Columbia is a great destination to take family and friends on day trips from the Bay Area. On the second Saturdays of every month you will experience the Gold Rush Days with special exhibits and docents in period attire.
Destination: O22 Route: Local Aircraft: N2395V - PA28-181 Transportation: Walk
We took off with two planes from San Carlos (KSQL) on a sunny Saturday morning.
Within an hour we landed at Columbia Airport (O22). There's a small FBO with affordable fuel and ice-cream which are a good choice for a snack on hot days before starting the short hike to downtown Columbia.
The trail to the Columbia State Historic Park begins from behind the FBO. Follow the red line on the map below. After walking for about 15 minutes you will arrive downtown Columbia.
On the second Saturdays of every month, from 1pm to 4pm you will experience the Gold Rush Days with special exhibits and people dressed with costumes from the gold rush. You can check the calendar of the city of Columbia before flying in to make sure the event is on.
One of the first stops is the Wells Fargo Building at the beginning of Main Street. Docents in period attire will explain you the origin of the bank and show you inside.
Walking downtown along Main Street you will see many people dressed with costumes from the gold rush.
There is an old-style bowling alley with wooden balls where you can play with your friends for free.
and an old brewery house.
The Columbia Gazette Office is closed but standing in front of it will make it a nice picture.
You can visit inside the Main Street Fire House where the old fire truck is parked.
Another tourist attraction of Columbia is the stagecoach ride. They will take you on a tour around the city and in the woods
where you may meet bandits asking you for fake money, so watch out!
If you like scones, I highly recommend Columbia Kate’s at the opposite end of Main Street. They offer a large variety of teas and among the best fresh scones in California, without exaggeration!
From Kate's you can follow a trail and walk uphill to the old Columbia school house. When we were there it was closed, but you could see the interiors from the windows.
Once you are done with your visit, you can walk back to Main Street and from there follow the trail back to the Airport. From the main road follow this sign that will take you to the trail to O22.