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Grass Valley

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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. As of April 2007 there are 3 wine shops/tasting rooms in the downtown area.



  • 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.


  • The Owl Grill and Saloon, 134 Mill St, +1 530 274-1144. Open daily at 4PM. Casual, welcoming atmosphere. Live music on select nights. The Billy Blue Bread is a partnership of garlic and blue cheese and the beer battered french fries have a deliciously subtle fish flavor. Good selection of beer on tap, plenty of wine and lots of the hard stuff. Order food in the bar or venture into the restaurant.
  • [dead link] Golden Gate Saloon, 212 W. Main St, +1 530 273-1353. Located in the Holbrooke Hotel, the Golden Gate Saloon is known as the oldest continuously operating bar west of the Mississippi. Live music Wednesday through Saturday nights. Happy hour Monday through Friday 4:30PM to 6:30PM. They have a good selection of beer, wine, and liquor, and a relaxing atmosphere - sit at a table in the window for some good people watching.


Go next[edit]

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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