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Historic Town of El Dorado

El Dorado, CA

The historic town of El Dorado is located on historic highway 49 and Pleasant Valley Road in the heart of the gold country. El Dorado welcomes visitors to enjoy it rich history, distinctive shopping and dining options, art galleries, antiques, open air market and family friendly events throughout the year.

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Old Coloma Theatre

Coloma, CA

This historic theater is located in Coloma and when attending a play, most people think they have just stepped through a time warp and traveled back in time. The theater is small and everyone sits on benches while the stage of actors is almost within arms reach. Booing, hissing and throwing popcorn at the villain/s is highly recommended.

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Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

Coloma, CA

James Marshall’s cabin, museum and gift shop, Sutter’s Mill, original gold discovery site, two historic churches, schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, cemetery, the Noteware-Thomas House, hiking trails. Bring the family and a picnic lunch and plan to spend the day in the historic park that is located near the beautiful South Fork of the American River.

Gold Panning at the South Fork of the American River

Coloma, CA

Rent a pan or bring your own. There is an area just across the river from Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park where you can settle in and try your luck. If Rodney is around, he is a fixture in the park, you might be lucky enough to get a lesson in gold panning from him.


Gold Bug Mine

Placerville, CA

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 fun at the park.

Wakamatsu Tea & Silk Factory Memorial

Gold Hill, CA

Dedicated on June 7, 1969 by then Governor Ronald Reagan and several Japanese Officials, this unassuming small monument has drawn visitors from around the world. Visitors who are curious about the history of a young Japanese girl called Okei who died in 1871 at just 19 years old and who is buried on a hillside nearby on private land.

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Whitewater Rafting on the South Fork of the American River

Coloma, CA

The South Fork of the American River has been referred to as the best rafting in the country. The guides are well trained and provide every safety possible if you choose to participate in one of the most exciting outdoor adventures available anywhere.

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Community Observatory

Placerville, CA

The Community Observatory is your window to the night sky and it’s an incredible experience for the whole family! Watch the stars through the 17-inch and 14-inch reflecting telescopes on a clear, dark night. Follow planets or the moon as they travel across the sky.