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Placerville is a gold rush town that got its unique name from the "placer" gold deposits found in the riverbeds and hills surrounding the town in the late 1840s. It's located northeast of Sacramento, near Lake Tahoe, along Highway 50 in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. Placerville a clean, picturesque city with a very historic downtown area, (also called "Hangtown.") History buffs will enjoy taking a walking tour of the town, where landmarks such as the Bell Tower are on display. The Bell, placed in the tower in the plaza in 1865, was used as an alarm system to call out the firefighters. Today, the Bell Tower serves as a gathering place for parades celebrations and other Historic Main Street events. The city of Placerville also owns and operates the Gold Bug Mine, the only gold mine in California still in operation. For outdoor recreation, Placerville has an ideal location, right where the Sierra Nevada hills begin to turn into mountains. The nearby American River and El Dorado National Forest offer canoeing and river rafting, fishing and boating, hiking, biking and horseback riding opportunities. Placerville is centrally located to many area attractions such as Apple Hill Ranches, historic Coloma, which was the site of the first gold discovery in the state, and Lake Tahoe.

Surrounding areas: Cold Springs, California (4.0 mi), Somerset, California (8.3 mi), Pollock Pines, California (11.6 mi), Georgetown, California (12.4 mi), Auburn, California (18.9 mi), Foresthill, California (20.1 mi), Loomis, California (22.1 mi)

Placerville Vacation Rentals

Placerville Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Placerville Inn6850 Greenleaf DrPlacerville, CA (530) 622-9100
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites4360 Town Center BlvdEl Dorado Hills, CA15.6 mi.(866) 833-8773
Shenandoah Inn17674 VLG DrPlymouth, CA17.3 mi.(209) 245-4491
Folsom Courtyard2575 Iron Point RdFolsom, CA18.2 mi.(916) 984-7624
Residence Inn Sacramento Folsom2555 Iron Point RdFolsom, CA18.3 mi.(916) 983-7289
Pinnacle At Blue Ravine1005 Blue Ravine RdFolsom, CA18.8 mi.(916) 984-8077
Holiday Inn Auburn120 Grass Valley HwyAuburn, CA19.1 mi.(530) 887-8787
Ashton Place885 Halidon WayFolsom, CA19.3 mi.(916) 984-8400
Best Western Golden Key Motel13450 Lincoln WayAuburn, CA19.5 mi.(530) 885-8611
Comfort Inn Central1875 Auburn Ravine RdAuburn, CA19.5 mi.(530) 885-1800
Overlook At Blue Ravine1200 Creekside DrFolsom, CA19.6 mi.(916) 983-8338
Oakwood Worldwide At Folsom Ranch1000 Folsom RNCH DrFolsom, CA20.7 mi.(800) 483-1335
Oakwood Worldwide At Lake Ridge2400 Natoma Sta DrFolsom, CA20.7 mi.(800) 483-1335
Lake Natoma Inn702 Gold Lake DrFolsom, CA20.9 mi.(916) 351-1500
Hilton Garden Inn Folsom221 Iron Point RdFolsom, CA21.9 mi.(916) 353-1717
Larkspur Landing Home Suite Hotel121 Iron Point RdFolsom, CA21.9 mi.(916) 355-1616
Oakwood Worldwide At Shaliko5051 El Don DrRocklin, CA22.5 mi.(800) 483-1335
Days Inn Rocklin4515 Granite DrRocklin, CA23.2 mi.(916) 632-0101
Heritage Inn Express4480 Rocklin RdRocklin, CA23.3 mi.(916) 632-3366
Sutter Creek Days Inn271 Hanford St Hwy 49Sutter Creek, CA23.3 mi.(209) 267-9177
First Choice Inns Hotel4420 Rocklin RdRocklin, CA23.4 mi.(916) 624-4500
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites1398 E RosevilleRoseville, CA23.6 mi.(916) 774-6060
Rocklin Park Hotel5450 China GDN RdRocklin, CA23.9 mi.(916) 630-9400
Slate Creek At Johnson Ranch1751 E Roseville PkwyRoseville, CA24.0 mi.(916) 773-5525
Courtyard By Marriott1920 Taylor RdRoseville, CA24.8 mi.(916) 772-9555
Fairfield Inn By Marriott1910 Taylor RdRoseville, CA24.8 mi.(916) 772-3500
Hilton Garden Inn Roseville1951 Taylor RdRoseville, CA24.8 mi.(916) 773-7171
Larkspur Landing1931 Taylor RdRoseville, CA24.8 mi.(916) 773-1717
Residence Inn1930 Taylor RdRoseville, CA24.8 mi.(916) 772-5500
Oakwood Worldwide At Rocklin Gold2651 Sunset BlvdRocklin, CA25.0 mi.(800) 483-1335
Cobble Oaks12155 Tributary Point RdGold River, CA25.2 mi.(916) 351-1133
Oxford Suites130 N Sunrise AveRoseville, CA25.2 mi.(916) 784-2222
Extended Stay America1000 Lead Hill RdRoseville, CA25.3 mi.(916) 781-9001
Comfort Suites6830 Five Star BlvdRocklin, CA25.5 mi.(916) 315-1300
Best Western Roseville Inn220 Harding BlvdRoseville, CA25.5 mi.(916) 782-4434
Oakwood Worldwide At Emerald Pointe101 Gold CirRocklin, CA25.6 mi.(800) 483-1335
Oakwood Worldwide At The Meridian2121 Sunset BlvdRocklin, CA25.8 mi.(800) 483-1335
Sunset Summit Apartments2151 Sunset BlvdRocklin, CA25.8 mi.(916) 624-9044
Best Western Amador Inn200 S Hwy 49Jackson, CA26.4 mi.(209) 223-0211
Courtyard By Marriott II - Galleria Mall301 Creekside Ridge CtRoseville, CA26.4 mi.(916) 772-3404
Bed & Breakfast
Grey Gables Bed & BreakfastSutter Creek, CA23.3 mi.(209) 267-1039

Placerville Weather & Climate

The foothills region of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, in Northeastern California, enjoys warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Many people are surprised to find such a marked change of seasons at this elevation, but leaves change and temperatures drop as the rainy season begins in fall. This area receives lots of rain November through March and it begins to taper off in spring. Snow is possible, but rare. Summers are hot and dry with sunshine almost every day. Fog is sometimes a problem in winter, although not as common as in the lower elevations. Thunderstorms are rare, but can happen any time of the year. As you move higher into the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the seasons are even more distinct and snow can become quite deep in winter.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 57°F 33°F 7.47 in. -
February 60°F 35°F 6.62 in. -
March 63°F 38°F 6.03 in. -
April 68°F 41°F 2.84 in. -
May 76°F 46°F 1.56 in. -
June 86°F 52°F 0.45 in. -
July 93°F 57°F 0.18 in. -
August 93°F 57°F 0.15 in. -
September 87°F 53°F 0.94 in. -
October 77°F 45°F 2.12 in. -
November 63°F 37°F 4.91 in. -
December 57°F 32°F 5.48 in. -

Placerville Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Sacramento Mather airport (MHR) located about 29 miles west of Placerville in Sacramento, California, the Mc Clellan Airfield (MCC) located approximately 32 miles west of Placerville in Sacramento, California, Lincoln Regional Karl Harder Field (LHM) located roughly 32 miles northwest of Placerville in Lincoln, California, and finally the Sacramento Executive airport (SAC) located around 40 miles west of Placerville in Sacramento, California.

Placerville Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
FunderlandSacramentoCA38.9 mi.
Tahoe Amusement ParkSouth Lake TahoeCA46.0 mi.
FunderwoodsLodiCA48.7 mi.
Playland ParkRenoNV76.4 mi.
Wild IslandSparksNV79.0 mi.
Pixieland ParkConcordCA84.6 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA90.0 mi.
Water Parks
Waterworld USASacramentoCA38.9 mi.
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA75.2 mi.
Wild Island Family Adventure ParkSparksNV79.0 mi.
Waterworld USAConcordCA84.6 mi.
Raging WatersSan JoseCA113.1 mi.
Golf Courses
Sierra Golf CoursePlacervilleCA 
Apple Mountain Golf ResortCaminoCA6.9 mi.
El Dorado Hills Golf CourseEl Dorado HillsCA15.4 mi.
Course at Raspberry HillAuburnCA18.9 mi.
DarkHorseAuburnCA18.9 mi.
DarkHorse Golf ClubAuburnCA18.9 mi.
Ridge Golf CourseAuburnCA18.9 mi.
Empire Ranch Golf ClubFolsomCA20.5 mi.
Folsom Lake Golf CourseFolsomCA20.5 mi.
Indian Creek Country ClubLoomisCA21.6 mi.
Black Oak Golf CourseAuburnCA22.2 mi.
Whitney Oaks Golf ClubRocklinCA23.7 mi.
Mace Meadow Golf & Country ClubPioneerCA23.9 mi.
Diamond Oaks Municipal Golf CourseRosevilleCA26.5 mi.
Castle Oaks Golf ClubIoneCA27.2 mi.
Antelope Greens Golf CourseAntelopeCA28.3 mi.
Foothill Golf CenterSacramentoCA28.4 mi.
Catta Verdera Golf ClubLincolnCA28.7 mi.
Lincoln Hills ClubLincolnCA28.7 mi.
Turkey Creek Golf ClubLincolnCA28.7 mi.
Ancil Hoffman Golf CourseCarmichaelCA29.4 mi.
Ski Areas
Sierra-at-TahoeTwin BridgesCA36.8 mi.
Kirkwood Ski ResortKirkwoodCA39.2 mi.
Ski HomewoodHomewoodCA42.3 mi.
Squaw ValleyOlympic ValleyCA44.7 mi.
Bear ValleyBear ValleyCA44.9 mi.
Heavenly Ski ResortSouth Lake TahoeCA46.1 mi.
Alpine MeadowsTahoe CityCA46.8 mi.
Donner Ski RanchNordenCA47.1 mi.
Sugar Bowl TahoeNordenCA47.1 mi.
Northstar-at-TahoeTruckeeCA52.9 mi.
Tahoe DonnerTruckeeCA52.9 mi.
Diamond PeakIncline VillageNV57.1 mi.
Dodge RidgePinecrestCA60.0 mi.
Mount Rose Ski AreaRenoNV76.4 mi.
June MountainJune LakeCA114.2 mi.
State Parks
Gold Discovery Site State ParkCA7.0 mi. 
Mormon Island Wetlands State ParkCA17.1 mi. 
Negro Bar State ParkCA21.0 mi. 
Crocker Art MuseumSacramentoCA38.9 mi.(Art)
Golden State MuseumSacramentoCA38.9 mi.(History)
Emigrant Trail MuseumTruckeeCA52.9 mi.(History)
Genoa Courthouse MuseumGenoaNV54.6 mi.(History)
Carson Valley Museum and Cultural CenterGardnervilleNV58.3 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Sacramento ZooSacramentoCA38.9 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA48.7 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA90.0 mi.
The Oakland ZooOaklandCA102.3 mi.
San Francisco Zoological GardensSan FranciscoCA109.9 mi.
Steinhart AquariumSan FranciscoCA109.9 mi.
Happy Hollow Park and ZooSan JoseCA113.1 mi.

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