Gold Country & Sierra Nevada

Discover the rugged beauty of California's High Sierra. Hike Mt. Whitney and explore Grass Valley, Sonora, Lake Oroville, Gold Canyon, and the Sierra Nevada mountain towns where 49ers once sought their fortune.

A girl picks apples at 24 Carrot Farms in Placerville, California.

Experience a Golden Fall in Gold Country

Where to find liquid gold (wine), golden tickets, and the real deal in California’s Gold Country.
Outside the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, California.

8 Haunted Spots in California's Gold Country

Head up the ‘Golden Chain,’ Highway 49, in search of haunted history.
Yosemite Falls from Tunnel View in Yosemite National Park, California

Why Spring is the Perfect Time to Visit Yosemite National Park

Flowers, falls, snowflakes, and wildlife—May brings the best of summer and winter to the park.
The pavement of Highway 395 in Northern California stretches towards the mountains in the distance.

Highway 395: Your Route to the Sierra's Secret Wonders

Escape the crowds and discover the eastern side of the mountains.
Broad Street in Nevada City, California.

5 Gold Country Towns Worth a Visit

These historic towns along Highway 49 offer great food, hospitality, architecture, and scenery.
A couple windowshops in downtown historic Nevada City.

Nevada City, California Gold Country Getaway

Gold isn't the only treasure you'll find in historic Nevada City, California.
Sutter Creek, California Main Street in the Sierra Foothills.

Sierra Nevada Day Trips

On your way to the snow, detour for wine, gold, and giant sequoias.
walkers on the main drag of Angels Camp California, picture

A Weekend in Angels Camp, California

A small town in the Sierra foothills features Gold Rush era artifacts, and a frog-jumping contest.
Tunnel View in Yosemite National Park in a sunny day, image

Top Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Want to cover a lot of ground on a quick trip to one of the West's best national parks? Here's how.
panoramic sunset view over purple echium blooms and Marin Headlands, in foreground, as the towers of Golden Gate poke through enveloping afternoon fog with San Francisco skyline on horizon

Road Trip Daydreams: Our Favorite California Drives

When it's safe to travel for leisure, the Via team plans to hit these spots in California.
Yosemite National Park Three Brothers rock formations.

What to Expect With Yosemite’s Phased Reopening

Yosemite is reopening. Here's what you need to know.
a tailing wheel at the kennedy gold mine near sutter creek, california

Spring Weekend in Sutter Creek, California

Want a quick getaway for spring break? Try Sutter Creek along Gold Country's Highway 49.
a creek runs through the trees with a mountain in the background, picture

Sierra's Majestic Mountain Loop

Central California Sierra's magic mountain loop: Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite National Parks.
dogwoods and maples brighten Grass Valley's Main Street with fall color in California's Gold Country

Fall Weekend in Gold Country: Grass Valley, California

Fall in gold country means harvest celebrations, revisiting mining history, and prime leaf peeping.
Lake Alpine near Bear Valley, California on a clear day.

Bear Valley, California: A Low-Key Tahoe Alternative

Beat the Tahoe crowds in this Sierra getaway.