Bear Valley, CA When gold was discovered in California in 1848, would-be miners came from all over the country to make their fortunes in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas.
Today, historic Highway 49 runs north and south through the area that was the focus of the famous Gold Rush. The highway runs 321 miles along the Heritage Corridor.
Visitors will find old mining towns, living history displays and gorgeous scenery. There are several State Historic Parks in the area as well. Throughout the region there are fine bed-and-breakfast inns, antique shops, galleries and charming "Old West" main streets.
The area also is quite popular with boaters and other people looking for outdoor recreation. There is hiking, underground caverns, golf and many other activities in the region.
For more information, see the articles on Calaveras County and Placerville in the "Recent Focus Features" section of the CaliforniaWeekend.com home page.