste of Tuolumne County, From Gold Panning to Riding the Rails

    After a jolt of java, visit one of the region's most historic towns, followed by a surprising tasting room where apples are the fruit of the vine, and a chance to explore historic Jamestown, where the local state park is dedicated to steam engines and the role they played in Gold Country history.
    Photo credit: Spud Hilton
    2.3 mi10 min
    Gold Country Roasters
    08:4545 min

    Gold Country Roasters

    Coffee Shop
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    Pick up some locally baked pastries and a cup of joe at Gold Country Roasters, a coffeehouse popular with locals fond of artisanal coffee roasting. You can also shop for coffee bean sampler packs as well as a range of brewing equipment.
    13.4 mi20 min
    Columbia State Historic Park
    10:001 hr

    Columbia State Historic Park

    Historic Site
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    Columbia State Historic Park is the best-maintained Gold Rush town in the Mother Lode. At one point, this boisterous mining town was the state’s second-largest city (and only two votes shy of becoming the state capital). When gold mining no longer panned out in the late 1850s, most of the town’s 15,000 residents departed, leaving much of the mining equipment and buildings in place. In 1945, the entire town was turned into a historic park. As a result, Columbia has been preserved much as it was in the 1850s, with stagecoach rides, Western-style Victorian hotels, saloons, a newspaper office, a blacksmith’s forge, a Wells Fargo express office, and numerous other relics of California’s early mining days to check out.
    9.5 mi25 min
    Indigeny Reserve
    11:2545 min

    Indigeny Reserve

    Liquor Store
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    At the end of a narrow, winding road in the hills above Sonora, you'll find Indigeny Reserve, a cider works and distillery that offers tastings on a 160-acre property with hiking trails, picnic areas, and organic orchards. Stop in at the immaculate, modern tasting room to try the cider, apple brandy aged in oak barrels, and fruit-infused vodka.
    9.3 mi25 min
    The Standard Pour
    12:351 hr

    The Standard Pour

    Restaurant
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    Fuel up for the last stretch of the trip with sophisticated, sustainable small plates, burgers, and sandwiches at The Standard Pour, a casual, airy dining spot outside Sonora that's housed in the old Pickering Lumber office building, constructed in 1924. The menu includes 19 craft brews, ranging from pilsners to stouts, sour beer, and hard kombucha.
    7.7 mi15 min
    Railtown 1897 State Historic Park
    13:501 hr

    Railtown 1897 State Historic Park

    Park
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    Jamestown’s most popular attraction is Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, a train buff’s paradise featuring three Sierra steam locomotives. These great machines were used in many movies and television shows, including 'High Noon,' 'Little House on the Prairie,' 'Bonanza,' and 'My Little Chickadee.' The trains at the roundhouse are on display daily. There are also weekend rides and guided tours, as well as the Depot Store and Museum. The park is located near the center of town, on Fifth Avenue at Reservoir Road.
    0.9 mi5 min
    Downtown Jamestown
    15:0045 min

    Downtown Jamestown

    Historic Site
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    Situated about 4 miles southwest of Sonora on Highway 49, Jamestown is a 4-block-long cluster of old-fashioned storefronts and two rustic turn-of-the-20th-century hotels. There’s gold in these parts, too, as the marker commemorating the discovery of a 75-pound nugget attests (panning in nearby Woods Creek is a popular pastime among both locals and tourists). If Jamestown looks eerily familiar to you, that’s probably because you’ve seen it in the movies or on television. It has been one of Hollywood’s favorite Western movie sets, with scenes from such films as 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' shot here. Once you've had a mosey around town, it's time for the roughly 2-hour drive back to Sacramento.
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