Destination guide

Step back in time to the California Gold Rush era

Jamestown is a former California Gold Rush town, now turned California Historical Landmark. Explore it's feverish prospecting past by walking the Victorian-era streets or seeking out your own treasure by going gold panning. Check out the 19th-century steam locomotives or even become part of the crew for the day. Saddle up to an authentic saloon, where you can order up a whiskey, or just stick with that delicious California wine. Add in 264 days of sunshine, hiking, wildlife and a trout hatchery, and it's no wonder Jamestown vacation rentals tend to book up quickly.

Things to do

I think I can, I think I can. Yes, you can drive a train.

Don’t just pass by the National Hotel & Restaurant established in 1859, go on in and sit a spell, while taking in the authentic architecture and the Gold Rush-era decor. See the restored 1898 Jamestown Jail, have a quaint picnic in Rocca Park, or check out the steam-driven locomotives at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, where you can even be part of the hands-on engine or fire crew for the day. With so many historical attractions and things to do, it's no wonder Jamestown vacation rentals are so popular, especially with visitors still seeking their fortunes. Good luck!


Staking a claim on old-fashioned Gold Fever fun

Every good forty-niner searches endlessly for his treasure, so what would a trip a to Jamestown be without trying your luck? If you don’t hit pay dirt at the casino, maybe a gold panning adventure will produce your bonanza. Meander along historic Main Street where you’ll come across Victorian architecture, antique shops, galleries and old-fashioned mercantiles. Take a seasonal 45-minute ride on a diesel locomotive or a historic steam train, where you’ll pass by the Petticoat Junction water tower from the 1960s TV show. End the day a saloon-style bar or enjoy an evening of California wine tasting. Cheers!


4 seasons weather with 264 days of sunshine, eureka!

Scoring 264 sunny days annually, Jamestown sports an average temperature of 93°F in July, while hitting about 35° in January, so bring your parka if you're visiting in winter. And maybe some gloves. The town receives just over the yearly average rainfall in the US at 41 inches, and accumulates a bit more than 2 feet of snow during the cold season. The best time of year to visit is during the spring and fall and you’ll get the added bonus of finding a Jamestown vacation rental at lower rates.

Natural features

A treasured leftover nugget from the Gold Rush era

With a population of under 3,500 residents, Jamestown is situated 59 miles east of Stockton, CA. You can hike the Table Mountain Trail where you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with panoramic views of Jamestown and nearby New Melones, along with an assortment of wildflowers in the springtime. Rose Wolf Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in nearby Sonora gets you up-close-and-personal with the likes of fawns, baby raccoons and even adorable little foxes. Or take a tour at Moccasin Creek Hatchery, where you'll see shiny rainbow trout.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Jamestown

Fly into Modesto, CA (MOD-Modesto City - County), the closest airport, located 36.7 mi (59.1 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Mariposa, CA (RMY-Mariposa-Yosemite), which is 37.2 mi (59.8 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Jamestown?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 659 vacation rentals near Jamestown. From 324 Houses to 17 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Jamestown for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Jamestown?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Jamestown. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Railtown 1897 State Historic Park: 490 vacation rentals
  • Sierra Conservation Center: 352 vacation rentals
  • Gianelli Vineyards: 490 vacation rentals
  • Pine Mountain Lake Marina: 208 vacation rentals
  • Lake McClure Bagby Recreation Area: 340 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Jamestown listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Jamestown?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 324 Houses in Jamestown. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Jamestown include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 17 rentals available
  • Villas: 2 rentals available
  • Cabins: 243 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Jamestown?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 381 vacation rentals with pool available in Jamestown. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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