El Dorado County Information

Where to go in El Dorado County

COLOMA — Halfway between Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe, roaring deep in the canyons of El Dorado County's rugged western slope, the American River rolls on, little-changed from how it was 150 years ago. Back on January 24, 1848, while examining the tailrace of a remote lumber mill on said river, John Marshall glimpsed the first shiny flakes of metal that started the fever we know today as the Gold Rush of 1849. Now a State Park, Coloma captures the imagination of both children and adults.

  • Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Demonstrations
  • Swimming
  • White-water Rafting
  • Free Day Tours & Historical Movies
  • Shops
  • Restaurants

DIRECTIONS — Just 30 minutes east from Rancho Cordova on Highway 50 to Placerville, then north on Highway 49 (Canal Street) eight miles to Coloma.


PLACERVILLE - Placerville is a charming California "gold rush" town named after the placer gold deposits found in it's river beds and hills in the late 1840’s. The City of Placerville is centrally located between Sacramento, the State capitol, and South Lake Tahoe, world-famous recreation center. Situated above the fog line and below the snow line, Placerville boasts an ideal climate with four distinct seasons. Placerville’s treasured heritage is reflected in the historical, nineteenth century architecture of it's downtown core. In addition, Placerville is the County seat and the center of financial, commercial, civic, and Government activity.

  • Wineries
  • Gold Mines
  • Historic Town
  • Shops
  • Restaurants
Directions - Centrally located in the Sierra Nevada foothills between the Sacramento valley and Lake Tahoe basin, Placerville is a popular locale situated just off Highways 50 & 49.


SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Mark Twain loved to fish. He said so his own self. And the first time he ever visited Lake Tahoe, California, he marveled at how cold and crystal clear the water was. And how every day he would cast his line and watch thousands of trout 200 feet below him swim right up to his baited hook "as clearly as if they were no more'n three feet away. Then swim off."

In spite of our favorite author's experience, if you like excitement, Lake Tahoe is not just the Premier Resort Spot in El Dorado County, but one of the top spots in all of North America.

  • Golf
  • Skiing
  • Nightlife
  • Casino gambling (Nevada side)
  • World-class shows
  • Boating
  • Lodging everywhere
  • Restaurants
  • Lake tours
  • Camping
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Horseback riding
  • Hiking
  • Beautiful homes for sale

DIRECTIONS — From Sacramento, take Highway 50 East through Placerville. If you're coming from Reno, follow Highway 395 South to Carson City, Nevada, then pick up Highway 50 West to South Lake Tahoe.

APPLE HILL — The harvest season was made for places like Apple Hill in Placerville. Especially if you like buying things to make a home autumn-cozy. More apples, pies, pumpkins, and apple-themed products than the average husband and father could ever stand. Something for everyone. A great family outing!

  • Every kind of apple you can imagine
  • Pies and baked goods
  • Pumpkin patches
  • Horseback rides
  • Jewelry
  • Wineries
  • Picnicking
  • Food
  • Golfing
  • Christmas Tree Farms

DIRECTIONS — From Highway 50 in Placerville, go North on Schnell School Road and Right on Carson Road. Coming from the East, take the Carson Road exit in Camino. Free maps are available as guides to all orchards and wineries.