It's bucket list time! We are planning a short side trip after arriving at SFO to see some of the history of the Gold Rush. We would like to try panning for gold (not expecting much but the experience), seeing some mining town Rt 49 history etc. After that we want to continue to Reno. We will then head back to Napa area . We have 2 1/2- 3 days. We plan driving from Reno to Vacaville in one day on our return.
Your advice if there are any 'must see' attractions? Any 'don't bother' places to aviod? How long should we stay on Rt 49?
We like some history (interesting facts) museums, tours, self direction, wineries, scenery, most food, and saving money but not pinching pennies. This is the very early planning stage so we are flexible at this point and a lot is predicated on where we start.
This is my first post here so easy does it!
Arriving late so really don't want to drive more that 1 - 2 hrs to get close to Day 1 town.
This is hard to decide which town to start at. We would like to have a fun experience panning for gold (although it seems like work) but also hear/see some of the history. Any recommondations here are appreciated greatly.
Day 1 museum/tour. Pan for Gold. eat at unique spot. Maybe a town specialty or great resturant. (not crazy about fast food)
Day 2 museum/tour side stop (or not) on way to Reno
Day 3 quick visit to Reno then drive back to vaccaville area possible stop on way- Suggestions?
Thanks to anybody who has done this or has ideas.