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Angels Camp might be a fairly small town, with a population of just a few thousand, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything to discover here. Quite the contrary! This town has a fascinating history and is, in fact, the only incorporated city in Calaveras County. It’s also a California Historical Landmark, and though history is an important part of Angels Camp, there are plenty of modern attractions and comforts. Keep reading to find out about some of the things to do in Angels Camp! And, if you’re planning a trip to the area, be sure to check out our free Vacation Guide—it is a great resource sure to save you time planning.
Head over to the Angels Camp City Museum to learn about the golden history of Angels Camp and the Mother Lode Region—literally! Angels Camp and the surrounding Mother Lode played a large part in the California Gold Rush, due to the large quantities of gold present.
Exhibits you will discover here contain one of the largest collections of carriages and wagons in the nation and a historical park filled with extensive indoor and outdoor exhibits. This includes an exhibit about Mark Twain, who stayed in Angels Camp for a (while where he found inspiration for “The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”—his first successful short story). You can also try your hand at panning for gold!
If you are searching for upcoming events in Angels Camp, mark your calendar for the oldest continually operating county fair in California: the Calaveras County Fair & Frog Jumping Jubilee! The Calaveras County Fair features fair mainstays and infuses them with the history and culture of Angels Camp to create an event that draws tens of thousands of people each May. One of the most popular events at the fair is the Frog Jump Jubilee, which recreates Mark Twain’s short story. If you’re a big fan of Mark Twain, come back in October for the Mark Twain Wild West Fest.
Walk down historic Main Street, and you will find a collection of charming boutique shops offering everything from Western-style apparel to modern fashion and art galleries to stores selling minerals and rocks.
Learn about the history of Angels Camp as you are walking down one of its most historic streets by taking a walking tour. Stop by the Calaveras Visitors Center to pick up a (free) Calaveras Experience Guide, and in the back of the guide, there will be a map for you to follow.
If you work up an appetite from all the walking, there are plenty of restaurants in Angels Camp. Below are some of our favorites!
Just down the road from Angels Camp, you’ll discover a beautiful, secluded hilltop inn. Our log lodge sits atop a hill that looks out over sweeping, breathtaking views of the San Joaquin Valley. We are in a fantastic location that provides a respite from city living while still being convenient to charming towns like Angels Camp and Murphys. As a guest of our inn, you can simply relax, whether it is through sipping wine at our daily happy hour or curling up in front of the inviting fireplace in our great room. If you’re looking to be more active, enjoy a game of tennis on our courts, or venture out to the caves and hikes in the area.
Our beautiful suites provide the perfect home base for your Sierra Foothills vacation. With an abundance of natural light and vaulted ceilings, each room has a light and airy feel to it. This is heightened by the fantastic views through the windows and sliding glass doors that lead to private outdoor decks. Take in the spectacular vistas as you gaze at the rolling beauty of the Sierra Foothills. Soak in your Jason MicroSilk Hydrotherapy tub. Drift off to sleep in a comfortable bed fitted with luxurious linens. In the morning, enjoy a complimentary multi-course gourmet breakfast, complete with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and specially prepared dishes made with organic and locally grown ingredients.
Treat yourself to an unforgettable vacation when you stay with us at Courtwood Inn.