The West's best road trips

Satisfy your wanderlust with a Western classic--a great road trip. Get ideas for the best routes and where to eat along the way

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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Wildflowers to brake for
Photo by Proven Winners

Wildflowers to brake for

You'll see these beauties along the 85-mile route:

  • California poppy. State flower, brilliant orange; opens only on sunny days.
  • Goldfields. Gold-yellow flowers; covers many Gold Country hillsides.
  • Lupine. Vivid blue-purple blooms.
  • Monkey Flower (pictured). Yellow or orange; trumpet shaped.


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