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Sutter's Mill, Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
Distance: 433 miles one-way
Ask any fourth-grader: This is where James Marshalls discovery started the Gold Rush in 1848. Todays sawmill is a replica of the original. And adventure seekers, take note: The highly raftable South Fork of the American River is handy.
Contact: Marshall Gold Discovery Site Historic Park, (530) 622-3470, www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=484