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Murphys is a small, historic town, often called "The Queen of the Sierras." Located about an hour's drive southeast of Sacramento in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Murphys takes you back in time to the days of the gold rush era. Many of the buildings in town date back to the mid 1800s, and have iron gates, stone walls and beautiful gardens tucked behind white picket fences. A pretty little steam with a bridge across it runs through town, and the tree-lined Main Street is full of interesting shops, galleries and good restaurants. Murphys is home to several fun-filled special events, such as the annual Calaveras Grape Stomp and Gold Rush Street Faire. The Murphys Homecoming is a 55-year-old event, usually held in July that combines an old-fashioned street faire with a reunion of residents who have moved out of the area. The first Friday in December brings the annual Murphys Christmas Open House and the old time Cornish legend of the "Tommyknockers," presented by Main Street merchants. Murphys is also just a short drive from the world-class ski resort of Bear Valley, and is situated between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park. Lodging varies from rustic to romantic. With an abundance of activities and things to see and do, Murphys is sure to have something for everyone in your family!

Surrounding areas: Hathaway Pines, California (6.0 mi), Angels Camp, California (7.6 mi), Arnold, California (9.7 mi), Sonora, California (11.4 mi), Twain Harte, California (13.7 mi), Dorrington, California (14.7 mi), Mi-Wuk Village, California (15.4 mi)

Murphys Vacation Rentals

Murphys Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Avery Hotel4573 Moran RdAvery, CA6.6 mi.(209) 795-9935
Angels Inn Motel600 N MainAngels Camp, CA6.8 mi.(209) 736-4192
Columbia Inn Motel22646 Broadway StColumbia, CA7.7 mi.(209) 533-0446
Wehe's Meadowmont Lodge2011 Hwy #4Arnold, CA9.8 mi.(209) 795-1394
Yellow Dog Inn1320 Pne Dr Pob 504Arnold, CA9.8 mi.(209) 795-1980
Sonora Gold Lodge480 W Stockton StSonora, CA11.5 mi.(209) 532-3952
Sonora Inn160 S Washington StSonora, CA11.5 mi.(209) 532-2400
Best Western Sonora Oaks19551 Hess AveSonora, CA12.8 mi.(209) 533-4400
Sonora Aladdin Motor Inn14260 Mono WaySonora, CA12.9 mi.(209) 533-4971
Historic National Hotel18183 Main StJamestown, CA13.0 mi.(209) 984-3446
Historic National HotelJamestown, CA13.0 mi.(209) 984-3446
Quality Inn-sonora18730 Hwy 108Jamestown, CA13.0 mi.(209) 984-0315
Wildwood Inn22960 MDW DrTwain Harte, CA13.9 mi.(209) 586-2900
Chinese Camp Store13750 Hwy 120 & 49Chinese Camp, CA18.6 mi.(209) 984-3117
Holiday Inn Express Hotel101 Clinton RdJackson, CA22.0 mi.(209) 257-1500
Best Western Amador Inn200 S Hwy 49Jackson, CA22.6 mi.(209) 223-0211
The Groveland Hotel18767 Main StGroveland, CA24.0 mi.(209) 962-4000
Buck Meadows Lodge Yosemite Westgate Motel7647 Hwy 120Groveland, CA24.1 mi.(209) 962-5281
Lee's Middle Fork Resort Motel11399 Cherry Oil RdGroveland, CA24.1 mi.(209) 962-7408
Sutter Creek Days Inn271 Hanford St Hwy 49Sutter Creek, CA25.8 mi.(209) 267-9177
Ione Hotel25 W Main StIone, CA30.0 mi.(209) 274-6082
Bed & Breakfast
Grey Gables Bed & BreakfastSutter Creek, CA25.8 mi.(209) 267-1039

Murphys Weather & Climate

The Sierra Nevada Foothills  region, or the "Mother Lode," as it is sometimes called, has four mild seasons. In fall, the leaves change and temperatures begin to drop. Winters receive lots of rain in November through March, and it is cool enough at night for a fire in the fireplace, but rarely does it ever snow in the foothills. Spring is very pleasant with showers sometimes continuing through April and May. Summers are hot, dry and sunny. The foothills region is usually a few degrees cooler than the lower valley regions in summer. Fog, which is often a problem at lower elevations in winter, occurs less frequently here. Many people from the Valley travel "above the fog" in the wintertime for a much-needed sunshine break. Thunderstorms can occur anytime in California, but they are very light and infrequent.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 44°F 28°F 10.77 in. -
February 45°F 28°F 9.94 in. -
March 48°F 30°F 9.02 in. -
April 55°F 33°F 4.14 in. -
May 64°F 39°F 2.18 in. -
June 74°F 46°F 0.74 in. -
July 81°F 52°F 0.28 in. -
August 80°F 51°F 0.22 in. -
September 74°F 47°F 1.07 in. -
October 63°F 40°F 3.14 in. -
November 50°F 32°F 6.47 in. -
December 44°F 28°F 7.45 in. -

Murphys Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Stockton Metropolitan airport (SCK) located about 46 miles west of Murphys in Stockton, California, the Castle airport (MER) located approximately 52 miles south of Murphys in Merced, California, the Sacramento Mather airport (MHR) located roughly 54 miles northwest of Murphys in Sacramento, California, and finally the Lake Tahoe airport (TVL) located around 57 miles northeast of Murphys in South Lake Tahoe, California.

Murphys Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
FunderwoodsLodiCA44.5 mi.
Tahoe Amusement ParkSouth Lake TahoeCA60.4 mi.
FunderlandSacramentoCA64.1 mi.
Pixieland ParkConcordCA86.5 mi.
Water Parks
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA38.3 mi.
Waterworld USASacramentoCA64.1 mi.
Waterworld USAConcordCA86.5 mi.
Raging WatersSan JoseCA96.2 mi.
Wild Water AdventuresClovisCA99.7 mi.
The Island Waterpark and Family Fun VillageFresnoCA103.2 mi.
Wild Island Family Adventure ParkSparksNV103.5 mi.
Golf Courses
Forest Meadows Golf CourseMurphysCA 
Greenhorn Creek Resort Golf CourseAngels CampCA7.6 mi.
Meadowmont Golf CourseArnoldCA9.3 mi.
Pine Meadow Public Golf CourseMartinezCA9.4 mi.
Mountain Springs Golf & Country ClubSonoraCA11.4 mi.
Phoenix Lake Golf CourseSonoraCA12.1 mi.
Twain Harte Golf ClubTwain HarteCA13.7 mi.
Saddle Creek Golf ClubCopperopolisCA15.0 mi.
La Contenta Golf ClubValley SpringsCA20.3 mi.
Mace Meadow Golf & Country ClubPioneerCA21.2 mi.
Pine Mountain Lake Country ClubGrovelandCA23.7 mi.
Castle Oaks Golf ClubIoneCA29.7 mi.
Ski Areas
Bear ValleyBear ValleyCA31.7 mi.
Dodge RidgePinecrestCA36.5 mi.
Kirkwood Ski ResortKirkwoodCA44.0 mi.
Sierra-at-TahoeTwin BridgesCA49.7 mi.
Heavenly Ski ResortSouth Lake TahoeCA60.3 mi.
Ski HomewoodHomewoodCA67.3 mi.
Squaw ValleyOlympic ValleyCA72.9 mi.
Alpine MeadowsTahoe CityCA73.3 mi.
June MountainJune LakeCA79.1 mi.
Diamond PeakIncline VillageNV81.1 mi.
Donner Ski RanchNordenCA81.6 mi.
Sugar Bowl TahoeNordenCA81.6 mi.
Northstar-at-TahoeTruckeeCA83.4 mi.
Tahoe DonnerTruckeeCA83.4 mi.
Mammoth MountainMammoth LakesCA87.6 mi.
Mount Rose Ski AreaRenoNV102.0 mi.
State Parks
Columbia Historic State ParkCA8.3 mi. 
Calaveras Big Trees State ParkCA13.0 mi. 
Turlock Lake State ParkCA36.6 mi. 
Great Valley Museum of Natural HistoryModestoCA45.5 mi.(Science)
Zoos and Aquariums
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA44.5 mi.
Sacramento ZooSacramentoCA64.1 mi.
Happy Hollow Park and ZooSan JoseCA96.2 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA98.0 mi.
The Oakland ZooOaklandCA101.7 mi.
Chaffee Zoological GardensFresnoCA103.2 mi.
San Francisco Zoological GardensSan FranciscoCA110.0 mi.
Steinhart AquariumSan FranciscoCA110.0 mi.

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