Columbia State Historic Park
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- 98%History Buffs
- 98%Family Travelers
- 83%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 83%Local Culture
- 67%Adventure Travelers
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- Columbia State Historic ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8
The park is a wonderful opportunity to step back in time. State park volunteers dress in period attire further enhancing the experience. Food, shops, activities and a lovely ice cream parlor.
- Columbia State Historic ParkMember ofWellnessGreen TravelersStudentsAdventure Travelers
One of the best living history experiences in California's Gold Country, this state park just off Hwy 49 preserves the dusty 19th-century streets of hotels and saloons that you can still go inside and experience. Sip a sarsaparilla, walk among the antique gravestones in the cemetery, and listen to the harmonica busker playing Johnny Cash on the wooden sidewalks.Recommended for:
- Columbia State Historic Park
Columbia State Historic Park located in Columbia, California (Gold Country). Things to do include panning for gold, picnic on the grounds and visit one of the many buildings that were built during the 1850's California Gold Rush. You really get an opportunity to go back in time walking the downtown area as all the employees are dressed up.
- Columbia State Historic ParkFirst to Review
Last summer, I worked about 45 minutes from Columbia State Historical Park, in California. High in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, due west of San Francisco, this historical re-enactment town is devoted to showing what life was like in the early 19th century. The town is a combination of small museums, interactive re-enactments, shops and restaurants. At the end of my 3-month stay in CA, I was at last able to get out to Columbia for a few hours. I wish I'd had an entire day!
The first thing you have to do is buy a bottle of Columbia sarsaparilla. The original root beer, this delicious trademark is even exported from the park. It's even better on a hot August day. Because I was short on time, I didn’t have a chance to try my hand at candle-making or gold panning or at the blacksmith or ride the stagecoach. I stopped in the candy shop—you have to try the caramels!—and refreshed my sarsaparilla in the hotel dining room, where I picked up lunch. I decided to get my chicken to go, and ate by the wonderful stone formations left from the old mines. I bought a few postcards at the general store and got a case of sarsaparilla at saloon to take with me. I hope I can make time for a longer visit next summer!