Nevada City Travel Guide

  • Old firehouse and adjacent store
    Old firehouse and adjacent store
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    Church Street main drag of commercial
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    Firehouse next to other buildings
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Nevada City Highlights

  • Pro
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     Historic, Cute with Great Restaurants 

  • Con
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     Hilly and Hard to Park 

  • In a nutshell
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     One of the California Gold Rush Towns 

Nevada City Things to Do

  • Firehouse No 1 Museum: Displays

    On display you will find common items used by residents over the past 150 years. The most interesting display to me was the display of bottles of all shapes and colors that were unearthed in this area especially near the creek.There are also firearms, collections of tools of various trades, kitchen and household items and a collection of children's...

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  • Firehouse No. 1 Museum

    This beautiful firehouse was completed in the Spring of 1861 and was home to Nevada Hose Company No.1 from 1861 to 1938. Horse-drawn fire wagons and handcarts barreled out of it's doors for almost 50 years, with the bell in the firehouse steeple clanging out the news that there was a fire about. After the turn of the century motorized fire engines...

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  • Nevada City Firehouse No.1: Nisenan...

    The Nisenan Indians are the native Indians of Nevada County, having made their homes in the foothills of Nevada County for thousands of years, long before the arrival of European settlers. While the Nevada City Rancheria (reservation) no longer exists, the Nisenan people still live here. Written documentation of the Tribe and its federally...

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  • Firehouse No 1 Museum: Chinese Altar...

    The museum houses the altar and other artifacts from the Hou Wang Temple and the Kuan Yin Temple, which were located in Grass Valley from 1877 to 1938.There are also many items from Chinese daily life, from school books used in the Chinese language schools, to opium pipes, tools, cooking utensils, clothing and everyday items.

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  • Nevada City's Victorian Christmas

    Nevada City, in the gold rush country of Northern California is home to Victorian Christmas three Wednesday evenings and two Sunday afternoons in December and features holiday activities for all ages. Whether you bundle up and take a horse drawn carriage ride in the snow, listen to the street carolers or see one of the many live entertainments, the...

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  • Firehouse Museum

    This is on Main Street and a very nice visit for the small but packed building. They have many original artifacts from the 1800 era, and also great pictures from then. Built in 1861, it remains intact

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Nevada City Restaurants

  • Plentiful, Good and Reasonable

    The food was authentic Chinese; not the fabricated new style found in a lot of places these days. One of the best parts is you get a full meal-$5 for lunch, and $7-8 for dinner that includes soup, appetizers, main entre and fried rice on the side Chow Mein was a huge platter, and I ordered chicken base. It was great.

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  • A Small Chain But A Great Sandwich

    I prefer not to go to a place that is a chain restaurant. However Beach Hut Deli is a small chain of sandwich stores that started in Granite Bay that makes great sandwiches with fresh and high quality ingredients.Having had a bowl of soup earlier for lunch I wanted to have something quick for an early dinner before heading back to Sacramento....

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  • Great Organic Soup

    Eating when traveling does not always need to be at a fancy sit down place with waiters or waitresses. Some of my fondest memories are of little places that you order food from the counter or to go and the food is outstanding. This was one of those places.This is not a restaurant nor a take out place. When I talked to the owner Caroline Szekely she...

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  • Made to Order Crepes

    You won't find this crepe place on the internet and it doesn't have a fixed address. As a matter of fact Elvensies is actually located in a tent like structure in a parking lot. However the crepes he makes in his little outside tent are fantastic! It reminded me of the open air crepe stands in Paris. You can order a crepe with cinnamon, powdered...

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  • Funky coffee shop

    Caffe Mekka is something of an establishment in Nevada City. It's located on the lower end of Commercial St., a block off Broad, in one of the many old buildings in town. This coffeehouse is rather unique, a far cry from your neighborhood Starbucks chain place. The atmosphere is quirky, with exposed brick walls, wood beams, portions of walls with...

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  • Popular spot

    This is one of several good options for dining in Nevada City. Ike's is especially popular for lunch on the deck in the back, where you can sit under shady trees and eat on tables covered with colorful oilcloth. The menu is varied, with some creative twists on familiar items. But the specialty here is New Orleans style food.

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Nevada City Nightlife

  • Best Spot for Local Interaction

    The inside is dating back many years with little change to update to modern times. The ambiance is great Casual is okay in every place visited in the evening. There are about 3-4 drinking establishments, the theater dating back to 1860's, or go to church.

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  • Impersonators Singing Old Songs

    Tucked away in a brick building on Commercial Street is Off Broadstreet (OBS). I would best describe it as a cross between a light musical and cabaret. OBS produces light comedies and musicals that feature a lot of songs from the 1950's and 1960's. Quite often the performers dress to impersonate the singers whose songs they are singing like Johnny...

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  • FIREWATER SERVED HERE

    Those of you that may say the name of this Bar/Restaurant/music venue is not politically correct. Well, it is. Yes, the American Indian was not adapted to alcohol and the name is of an actual American Indian Chief was used but in good faith. The original owner paid homage to the American Indian and collected many relics of the past and displayed...

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Nevada City Transportation

  • Getting Around Nevada City

    Parking can be difficult in Nevada City during events like Victorian Christmas or the Summer Bike Race. Broad and Commercial Streets are closed to through traffic. The Police Dept have ordained that parking is not allowed on “On Ramps” or “Off Ramps” of Hwys 49 and 20. Cars parked on the ramps will be ticketed and may be towed.Take the ShuttleDrop...

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  • Finding Parking in Town

    Parking spaces are limited in Nevada City and backing into some of them with hilly conditions can be difficult. There are nine parking lots in town and several hundred on street parking lots of which only six are reasonable choices for tourists wanting to get out and see the City. A link showing all is provided...

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  • From San Francisco take I-80...

    From San Francisco take I-80 to Vallejo/Sacramento; after about 70 miles merge onto I-80E and take East Ramp towards Reno; travel about 35 miles and take exit CA-49 to Grass Valley/Placerville; turn left onto CA-193; after 28 miles CA-139 becomes CA-49 -> turn left; after aproximatly 27 miles take exit Broad Street. Found it?You'd better have a...

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Nevada City Shopping

  • WINE TASTING IN NEVADA CITY

    You might have come to Nevada City for the mountain air, the gold rush era equipment, the 1860's Victorian buildings, and even shopping, but did you think that wine from a local vineyard was able to be tasted with a complimentary tasting of a large selection of varietals and library wines. Well, yes you can right in downtown Nevada City.Indian...

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  • Local Independent bookstore

    Nevada City isn't big enough to have one of the chain stores like Borders or Barnes & Nobles. That leaves room for the locals to have an independent bookstore. Harmony Books is right on Broad St., and has a good selection of books of local interest - history, gold mining, travel - along with a general selection of fiction and non-fiction. They have...

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  • FENG SHUI DESIGNS

    The Lotus Mountain is a boutique for the body, mind, and home. The owners, Helen and James Jay are both consultants and instructors of Feng Shui. Many of the items in the store are inspiring and make one aware of the touch of nature. Don't let the words Feng Shui make you shy away from walking in and look around at the items that are personally...

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Nevada City Local Customs

  • GOLD IN THEM THAR CARTS

    One of the best preserved tools of the trade in the 1850's Gold Country is a gold cart that sits in a small square on Broad Street, in Nevada City. Benches are in the square to sit and relax in the shade of the pine trees. One of the many items on display that came from the 1850's is a gold cart that travelled on iron tracks. At least, I am sure...

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  • At a wedding reception, the...

    At a wedding reception, the girl that catches the bouquet of flowers from the flower toss is the one that will get married next.Notice how the girls in this photo are reaching for the flowers with their arms reaching out. Contrast that with the photo under the 'Warning/Dangers' section. The guys are ducking from marriage!!

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Nevada City Warnings and Dangers

  • Set Your Parking Brake and Curb Your...

    At a cafe in Nevada City I decided to ask what an on duty Nevada City policemen what advice he would give to tourists in his town. He said he continues to be amazed that people do not know how to park their car on a hill (and Nevada City has many hills and steep streets). This results in frequent fender benders and a few serious collisions.So...

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  • Unconventional Sidewalks

    The streets surrounding downtown Nevada City have some very unconventional sidewalks. Due to elevation differences between the buildings on each side of the street, some of the sidewalks can have a severe drop-off to the street below. Sometimes stairs are needed to access the sidewalk and properties beyond.I know of other cities where this occurs,...

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  • Hey guys, ff you catch the...

    Hey guys, ff you catch the garter belt from the garter toss at a wedding reception, you'll be next to get married according to local customs. So don't catch the garter!

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Nevada City Off The Beaten Path

  • Grass Valley

    This town is only 5-6 miles south of Nevada City, and is more, or less connected to the daily needs of locals between the town towns. It has one main strip of old buildings still preserved from 1860-1890's. These buildings are mostly for restaurants, and shopping, and 1-2 bars. The town was one of many gold mining towns that started up in late...

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  • Malakoff Diggins

    This is a most unique old gold mining "pit" where hydraulic mining was used. it was outlawed in 1890's due to the severe erosion into the nearby creeks/rivers. It is a State Park area, and entry is $10, mainly to see the old town of North Bloomfield. There are trails around and through the carved out pit area, and they are moderate in challenge....

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  • South Yuba State Park

    South Yuba River State Park is a surprise of wonderfully preserved bridges, great hiking trails, brilliant scenery and a very nice little visitor center during an early January trip. During the summer it is a popular spot for swimming, kayaking, horseback riding and canoeing. It canbest be thought of as a twenty mile non-continuous string of...

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Nevada City Sports & Outdoors

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    by SteveOSF Written Mar 16, 2008

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    The twelve-mile long South Yuba Trail caries hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders through historic foothill river canyons. Here the natural scenery of the foothills can be enjoyed. However, evidence of the California Gold Rush still remains along the trail. The impacts of destructive hydraulic mining are evident. A few swimming holes are located along the South Yuba River. The river conditions do vary, so some caution should be exercised.

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Nevada City Favorites

  • South Yuba Canal Building-Tourist Center

    Located in the axis of Commercial and Coyote Sts,. this is where you get all the local information. It is loaded with a lot of it, for the town and surrounding region. The well preserved buildings without a lot of cmmmercialism

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  • Firehouse Number 2

    Firehouse No. 2 was built in 1861. This brick structure is located near the top of Broad Street. Firehouse No. 2 housed one of Nevada City's first volunteer fire companies.

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  • The National Hotel

    The National Hotel is the oldest continuously operated hotel west of the Rocky Mountains. The hotel actually consists of four building that were built from 1854 to 1857. Its historic architecture is enjoyable.The National Hotel is located at:211 Broad StreetNevada City, CA 95959Phone: (530) 265-4551Their website is:The National Hotel

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