Bridgeport, Nevada County, California, United States

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Bridgeport, Nevada County, California, United States

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Discover Bridgeport, a gold rush town in northern California

A former gold mining town in scenic Nevada County, Bridgeport is a gateway to outdoor adventure. From hiking through wildflower-covered trails and taking a dip in pristine swimming holes, to checking out cultural attractions such as the Bridgeport Covered Bridge and Kneebone Cemetery, the neighboring South Yuba River State Park offers a variety of activities. East of the town lie national parks and wilderness areas aplenty in the Sierra Nevada. Whether you're here for the weekend or planning a longer getaway, Bridgeport vacation rentals are the perfect place to call home.

Choose your adventure in Bridgeport

Outdoor activities come in all flavors here, with many of the most popular taking place along the South Yuba River. If you're traveling with kids, you'll find the family beach is a great spot to hang out. It's a dog-free zone with scenic picnic spots and safe swimming. On weekends over the summer, there are gold-panning demonstrations, after which you can grab supplies from the visitor center and find your own fortune. The rapids area is not safe for swimming but is an excellent spot for catching a glimpse of American dippers and bald eagles.

Explore history in Bridgeport

As well as outdoor adventure, Bridgeport vacation rentals place travelers on the doorstep of an array of cultural attractions. Bridgeport Covered Bridge is a cherished state and national historic landmark and the longest bridge of its kind in the country, while the Kneebone Cemetery is the final resting place of the descendants of an English ship captain who deserted the sea to join the gold rush. A trip to nearby Nevada City offers the chance to enjoy a private carriage tour past century-old buildings, followed by a glass or 2 of your favorite tipple in a local winery.

Enjoy all seasons in Bridgeport

With around 250 sunny days each year, Bridgeport getaways are almost a year-round option. In the summer months of June through August, you can expect temperatures to soar to the 80s, perfect for enjoying the surrounding outdoor spaces. That's not to say you should rule out a stay in a Bridgeport vacation rental outside of this season. The blazing fall colors turn the area into a particularly scenic part of the world during the months of September and October. During the winter, Tahoe National Forest, east of Bridgeport, tempts travelers with an extensive array of snowmobile and ski trails.

Bridgeport is a launchpad for the Sierra Nevada

Bridgeport rentals are a great base from which to experience the Sierra Nevada. From river canyons and soaring peaks to alpine lakes and bubbling hot springs, California's eastern spine serves up all manner of natural delights. Wildlife enthusiasts often seek to spot American black bears but they are by no means the only animal you can expect to see; mountain lion, wolverine, and California bighorn sheep all call the Sierra Nevada home. A helicopter tour, readily available from South Lake Tahoe, less than 3 hours' drive from Bridgeport, is a lovely way to spot the best sights.