Located minutes from Sacramento, El Dorado County is a diverse playground of stunning scenic beauty, welcoming wine and agriculture scene and a proud Gold Rush history.


The perfect blend of laid back, relaxing, historic towns and rolling hillside farms with the opportunity for high-energy outdoor pursuits.

Known for:

Award winning wineries, amazing array of outdoor recreation and gold rush towns.

Don’t miss:

Placerville Hardware Store, Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Apple Hill™

Area Summary:

El Dorado County is one of the most diverse places you’ll ever visit, spanning across more than 1800 square miles with elevations ranging from just a few feet to more than 10,000 feet above sea level.

This is a year-round vacation destination with a reason for every season.

In the wintertime, snow skiers and boarders hear the call of the mountain from world-class resorts around beautiful Lake Tahoe.  During spring, summer and fall the many lakes and rivers throughout the region become playgrounds for boating, kayaking, fishing and camping. Guided river trips along the American River provide unforgettable whitewater adventures for ages 7 to 75! Hiking, mountain biking and golf are other favorite warm-weather activities. And there are plenty of state and local parks to explore. Nearly 100 farms & ranches provide fun excursions for the whole family.  A tour of the El Dorado Wine Country introduces visitors to nearly 70 family-owned wineries or explore the unique craft beers inspired by the region’s history, flavors, and natural beauty, on the El Dorado Ale Trail.  Discover the rich and colorful gold rush history in the well-preserved towns along Historic Highway 49.

Want to learn more?

Visit El Dorado


542 Main Street
Placerville, CA 95667


Travel Trade and Media Contact:

Jody Franklin
Executive Director of Tourism