Historic Volcano Tour Destinations
Discover the Old West on the main streets of Amador County as you walk through historic gold mining towns.
Visit Historic Volcano
This classic old west town is named for its setting in a bowl-shaped valley which early miners thought was caused by a volcano.
The early morning fog rising from the valley floor only reinforced that belief. Barely 130 people live in Volcano today.
Volcano was a rip-roaring gold town with more than 5,000 inhabitants. Nearly $100 million was extracted from the area.
Because there were many Southern sympathizers during the civil war, a cannon was brought to Volcano to protect outgoing gold shipments to the Union side. It remains on display a few feet where no firing ever happened.
St. George Hotel
The landmark St. George Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
While some guests may prefer to stay in the more modern rooms of the annex, the original architecture and ambiance of the main building will offer guests a feeling of serenity and simpler times. Depending on who you talk to, it is rumored that ghosts roam the second and third floor of the hotel, with one room specifically being haunted. The lovely and magical grounds of the St. George are a joy in every season.
The main floor of the St. George Hotel has 3 sections: The “Parlor” with 12-foot ceilings and a grand fireplace; The “Dining Room” home to some of the finest food in the County; and The “Whiskey Flat Saloon” which was added to the main structure in the 1930’s and is a great place to have a drink, explore the bar memorabilia on the walls, and meet the locals.
Black Chasm Cavern
Black Chasm Cavern is a National Natural Landmark open year-round.
Black Chasm Cavern was designated a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service in 1976 after being recommended by local members of the National Speleological Society, and as such is considered a “nationally significant natural area.”
Visitors to the cave are enchanted by the beauty of a wide variety of formations including stalactites, stalagmites, flow-stones and the vast arrays of rare helictite crystals, for which Black Chasm Cavern is justly famous.
On the 50-minute guided walking tour, descend a series of stairs and walkways that loop around the formation covered caverns walls. Here, flowstone interspersed with stalactites, draperies and helictites compete for space above the stairways.
50-minute guided walking tours.
McLaughlin’s Daffodil Hill is a multi-generational project which has it’s origin in a family garden dating from the late 1800’s. Today it has become a full scale tourist destination attracting thousands annually to this beautiful site near Volcano.Daffodil Hill is in a beautiful alpine setting at an elevation of over 3,000 feet. With pine trees, an old barn, wagon wheels, and rusting mining equipment and farming tools, it appeals to anyone with a love of nature. Flowers are everywhere, with pea-fowl, chickens, pigeons and lambs making themselves at home.
Approximately 7 acres of the 540 acre Daffodil Hill ranch is dedicated to daffodils. It features as many as 300 varieties and, if the weather cooperates, in excess of 400,000 annual blooms. The number of bulbs planted each year depends, in large part, upon the donations received from welcome guests. There is no admission charge or parking fee to visit the family ranch, but they do have yellow teakettles and pots around so that anyone, if they desire, may donate to the project.Nature sets the schedule for public viewing. Daffodil Hill opens when 25 percent of the flowers are in bloom and closes when only 25 percent remain.
Open daily during blooming season – Typically Mid-March thru mid-April – 10am to 4pm.
Ghost Trails Cemetery Hunt
You are invited to take a trip back in time on the ghost trails adventure!
Go on a scavenger hunt through the historic Pine Grove, Aqueduct and Volcano cemeteries. Use your map to find specific cemeteries on the adventure and the headstones that match people in the short stories of pioneers, their journey west and settling in Amador County. Packets are $10 each, available at the ACRA office.
This is a great family activity!
Volcano Union Inn and Pub
Volcano Union Inn and Pub is an 1880s saloon and boarding house reborn as a California Pub and Four-Room Bed and Breakfast.
The Union was built in 1880 by four itinerate French Canadians for $400.
It was a boarding house for hard-working miners and locals until the 1920’s.
It enjoyed a brief reawakening in the 1950’s, and finally it was restored into a lovely destination in 2000 by the David/Burney Family.
Since 2009 The Union has become a lively locals hangout and visitors delightful discovery.
Offering fresh seasonal pub food, four comfortable and modern guest rooms and special event space.
Ready for some fun in one of the Gold Country’s charming old west towns? It’s Volcano for you!
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Visit Amador’s Shenandoah Valley
This wonderful California region took flight during the Gold Rush of the 1850s.
As fortune seekers, many of them European, flocked to the Sierras to prospect for gold, small wineries arose to help slake their thirst.
Within a few decades, there were over 100 wineries in the area known as the Mother Lode, more than any other region of California.
Some of the vineyards planted during that era survive to this day.
Many are drawn by the region’s rolling, sun-drenched hillsides, warm daytime temperatures, and volcanic, decomposed granite soils, ideal conditions for producing top-quality wine grapes. When their robustly flavored wines, especially zinfandel, began attracting the attention of wine lovers throughout California and the U.S., the historic Sierra Foothills wine region was born.
The wines produced from the vineyards in the Shenandoah Valley, home to some of the oldest vines in California and are renowned for their intense fruit and deep color.
We charge an hourly rate per vehicle, not per person.
Look no further for the Best Amador Wine Tour and Old West Gold Country Tours in Amador County and The Shenandoah Valley.