Bring the family to this car-free historic town, which is slightly reminiscent of Disneyland, without the crowds, the high prices and well, the mouse. The former capital of the wild west has been saved from the modern mini-mall Starbucks craze by becoming a State Park.
Wander through the old west imagining the working ladies, the bar brawls, and the dusty cowboys hoping to make millions. Visit the William Cavalier Museum (Main and State Streets) to learn about this town and its part in the gold craze. The Museum of the Gold Rush Press, Columbia Grammar School, Fallon Hotel, and the miner’s cabin make for interesting stops (press the buttons outside of buildings to learn their history). There are a couple restaurants and saloons here, but mostly, you’ll ride the carriage, peek around, slurp some ice cream and head back to your hotel.
Though if you happen to be in town for a murder mystery weekend, you might want to stick around (call for details) or contact the City Hotel to learn about Ghost Tours.