Art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants line Main Street.  Allow time to discover interesting artifacts from the city's past, starting from the time when now-bustling Placerville was best-known as "Hangtown".

On Main Street, be sure to visit Placerville Hardware, The Placerville News Company, the Bell Tower, Pearson's Soda Works, the old Court House, the Ziesz Brewery ruins, and the Fountain Tallman Soda Works, now a historical museum.

Not to be missed are the other historical homes in the area. You'll find a delightful mix of Gold Rush homes from the 1850s, turn-of-the-century Victorians(a good example is the Albert Shafsky House at the corner of Spring & Coloma), bungalows from the early 1900s, and even art deco homes. All are within walking distance of Historic Main Street.


Get a taste of the Gold Era at Gold Bug Park on Bedford Avenue, where you can explore a real hardrock gold mine. Seven miles north of town on Hwy. 49 is Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma, where gold was discovered back in 1848. Both parks are great picnic and hiking areas.

Nearby Apple Hill is a popular destination during the Fall harvest season, and has visitors year-round. While you're out and about, stop by  local wineries and taste foothill wines, the new Gold Rush frontier.

Other activities include boating, fishing, hiking, white water rafting on the American River, golf, downhill and cross-country skiing at South Lake Tahoe, gold panning, arts and craft fairs, and many other special events you won't want to miss.