Gifted with vibrant Gold Rush Era downtowns, exciting arts, abundant recreation and spectacular natural beauty, Nevada County offers a captivating visitor experience.
These towns are laid back and artistic with a rich tradition of forward thinking development, outdoor adventure, and generations of farming.
The twin cities of Grass Valley and Nevada City are recognized iconic Gold Rush Era towns and a state-designated Cultural District.
Iconic Gold Rush Era Downtowns, state historic parks, miles of scenic trails, sparkling rivers and lakes, and the wealth of arts and culture activities.
Located along Highway 49, Grass Valley and Nevada City are picturesque Gold Rush towns with many preserved and restored historic buildings, including old firehouses, steepled churches, Victorian bed & breakfast inns, and wonderful old hotels that once lodged American presidents and well known historical figures. Amid thick forests of oak, pine and cedar, the area is away from the busy Interstate highway system yet only an hour’s drive from Sacramento to the southwest and Lake Tahoe to the east.
Visitors will find some of California’s best Gold Rush history, abundant outdoor recreation and wide choices in dining, lodging, nightlife and the arts. The area features a number of noted restaurants, featuring California cuisine, fresh, local and organic foods. Explore our thriving regional wineries and breweries, each with its own unique feel. Local family farms invite visitors to come experience the pastoral life, if only for an hour, day, or weekend.
When the sun goes down, nightlife abounds in Grass Valley and Nevada City. Enjoy old-fashioned saloons and night clubs with live entertainment. Concerts and live theatre with award-winning local organizations such as Music in the Mountains and Center for The Arts attract patrons from across the region.