Nevada City 1851

Gold rush tour - spring 2019

Category: culture & history

Guided By: yuba bus and Outlandish

Location: nevada city & Grass valley

Available Dates: Spring 2019

Approximate Time: 3 hours

Cost Per Person: $45

Experience Description

Starting in Spring 2019, you can join us for a unique trip back to the Gold Rush in the historic towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City.

We’ll start in downtown Nevada City in front of the Assay Office where $27 million in gold pass through its doors without ever once being robbed. Then, we’ll board the Yuba Bus for our driving tour of important moments in California’s Gold Rush history – exploring the impacts to native Nisenan people and Chinese miners to important technological advances like the Pelton Wheel and water monitors. Other sites along this route include the Nevada Theatre, the National Hotel, and Deer Creek.  

From Nevada City, we’ll head to Grass Valley for an exclusive hour and a half docent-led tour of the Empire Mine State Historic Park, the site of one of the oldest, largest, deepest, longest and richest gold mines in California. After, we’ll cruise into downtown Grass Valley where we’ll stop at a local eatery that specializes in traditional Cornish pasties, a portable pot pie beloved by the miners. Our tour continues as we check out the street that was once “paved with gold,” drive by the haunted Holbrooke Hotel an establishment once frequented by Mark Twain, visit a historic cemetery and the first gold discovery site in the region. We’ll end our tour in Nevada City in front of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce where you can find information about shops, art galleries, entertainment and more.

Experience Includes: Driving Tour, Docent-Led Walking Tour at Historic State Park, Photo Opportunities, Slideshow and History, Lunch, and a few outlandish surprises

Empire Mine Grass Valley Outlandish Experiences
Yuba Bus and Outlandish Experiences

Experience Guide

Yuba Bus provides safe, fun and reliable transportation in and around Nevada County. Seasonal Shuttle Bus service to the South Yuba River and Charter Bus service for weddings, events, corporate outings and much more! Go to for more details.

Outlandish Experiences founder and guide Robert Trent will accompany you on the Gold Rush tour and point out interesting sites and unique stories from the past.

Where To Meet


This experience begins at Robinson Plaza in historic downtown Nevada City


From Sacramento/Auburn

Take I-80 E toward RENO
Take the Hwy 49 exit toward GRASS VALLEY
Turn LEFT onto Hwy 49
Continue to follow Hwy 49 N
Turn LEFT onto BROAD ST.

From Reno/Tahoe

Take I-80 West toward SACRAMENTO
Take the Hwy 20 West exit – EXIT 161 – toward NEVADA CITY / GRASS VALLEY.

Safety, Restrictions, and Cancellations

This experience welcomes people of all ages, however, children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. Experiences purchased may be transferable with at least 48 hours’ notice. In the event your guide cancels, be sure to email us and, upon approval, a full refund will be issued within one week. See our Terms of Service for more information.

We will post more details once we get closer to spring 2019.

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