4 unique adventures on the road to Lake Tahoe

Children in Gold Bug Mine, El Dorado County

An average of 40,000 cars travel from Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe through the Sierra Nevada Foothills on scenic Highway 50 every day. But the vast majority have no idea what they are missing less than a mile away from this popular route. If you’re willing to explore, you’ll be rewarded with unique adventures (along with some photos, wine, and even a freshly baked pie!).

El Dorado County Road Trips: Hop on a Hog

el dorado county motorcycles

If you’re on two wheels, we’re going to assume you are a little more adventurous and not scared off by a road trip with stops with names like Hell Hole, Ice House, Stumpy Meadows, or the infamous Old Hangtown. These backroads wind through the Sierra Nevada Foothills alongside lakes, rivers, and reservoirs, majestic pines, rolling hills, and ranches. The best time for this road trip is May through October.

Your Perfect 4-Day Road Trip through Gold Country, California

Whitewater rafting the South Fork American river, Coloma, El Dorado County

Gold Country, California is one of our favorite off-the-beaten-path destinations for those who want to see a different side of the Golden State. Home of the original gold rush that forever changed a nation, this region is within striking distance of both Lake Tahoe and Sacramento, making it an achievable and creative destination for those who love history, outdoor adventure, farm-to-table food, and know how to enjoy a booming wine and beer scene.

The El Dorado Quilt Trail Project: Exploring the Barn-Lined Backroads

Barn Quilt at Rainbow Orchards, El Dorado County

No matter what adventure you are seeking, Northern California’s beautiful El Dorado County will satiate your wanderlust. A fantastic place to explore, whether it is winter, fall, or summertime, El Dorado County is perfect for long drives, hikes, mountain biking, rafting, and much more. The barn-lined backroads have a quaint charm about them that’s appealing to anyone looking for something different. From affordable motels in Placerville, CA to luxurious Bed and Breakfasts in El Dorado Hills, El Dorado County can accommodations you while you explore.