Destination guide

Discover historic Placerville in northern California

The county seat of California's El Dorado County, Placerville offers the ideal setting between the big city attractions of Sacramento and the vast open spaces of the Sierra Nevada. A vacation here doesn't mean always having to explore elsewhere, though. This tiny town is home to an array of historic highlights, not least the site of the Pony Express and Plumado House, an 1860 home partly crafted from hand-carved lava. Throw a handful of museums and wineries into the mix and there's little wonder why so many travelers opt for a stay in a Placerville vacation rental.

Things to do

Visit museums and wineries in Placerville

Hungry for more history? Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and located inside an original soda works dating to 1852, the Fountain-Tallman Museum features a fascinating collection of exhibits dedicated to early Placerville. And when it's time to dial things down, there's no better place to enjoy a little downtime than at one of the area's wineries and historic vineyards. You'll find Fenton Herriott Vineyards and Chateau Davell Winery are within a few minutes' drive of most Placerville vacation rentals. Apart from major holidays, these tasting rooms serve up the good stuff daily.

Activities

Explore historic downtown Placerville

If you've nabbed a Placerville vacation rental in the city's 19th-century downtown district, you'll find an array of cultural attractions on your doorstep. A self-guided walking tour of historic Main Street can be a great way to get a feel for the area, taking in sights such as the oldest hardware store west of Mississippi and the former Empire Theater, now home to a store filled to bursting with antique delights. Along the way, browse for souvenirs at the unique specialty stores or time your visit to coincide with the popular Bell Tower Brewfest, held annually in June.

Weather

Placerville is a 4-season hotspot

If you're planning a summer vacation during July and August, you can expect the temperatures in Placerville to soar into the 90s. June and September aren't that much different, so if you prefer things a little less sweltering, the somewhat cooler March, April, and October are probably a good bet. Even in winter, it rarely gets unbearably cold in these parts, although rainy days are all but guaranteed. In fact, it's the winter months of December through February that draw the crowds keen to strap on their skis and take to the powdery slopes of the nearby mountains.

Natural features

Discover parks and wilderness areas near Placerville

Placerville may be small as cities go but it's not short of a glorious green space. Gold Bug Park offers 2 miles of hiking trails amid its more than 60 acres. In the spring, you'll find the park carpeted with wildflowers, although any time of year presents travelers with the opportunity to explore the historic Gold Bug Mine. Those who prefer their green spaces a little more rustic can head to the Sierra Nevada to the east of the city. With 3 national parks, 20 wilderness areas, and attractions such as Lake Tahoe, nature enthusiasts will be in their element.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Placerville

Fly into Sacramento, CA (SMF-Sacramento Intl.), the closest airport, located 42.7 mi (68.8 km) from the city center.

Can I find a vacation rental around Placerville?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 111 vacation rentals near Placerville. From 59 Houses to 23 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Placerville for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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

  • El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce: 120 vacation rentals
  • Red Hawk Casino: 156 vacation rentals
  • Hangtown's Gold Bug Park and Mine: 138 vacation rentals
  • Placerville Speedway: 138 vacation rentals
  • Placerville Historical Museum: 120 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Placerville 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 Placerville?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 59 Houses in Placerville. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Placerville include:

  • Cabins: 23 rentals available
  • Cottages: 23 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 23 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Placerville?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 18 vacation rentals with pool available in Placerville. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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