My 12 year old son and I will be spending a Saturday in late June whitewater rafting on the American River.
We are planning on driving up early Friday morning and were hoping to spend the day at a swimming hole- we don't mind hiking in up to a mile each way.
I'm trying to decide whether to stay in Auburn on Placerville the night before. I've driven through both towns briefly but don't know either one well. Which town has more of an old west historic feel?
Also, more importantly can anyone recommend any swimming holes near either town? I've read about Clark's hole near Auburn but heard that it can get crowded. I've also heard about Happy Valley near Placerville but can't seem to find directions.