Sonora, CA, USA

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Sonora, CA, USA

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Sonora strikes gold in the Sierra Nevada Mountains

Founded during California's Gold Rush heyday, Sonora is a former gold mining town famous for the Big Bonanza Gold Mine, which yielded a stunning 12 tons of solid gold in two years. Book a Sonora vacation rental in the heart of town and you're certain to strike gold. Nestled in foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Sonora is known as the Queen of the Southern Mines. Catch a show at the Opera House, visit Jamestown, a quirky one-horse town with notable antiques shops, or take a pilgrimage to Mark Twain's Cabin, 8 miles west of Sonora.

Up the creek without a paddle

Surrounded by the peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Sonora is a favourite base for fans of rugged outdoor pursuits. Beginners should start with the Dragoon Gulch Trail, a fun 2.5-mile romp through Mother Lode's ancient oak woodlands. It follows the path of a natural creek and boasts Sonora's most impressive views of the Sierra Nevada. If you don't fancy getting muddy, book a Sonora vacation rental close to the historic downtown and potter around the 19th-century shops and buildings. After dark, catch a musical or a show at Sonora's legendary Sierra Repertory Theatre.

I ain't sayin' she's a golddigger

Sonora is a small city crammed with old-school charm. Book a Sonora vacation rental in the historic downtown, and you'll have a wealth of antique shops, restaurants and the farmers' market right on your doorstep. Sonora is proud of its rich arts scene, and is home to the Central Sierra Arts Council, which looks after a clutch of artists studios now open to the public. As a nod to its gold-panning history, there are several gold mines still open in Tuolumne County. The closest is in Jamestown, 3 miles southwest of Sonora.

After the gold rush, comes the cold rush

Sonora benefits from the classic Southern California climate, which feels more Mediterranean than Mexican. Think cool, damp winters, and dry, hot summers with more than 250 sunny days a year. Peak season in Gold Rush Country tends to be in summer, from June to August, when prime Sonora vacation rentals are booked up well in advance. Winter is low season in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Hiking and biking activity starts up again in the spring, when the snow starts to melt from the trails.

Let's go where the wild things are

Tucked away on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, the small city of Sonora is surrounded by a wealth of natural beauty. It's a 20-minute drive from Stanislaus National Forest, which offers a plethora of scenic hiking and biking trails, waterfalls and caves which will sate even the hardiest of outdoor types. Keep your peepers open in the pine forest for resident bald eagles, peregrine falcons and wolverines. Named after the Stanislaus River, which runs through it, the forest is home to numerous lakes, rivers and streams, which are great for rafting and kayaking.