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Grass Valley is a city in Nevada County in California's Gold Country.

Get in[edit]

Map of Grass Valley (California)

By car[edit]

From Sacramento take I-80 East to Auburn and then take 49 from Auburn to Grass Valley.

From Truckee take I-80 west and take the highway 20 exit towards Nevada City and Grass Valley.

By bus[edit]

Get around[edit]


  • 1 Empire Mine State Historic Park, 10791 East Empire St., +1 530 273-8522. Empire Mine is the site of the oldest and richest gold mine in California. Despite having only 20% of the available gold extracted (5.8 million ounces of gold by weight) the mine closed in 1956 after 106 years of production and now is preserved as a California state park. The visitor center has diagrams and models of the mine itself, and numerous items of mining machinery are on show inside the park. Visitors have the opportunity to enter the top of the mine shaft itself and an underground train tour is coming soon (2008/9). The state park also has many miles of riding, walking and mountain biking trails. Empire Mine State Historic Park (Q5374101) on Wikidata Empire Mine State Historic Park on Wikipedia
  • Victorian Houses. With Grass Valley being a major 19th century Gold Mining area in the American West there are a large number of Victorian houses in the area. Wandering the streets of the city is a good way to appreciate these buildings and there are many excellent photograph opportunities.


  • Wine tasting. Enjoy wine tasting at various locations in the City of Grass Valley and at some of the surrounding wineries.



  • 1 South Pine Cafe, 102 Richardson St. Excellent slightly alternative restaurant. Be prepared to wait a short while at the weekend, but be assured the food is worth it. Try the "south pine sampler", but be aware the Louisiana Hot Sausage can be fiery. The menu has lots of variety—options for vegetarians and carnivores. Great selection of liquid to wash down your meal, from fresh squeezed juices to beer and wine.
  • 2 Diegos Restaurant, 217 Colfax Ave. Open Monday through Saturday. Chilean food. Fun mismatched decor, and pleasant staff. The bread balls they start you off with are melt in your mouth delicious and go perfectly with the dipping sauce and garlic butter that accompany them. The Agave wine margaritas are quite refreshing.



Go next[edit]

  • Nevada City
  • Marysville
  • Auburn - Auburn was established as a mining camp in 1849, and its rapid growth led to it becoming the county seat of Placer County just two years later in 1851. Today travelers can visit the historic downtown, including the Placer County Courthouse which now houses a museum. Outside of town, the Hidden Falls Regional Park boasts over 30 miles (48 km) of multi-use trails, and the Auburn State Recreation Area provides boating and hiking along 40 miles (64 km) of the North and Middle Forks of the American river. Other area trails host a variety of extreme endurance challenges each year, including the 100 mi (160 km) Western States Endurance Run.

Routes through Grass Valley
Yuba CityMarysville  W California 20.svg E  Nevada CityTruckee
OakhurstAuburn  S California 49.svg N  Nevada CityLoyalton

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