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Placerville is a city in El Dorado County in California's Gold Country.

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Placerville California is located approximately 39 miles from Sacramento and 43 miles from Lake Tahoe. Placerville is accessible from highway 50 east and west, also highway 49 east and west, and 193 south. the surrounding area's include Diamond Springs, El Dorado, Coloma, Camino, Pollock Pine's, Grass Valley, Pleasant Valley and Cameron Park. Placerville also has a small private airstrip located a mile or two outside the city, and there is also commuter bus's coming in from Sacramento and Lake Tahoe.

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  • Apple Hill. This is an area about 10 minutes' drive east of Placerville on Highway 50. There are dozens of apple ranches that cater mostly to Sacramento-area tourists who come seeking every imaginable product made from apples, such as cider, pies, donuts, wine, caramel apples, etc. Excellent family atmosphere. Some of the larger ranches have ponds, ducks, ponies, and picnic areas. Most of the ranches are open September to December only. A few stay open all year. Weekends in October can get very crowded.  edit
  • Mosquito Bridge. If you are an architecture fan, or love historic bridges, do not miss traveling to the Mosquito bridge, an historic suspension bridge about five miles from Placerville down a windy road. To get there take the Mosquito road exit from Highway 50 and follow that road north. The road ascends for a couple miles until your are on top of a ridge. Follow signs indicating a left turn for Mosquito and Swansboro. The road descends about 1500 ft. in elevation over the next couple of miles. When you get to the wooden one-lane bridge, cross it and look for a safe place to park on the right just past the bridge. Pedestrians should keep their eyes open for cars, when walking around the bridge area. The views downstream are amazing, as this is rugged granite gorge. It is possible to reach the river if you have intermediate scrambling skills. Do not get near the river if it is raining. Water levels increase quickly at times due to the dam upstream.  edit

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  • Whitewater Rafting (South Fork American River), (3-6 miles north of town). Make sure to take on the rapids while you are in Placerville. The South Fork American River runs just north of town. Book ahead for the best trips, or go north on highway 49 about six miles to Coloma. Drive through the historic gold mining town (check it out...) and look for the many raft company signs. All-Outdoors is a great company to go with. The same can be said for many others.  edit

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  • Z-Pie, 3182 Center Street, 530.621.2626, [1]. Great pies, pleasant space, big menu, best eats we found in Placerville.  edit
  • Shilla, Highway 50 (3-4 miles east of Placerville on the right.). Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar. The owners are fabulous, and throw in a lot of extras with your meal.  edit

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Go to Poor Red's, home of the Golden Cadillac. Poor Red's is a one of a kind local watering hole that can attract bikers, or just about anyone. Make sure to sit in the upper level at the bar, as this give you a great view of the entire joint.

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  • Albert Shafsky House Bed and Breakfast Inn, 2942 Coloma St, +1 530-642-2776, [2]. A Queen Anne Victorian bed and breakfast which offers three guest rooms, each with its own theme and private bath, wine & cheese upon arrival, and a hearty breakfast each morning. Wireless internet.  edit

  • Best Western Placerville Inn, 6850 Green Leaf Drive, +1 530 622-9100, Toll-free: +1 800 854-9100, Fax: +1 530 622-9376, [3].

Get out[edit]

Routes through Placerville
SacramentoEl Dorado Hills  W noframe E  Pollock PinesCarson City

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