How to Have the Best Road Trip from Sacramento to Placerville

Few experiences are as beautiful and life-changing as a road trip through the sunny state of California. If you’re planning a visit to the charming town of Placerville, California, you should turn it into a road trip and enjoy some of the stops along the way. The drive from Sacramento to Placerville offers ample opportunities for sightseeing and unique experiences. As you begin researching for your trip, don’t forget to request a complimentary copy of our Vacation Guide! Inside, you’ll discover local suggestions for things to do, places to eat, and more. Get your copy today!

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What to Expect on Your Road Trip from Sacramento to Placerville

The Drive

Your road trip from Sacramento to Placerville should only take about 45 minutes, but you can extend the drive to enjoy all that Northern California has to offer. For the quickest route from Sacramento, hop onto highway US-50 W and follow this route for 45 miles until you reach Placerville. Before hitting the road, you should research which places you’d like to stop along the way and account for how much time you want to spend at each destination.

Where to Stop Along the Way

Once you’ve left the city of Sacramento behind, make a stop in Rancho Cordova. This beautiful location just outside of Sacramento has plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure. Hike along the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail, rent a kayak and hit the waters of Lake Natoma, or visit the Effie Yeaw Nature Center.

If you’re okay with straying off the direct route from Sacramento to Placerville, you can make a stop at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area. Surrounded by the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Folsom Lake is the perfect place for an afternoon hike. If you’re planning to bring bikes along, you can explore the many trails around the lake or embark on a horseback riding excursion.  

What To Do in Placerville

Placerville is one of the best destinations in Northern California for a romantic getaway. In the fall, head to nearby Apple Hill for a day of apple picking. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the myriad options of activities to experience Placerville’s natural beauty. Hike through the gorgeous Sierra Nevada Foothills, experience the rush of whitewater rafting, or cycle through the bike trails. In the evenings, treat yourself to the culinary expertise of our Eden Vale Inn chef or venture into downtown Placerville and dine at one of the many restaurants.  

Unwind at Eden Vale Inn

Bedroom of the Stone Pine room at Eden Vale Inn

Once you’ve arrived at Eden Vale Inn after your road trip from Sacramento to Placerville, you’ll be amazed at our luxurious amenities. Each morning, you’ll be treated to a delicious, complimentary breakfast prepared with local ingredients. Plan to spend a day in our on-site spa for top-notch treatments, including a Swedish massage or hot stone therapy. Each of our rooms features unique elements from private patios to oversized bathtubs.

Browse our complete list of available rooms and start planning your getaway today!