Destination guide

Nevada City is gold country

Bite those nuggets and ready the picks – Nevada City is one of the old hubs of the California Gold Rush. It's sat up in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada, encircled by steep hills of spear-like pine trees and babbling creeks where panners still search for gold. Charm oozes from the town center, where the rows of brick-built saloons and Wild West-era boutiques are on the National Register of Historic Places. Nevada City vacation rentals will let you channel your inner prospector with a timber hut in the hills, or get some R&R with spa lodges or cozy lakeside cabins.

Things to do

Nevada City is a Gold Rush town

Search for Nevada City vacation rentals in the beautiful Downtown Historic District if you really want to feel like one of the prospectors of yesteryear. It's a true "time-stood-still" sort of place, where honky-tonk saloons and old warehouses pepper Main Street, and relics like the South Yuba Canal Office mingle with elegant classic hotels. Then it's on to the natural side of things. Yes, Lake Tahoe is over the ranges, but why go there when you've got the South Yuba River State Park and the Empire Mine State Historic Park to explore on the doorstep?


Seek your fortune in Nevada City

Whether you're watching arthouse flicks in the September Nevada City Film Festival or parading the streets to see the local bluegrass acts in the Hot Summer Nights shindigs of July, it's likely the allure of the Californian mountains will be forever pressing. So, pull on the boots and pull up the hiking socks, trailheads beckon with the promise of the Sierra Nevada here, and babbling creeks offer fly fishing, whitewater rafting, and – of course – gold panning. Perhaps you'll even be able to pay the vacation off with the nuggets you find…


The nicer months in Nevada City

Nevada City's perch under the Sierra Nevada heralds a Californian mountain climate. That means plenty of summer sun and oodles of rainfall in the winter, not to mention a smattering of snow showers which intensify deeper into the Tahoe National Forest. The upshot is that Nevada City vacation rentals any time after May, and before the onset of winter in November, offer the perfect medley of warmth and rays to wander the historic districts and go panning for gold. And talking of gold, fall is truly wonderful here, as October ushers in rich reds and yellows to the forests.

Natural features

Between the woods and creeks in Nevada City

Nevada City is overlooked by the Sierra Nevada. The landscapes are truly wonderful, with dense forests of oak and fir and cedar switching from verdant green to ochre-red and orange with the changing from summer to fall. Creeks babble all around the town, too, living memories of the places where the miners of olden days would have searched for gold. The closest wilderness area is the South Yuba River State Park, with its plug-hole waterfalls and wheelchair-accessible Independence Trail for hikers.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Nevada City

Fly into Marysville, CA (MYV-Yuba County), the closest airport, located 31.4 mi (50.5 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Truckee, CA (TKF-Truckee Tahoe), which is 46.8 mi (75.4 km) away.

Where to stay around Nevada City?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 160 vacation rentals near Nevada City. From 86 Houses to 40 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Nevada City for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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

  • Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park: 148 vacation rentals
  • Tahoe National Forest Headquarters: 160 vacation rentals
  • Nevada City Chamber of Commerce: 162 vacation rentals
  • Nevada Theatre: 161 vacation rentals
  • Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum: 180 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Nevada City 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 Nevada City?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 86 Houses in Nevada City. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Nevada City include:

  • Cabins: 40 rentals available
  • Cottages: 40 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 40 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Nevada City?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 19 vacation rentals with pool available in Nevada City. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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