You might recall from the American history classes of your youth that the California Gold Rush in its entirety lasted less than a decade. Spend a night at one of the hotels in Placerville, CA and you'll be forgiven for forgetting that fact. The mid-19th-century boom town era, with the wild west images and rugged characters, remains forever etched into every aspect of the small city's spirit. Located near the Sutter's Mill site where California's gold was first discovered, Placerville was a major gold mining hub, and as you walk its old streets you'll follow in the footsteps of the 49ers. Consider the intrepid journeys of those fortune seekers from across the nation and beyond, and embrace your own inner opportunist by visiting a hub of history. You just may discover your own inner worth.
Though its gilded glory days are long in the past, Placerville continues to offer you a wealth of enticements. Placerville rental cars make it easy for you to experience the unspoiled wilds of nearby El Dorado National Forest, and the genteel sophistication-meets-bucolic beauty of the local wine country. And within steps of downtown Placerville hotels, Main Street will spellbind you: its historic buildings immaculately preserved and given new life as cheery cafes and boutiques. To truly sense the spirits of the prospectors, take a trip to Gold Bug Mine, where you're welcome to don a hard hat and step inside the damp, dark belly of a mountain with gold running through its veins. A genuine stamp mill and working blacksmith shop complete the history book scene. Another vision of the wild west awaits you in Old Town Sacramento, the underfoot creak of its wooden boardwalks bringing to mind the sheriffs and gunslingers of yore. Book one of the centrally located hotels in Sacramento and you'll be conveniently close to this vintage scene.
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