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Grass-Valley is a historic gold mining town nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains, between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. The town of Grass Valley dates back to the mid 1800s, and is in the area of the state known as "The Mother Lode," which is the site of the first gold discoveries in California. While here, you will want to visit the Empire Mine State Historic Park, which conducts daily tours of the mine yards, grounds, cottage and gardens. Grass Valley enjoys a unique way of life with a combination of small town charm, exceptional outdoor recreational opportunities and cultural events. This makes it a wonderful choice for a family vacation. You can take a guided white water rafting tour of the nearby American, Yuba and Truckee Rivers, go fishing, hiking, or camping. And in winter, Grass Valley has easy access to all the first class northern California ski resorts. With four distinct seasons, spring is also an especially popular time when people come to hike the hills that are covered with beautiful wildflowers! Grass Valley is also filled with antique shops, museums, art galleries, live theater and concerts. So, with its combination of history, culture and outdoors fun, it's no wonder Grass Valley makes the perfect vacation get-away!

Surrounding areas: Nevada City, California (3.6 mi), Lake Wildwood, California (7.8 mi), Alta, California (13.3 mi), Baxter, California (14.9 mi), Foresthill, California (18.9 mi), Auburn, California (22.2 mi), Georgetown, California (24.6 mi)

Grass Valley Vacation Rentals

Grass Valley Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Coach N' Four Motel628 S Auburn StGrass Valley, CA (530) 273-8009
Gold Miners Inn/Holiday Inn Express Hotel121 Bank StGrass Valley, CA (530) 477-1700
Holiday Lodge1221 E Main StGrass Valley, CA (530) 273-4406
Stage Coach Motel405 S AuburnGrass Valley, CA (530) 272-3701
Northern Queen Inn400 Railroad AveNevada City, CA3.4 mi.(530) 265-5824
Best Western Golden Key Motel13450 Lincoln WayAuburn, CA20.2 mi.(530) 885-8611
Comfort Inn Central1875 Auburn Ravine RdAuburn, CA20.4 mi.(530) 885-1800
Holiday Inn Auburn120 Grass Valley HwyAuburn, CA21.9 mi.(530) 887-8787
Amerihost Inn Marysville1111 N Beale RdMarysville, CA28.3 mi.(530) 742-2700
Oxbow Motel1078 N Beale RdMarysville, CA28.4 mi.(530) 742-8238
Comfort Suites1034 N Beale RdMarysville, CA28.5 mi.(530) 742-9200
Econo Lodge721 10TH StMarysville, CA29.2 mi.(530) 742-8586

Grass Valley Weather & Climate

The Gold Rush Country in the Sierra Nevada foothills of northern California enjoys four seasons. Although not as pronounced as the seasons in the eastern U.S., they are distinct. Summers are warm and dry, with pleasant temperatures and not the extreme heat of the lower valley regions. Autumn has mild days and crisp, cool nights and the leaves take on the hues of gold, yellow and purple. Winters are mild during the day with cold temperatures at night. Occasionally snow falls at these elevations, but rarely sticks for more than a few hours. Cool rainy days are the normal winter weather pattern, with the rainy season running November through March. Spring is delightful as the days lengthen and wildflowers spread over the hills.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 52°F 31°F 9.86 in. -
February 55°F 33°F 9.21 in. -
March 56°F 35°F 8.52 in. -
April 62°F 39°F 3.69 in. -
May 70°F 44°F 1.97 in. -
June 79°F 50°F 0.62 in. -
July 86°F 55°F 0.18 in. -
August 86°F 54°F 0.23 in. -
September 81°F 49°F 1.10 in. -
October 71°F 42°F 2.72 in. -
November 58°F 35°F 7.08 in. -
December 53°F 31°F 7.89 in. -

Grass Valley Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Mc Clellan Airfield (MCC) located about 42 miles southwest of Grass Valley in Sacramento, California, the Sacramento International airport (SMF) located approximately 46 miles southwest of Grass Valley in Sacramento, California, the Sacramento Mather airport (MHR) located roughly 47 miles southwest of Grass Valley in Sacramento, California, and finally the Truckee Tahoe airport (TRK) located around 49 miles east of Grass Valley in Truckee, California.

Grass Valley Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
FunderlandSacramentoCA49.9 mi.
Tahoe Amusement ParkSouth Lake TahoeCA61.0 mi.
Playland ParkRenoNV69.9 mi.
Wild IslandSparksNV73.1 mi.
FunderwoodsLodiCA76.1 mi.
Water Parks
Waterworld USASacramentoCA49.9 mi.
Wild Island Family Adventure ParkSparksNV73.1 mi.
Waterworld USAConcordCA100.5 mi.
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA110.2 mi.
Waterworks ParkReddingCA118.0 mi.
Golf Courses
Alta Sierra Country ClubGrass ValleyCA 
Nevada County Country ClubGrass ValleyCA 
Black Oak Golf CourseAuburnCA17.4 mi.
Course at Raspberry HillAuburnCA22.2 mi.
DarkHorseAuburnCA22.2 mi.
DarkHorse Golf ClubAuburnCA22.2 mi.
Ridge Golf CourseAuburnCA22.2 mi.
Catta Verdera Golf ClubLincolnCA25.9 mi.
Lincoln Hills ClubLincolnCA25.9 mi.
Turkey Creek Golf ClubLincolnCA25.9 mi.
Plumas Lake Golf & Country ClubMarysvilleCA29.0 mi.
Indian Creek Country ClubLoomisCA29.6 mi.
Ski Areas
Donner Ski RanchNordenCA38.2 mi.
Sugar Bowl TahoeNordenCA38.2 mi.
Squaw ValleyOlympic ValleyCA46.3 mi.
Northstar-at-TahoeTruckeeCA47.5 mi.
Tahoe DonnerTruckeeCA47.5 mi.
Ski HomewoodHomewoodCA49.0 mi.
Alpine MeadowsTahoe CityCA49.4 mi.
Sierra-at-TahoeTwin BridgesCA57.6 mi.
Diamond PeakIncline VillageNV58.2 mi.
Heavenly Ski ResortSouth Lake TahoeCA61.2 mi.
Kirkwood Ski ResortKirkwoodCA63.9 mi.
Mount Rose Ski AreaRenoNV69.9 mi.
Bear ValleyBear ValleyCA75.7 mi.
Dodge RidgePinecrestCA91.2 mi.
State Parks
Gold Discovery Site State ParkCA30.4 mi. 
Mormon Island Wetlands State ParkCA36.7 mi. 
Negro Bar State ParkCA38.5 mi. 
Emigrant Trail MuseumTruckeeCA47.5 mi.(History)
Crocker Art MuseumSacramentoCA49.9 mi.(Art)
Golden State MuseumSacramentoCA49.9 mi.(History)
Portola Railroad MuseumPortolaCA51.6 mi.(Technology)
Zoos and Aquariums
Sacramento ZooSacramentoCA49.9 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA76.1 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA100.5 mi.
The Oakland ZooOaklandCA117.7 mi.

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