Destination guide

Seeing the Sierra Nevada at El Dorado Hills

Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, El Dorado Hills first drew visitors during the gold rush. Today, most visitors choose an El Dorado Hills vacation rental to explore California's state capital, Sacramento, or as a gateway to exploring the scenic trails of the El Dorado National Forest. Nearby Lake Folsom offers great fishing, boating and wildlife spotting opportunities. Here, you can pick up the 32-mile long bicycle path of the American River Bike Trail which connects the lake with Old Sacramento. Here, you'll discover the shops, restaurants, trails and museums that make up this National Historic Landmark District and State Historic Park alongside the Sacramento River.

Things to do

Family days out in El Dorado Hills

It is still possible to hunt for gold near El Dorado Hills today – although visitors will need to head to the historic mine and museum at neighboring Placerville, a 30-minute drive from your El Dorado Hills vacation rental. This family-friendly day out allows your little adventurers to explore the caves and caverns as well as visit the blacksmith shop and stamp mill. Folsom offers another family-friendly day out at the small but welcoming Folsom City Zoo. See the animals, then take a ride on the miniature-scale steam trains that run through the park on the Folsom Valley Railway.

Activities

Shopping and sightseeing in El Dorado Hills

El Dorado Hills Town Center development offers fabulous shopping and dining choices on the doorstep of your El Dorado Hills vacation rental. It's home to major name brands, varied restaurants, a cinema and fun seasonal events. For a shopping trip with a difference, head to neighboring Folsom. Among its historic local shops and restaurants, you'll discover the Pioneer Village, Railroad Museum and Power House Museum. There are hiking and biking trails to explore, seasonal events to enjoy, as well as the stalls of the local farmers' market to leisurely browse.

Weather

Hot summers in El Dorado Hills

Winters in El Dorado Hills are relatively mild, but the summers here can get hot. During the sunny summer months, high temperatures can push into the 90s. This is the time to choose an El Dorado Hills vacation rental with its own private pool. Or head to Folsom Lake, just 10 minutes from many El Dorado Hills vacation rentals, to picnic by the shady lakeshore or at the lakeside beaches. Visitors to the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area are welcome to use the water for kayaking, water skiing and boating, with the lake always popular during the spring and summer months.

Natural features

Get outdoors in El Dorado Hills

As it's a growing neighborhood within Sacramento's commuter belt, you can choose from quiet, secluded family homes nestled among redwood trees and sprawling properties with private pools as your El Dorado Hills vacation rental. But this area also has many peaceful trails to explore. From the lakeside trails at Lake Natoma and the Mississippi Bar to the challenging mountain hikes of the Eldorado National Forest, El Dorado Hills vacation rentals are surrounded by plenty of outdoor adventure possibilities. An hour to the east, Eldorado National Forest sprawls across the Sierra Nevada to the vast, pristine waters of Lake Tahoe, offering diverse landscapes, scenic byways and wonderful wildlife adventures.

How to get there

Transportation to and around El Dorado Hills

Fly into Sacramento, CA (SMF-Sacramento Intl.), the closest airport, located 28.7 mi (46.2 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around El Dorado Hills?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 398 vacation rentals near El Dorado Hills. From 258 Houses to 37 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near El Dorado Hills for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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

  • Sacramento State Aquatic Center: 306 vacation rentals
  • Murieta Equestrian Center: 194 vacation rentals
  • Jackson Rancheria Casino: 78 vacation rentals
  • Granite Bay Beach: 221 vacation rentals
  • Folsom Lake State Recreation Area: 222 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around El Dorado Hills 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 El Dorado Hills?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 258 Houses in El Dorado Hills. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in El Dorado Hills include:

  • Cabins: 37 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 53 rentals available
  • Cottages: 37 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in El Dorado Hills?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 79 vacation rentals with pool available in El Dorado Hills. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.