Filmmaking in El Dorado County
Check out the interactive map with a history of filmmaking in El Dorado County. Go on a self-guided, Hollywood-style tour to where big blockbusters were filmed locally! From the beautiful South Fork of the American River that Spielberg picked for “Indiana Jones” to the PiPi Campground that Redford unearthed for his famous “Horse Whisperer”, see first-hand where Hollywood legends created movie magic. Learn more>>
Site of the first Japanese Colony in America established in 1869, visitors are drawn to this Japanese American “Plymouth Rock” and the legendary grave of young Okei-san, the first Japanese immigrant buried on American soil. American River Conservancy privately owns this 272-acre landmark Farm as a pilgrimage site and a community place to experience cultural history, natural resources, and sustainable agriculture. Visit during scheduled public events, tours, and programs.
Dry Diggings Distillery
In 2016 El Dorado County welcomed Dry Diggings Distillery, the first of its kind in El Dorado County in a very long time. The 90-minute tour and tasting take guests through the production cycle from field to glass.
Ride the Rails
The El Dorado Railroad is the oldest railroad line west of the Mississippi River. Ride a piece of history on original Gang Cars which were used by railroad inspectors, officials, workers, and others to travel the rails. Great fun for all ages!
Gold Bug Mine and Park
Hattie’s Museum, the 362-foot hard rock mine, gift shop, stamp mill, hiking trails, and gold panning make for a terrific outdoor adventure for the whole family. Bring a picnic and enjoy a day of history and adventure.
There’s a lot of history in El Dorado County. So much so, there are two museums! The El Dorado County Historical Museum is an excellent representation of the county’s history, complete with a research center. The Fountain & Tallman Museum is owned and operated by the El Dorado County Historical Society. Built in 1852, it is the oldest building on Main Street and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Olde Coloma Theater
This historic theater tends to make most visitors think they have just stepped through a time machine, as it’s that authentic! Its intimate size, coupled with its emphasis on past melodramatic performances, makes it fun for all ages. Booing, hissing, and throwing popcorn at the villain(s) is highly recommended.
Gaming in the Foothills
Red Hawk Casino blends a full complement of gaming excitement with the natural beauty of Northern California. It features approximately 2,000 slot machines, 75 table games, six restaurants, four bars, and lighted covered parking.