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