"Sonora: Queen of the Southern Mines" Sonora by Tom_Fields

Sonora Travel Guide: 29 reviews and 95 photos


This town began, like so many others, as a Gold Rush mining camp. It was first settled by immigrants from Sonora, Mexico. Naturally, they named it for their old hometown. These people officially founded the town in 1851. It was nicknamed the "Queen of the Southern Mines".

Sonora is full of charm, history, and points of interest. It also has some good hotels, restaurants, and bars. A casual stroll through the heart of town takes you past a number of landmarks.

It is also an excellent base for touring the Gold Country. If you want a pleasant weekend getaway from the Bay Area, Sacramento, Modesto, or Fresno, it's a within reasonable driving distance. Get an early start, and you can explore many attractions that lie with a short distance--Railtown, Moaning Cavern, California Cavern, Calaveras Big Trees, Columbia State Historic Park, and Angel's Camp, to name a few.

Sonora's Parks

Sonora has some small but very pleasant parks, especially downtown. The one shown here is next to the Courthouse.

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  • Pros:Perfect location for exploring the Gold Country
  • Last visit to Sonora: Jul 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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