El Dorado County Museum Tours

The El Dorado County Museum now offers free guided tours by reservation Wednesdays – Fridays from 12 – 3 pm. Learn about El Dorado County’s rich history through exhibits, tours, artifacts, and displays. Find available tour reservation dates here

You’ll find exhibits ranging from Native American tools to mining equipment and wagons from the Gold Rush period.  

Learn more about the special exhibits, museum archive, research room, and more on their website

Walking Tours of Historic Main Street

The El Dorado County Historical Society is conducting guided tours of Historic Main Street by reservation. Groups can schedule a tour by contacting  (530) 626-0773 Wednesday through Sunday between 11 am and 4 pm. Tours can be booked for any day or time, and you will be contacted to confirm your tour date/time prior to your tour occurring.

The tour usually begins at the Fountain & Tallman Museum, 524 Main Street, and lasts about 60 to 90 minutes. The tour guides are dressed in period costumes and describe historic locations on Main Street between Cedar Ravine and Sacramento Street. Although the tour is free, donations to the Fountain & Tallman Museum are encouraged at a suggested rate of $2 per adult or $5 per family.

Alpacas on the farm

Ranch Tours

Alpacas of Somerset: Join them for an educational tour of the ranch and fiber studio. You will be offered an opportunity to mingle with members of the alpaca herd, get your hands into the luscious fiber, and learn how the fiber is processed…from start to finish! Open to individuals, groups, or home schools.

Haunted Hangtown Ghost Tours

Our ghost walks will give you a vivid history of haunted, historic Placerville a.k.a “old Hangtown”. We will share with you, through extensive research, the history as well as the haunted myths, lore, and legends. Oh, but our ghost hunts?

We will engage with our visitors in a real paranormal investigation using some of the latest equipment. What are we looking for? With your help, we will search for the fantastic, not the fantasy.

You see, the paranormal evidence that we will gather has a history. The spirits that live throughout the Gold Country, the Mother Lode and beyond have a grand history. We want to hear and tell the stories of days long gone by and learn of the people who lived them. Those people have names. They have stories. Our mission is to seek, not only paranormal evidence, but to find the stories and document them. Book your Haunted Hangtown Ghost Tour today!

Drone Photo 5 Miraflores Winery, El Dorado County

Winery Tours

Miraflores Winery Tours

Miraflores Winery is honored to have been voted the region’s best winery, and to have received numerous awards from Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator, the San Francisco Chronicle, and more. So how is it that they’re able to make such prestigious wines? Sign up for one of their tours to learn all about what goes into making their award-winning wines.

Tours are currently available Tuesday-Friday, and can accommodate up to 8 people. Please note that you will be charged upon reserving the tour, but may cancel for a refund up to 24 hours prior to the tour. Each tour comes with light snacks. Custom tours are available, and all tours are also available in Spanish. Email Miraflores to reserve your tour!

David Girard Vineyards Tours

More than twenty years ago, David Girard looked out at the stunning landscape rising 1400′ from the South Fork American River Valley and saw not only beauty but also great potential. In the heart of Gold Country — indeed, one mile from where gold was first discovered in 1848 — he envisioned an estate vineyard producing grapes of great distinction. David Girard Vineyards thrives by serving meticulously crafted wines in a gorgeous, historical setting on 85 total acres. The winery is renowned in the region and beyond for providing a serene, pleasurable destination for both its dedicated followers as well as first-time guests.

Enjoy a guided ATV tour of our organically farmed hillside vineyards and the winemaking facility. You’ll learn about the history, the connection to the Gold Rush, how the grapes are grown and the wine is made. Upon return, a private wine and cheese pairing awaits you. You will learn how the flavors of the cheese enhance the nuances of the wine, and how to select what cheese to go with what varietals. Book your Tour by calling the Tasting Room at 530.295.1833 or emailing David Girard Vineyards  Tours are limited to eight people.

Boeger Winery Tour

Boeger Winery is one of the most historic and enchanting wineries in the Sierra Foothills. Located on a gold rush era homestead- you will learn about the winery’s early days, prohibition, 1970’s revival, and contemporary winemaking story. Tour includes a sip-n-stroll walking tour of the historic grounds, vineyard visit, winery tour and a private seated tasting of seasonal wines. Limited to 10 people. Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, $35 ($28 club).

Starfield Winery Estate Vineyard Tour

Immerse yourself among the vines as you tour Starfield Winery’s vineyards in their super-comfy UTV all-terrain vehicle (a.k.a. Wine-mobile). This one-of-a-kind tour allows you to get deep into the vineyards in pure comfort!

Sit back and relax while you enjoy the panoramic views, lush vineyards, and award-winning wines on an authentic wine safari! This intimate 90-minute experience leads you through 31 acres of Starfield’s Estate Vineyard while your personal Winery Host discusses their unique terroir, an array of varietals, grape-growing techniques, the importance of micro-climates, and everything that comes together to make their wines. 

Dry Diggings Distillery, El Dorado County's first legal distillery

Dry Diggings Distillery Tours

Learn, explore, and taste at El Dorado County’s first (legal) distillery. Dry Diggings Distillery offers two tours; Show, Taste, Tell, where you’ll learn the answers to burning questions like what makes vodka and what is gin, anyway? and the Distiller’s VIP Tour, a unique, two-hour tour that dives deep into the history of the industry, explains the legal environment of a distilled spirits producer (including definitions of terms), along with their production process and equipment.

Living History Day Marshall Gold State Park Coloma El Dorado County

Gold Discovery Tours

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is pleased to offer visitors guided walking tours! The Gold Discovery Tour tells the story and visits the sites of the Coloma Valley before the discovery of gold by James Marshall. Learn about the events leading up to the discovery, the history of the California Gold Rush, and the town of Coloma.

Tours are offered at least twice a day, 11am and 1pm, weather permitting. Tour cost is $3.00 per adult and $2.00 per child. There are no tours on event days including Coloma Gold Rush Live and Christmas in Coloma. Visitors are encouraged to come enjoy those events!

Ruths Doll Museum | Camino, CA | El Dorado County

Ruth’s Doll & Memories Museum

This is NOT a creepy Doll Museum as some might imagine. This is an unbelievable collection of more than 4,000 dolls and collectables. There is a room just for the guys with steins, vintage radios, super heros and such. No matter what generation you call your own, this collection will send you on a lovely trip down memory lane. Guided tours of this amazing collection available for the suggested donation of $5 per person. To book a tour contact Marlene Ruth at 530-919-3819.