What's the attraction: The town of Folsom should be on the must-see list of anyone interested in California's history. It started life as Granite City during the Gold Rush. It was later renamed after its founder, Joseph Libbey Folsom. Along with a historic downtown full of antique shops, boutiques, art galleries and restaurants, Folsom is home to a few unique historic sites.
Folsom Prison: In 1968, Johnny Cash visited Folsom Prison, where he performed his song "Folsom Prison Blues" for a number of inmates. It's also been home to some famous inmates, including Charles Manson, since it was opened in 1880. Land for the prison was donated by the Livermore family, in exchange for prison labor in the building of their powerhouse.