49 miles on Highway 49
A Guide to the California Scenic Byway
The 49 miles along Highway 49 described on these pages is one of the most scenic and historically rich sections of this beautiful highway. The route will take you through quaint, small towns, historic mining areas, along one of the truly beautiful rivers of Northern California, and show you some of the rich history contained within the hills and mountains of rural California.
Starting from either end, visit the historic stops along the highway. Learn about the miners and ranchers of the area, what they did and how they did it. Learn about the Indians who lived here prior to the influx of miners in 1849. Read more...