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California Gold Country road trip

Highway 49 has brilliant spring wildflowers, green, green hills, and a burgeoning crop of restaurants and wineries

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Golden glow
Photo by Peter Fish

Golden glow

Every California schoolkid knows Coloma was where James Marshall discovered gold, establishing the state’s rep as a land hungry for quick bucks (see The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills). Less well known is that Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is an ideal place for a stroll. All you need to do is gaze at the green hill and wildflower views from the Monroe Ridge Trail, and you’ll know that mere monetary wealth is unimportant. 310 Back St., Coloma; parks.ca.gov

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