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102 Things to Do and See in Placer County

Spine-Tingling Sports

  • Downhill skiing at world-class ski resorts
  • Snowboarding
  • High Sierra mountain biking
  • Bungee jumping
  • Rock climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Hot air ballooning

Rich Cultural Pageantry, Fantastic Food

  • Loomis' Japanese Food Bazaar
  • Cinco de Mayo festivities in Lincoln, Auburn & Kings Beach
  • Lincoln's Portuguese Community Holy Ghost Celebration
  • Native American Pow Wow at the Auburn Dam Overlook
  • Chinese New Year's Parade in Old Town Auburn
  • County-wide restaurants offering fine cuisine

History Comes Alive

  • Old Town Auburn

Old-Fashioned Fun

  • SnowFest Winter Festival
  • Sledding in the High Sierra
  • Building a snowman or making a snow angel
  • Visiting a unique country holiday event
  • Old-fashioned ice cream stores
  • Classic county fair
  • Old Town Auburn's street fairs
  • Gold Rush era towns
  • Gold panning & historic Mine shafts
  • Drive along scenic Highway 49 through the foothills

Art, Music and Theater

  • Lincoln's "Feats of Clay" Pottery Exhibit & Festival
  • The historic renovated Colfax Theater
  • Concerts at the county fair
  • Lake Tahoe's outdoor Summer Music Festival
  • Old Town Auburn's "Festival of Lights Parade"
  • Roseville's "Music in the Park"
  • The Auburn Symphony
  • The annual Auburn Black and White Ball"
  • Roseville's Magic Circle Theatre


  • Camping in the foothills & the High Sierra
  • Ice skating
  • Hunting and fishing
  • 4-wheel drive trails
  • Squaw Valley's 2,000-foot cable car climb
  • Northstar at Tahoe's ropes course
  • Backpacking
  • Snowmobiling in Foresthill or Tahoe area
  • Rocklin's Sierra College cross-country running trail
  • McKinney Rubicon Trail

Just Relax

  • Visit one of Placer County's Wineries (Wine Trail - PCWGA)
  • Drive to the High Sierra and breathe deeply
  • Visit Auburn Recreation Area
  • Fish a quiet stream
  • Walk through the Tahoe National Forest
  • Visit one of Placer County's Parks

Wet and Wonderful

  • Raft the American River's class 3, 4 or 5 rapids
  • Water-ski or jet ski at Lake Tahoe, Rollins Lake, Folsom Lake or Lake Clementine
  • Sailing
  • Parasailing at Lake Tahoe
  • Just lie on the beach
  • Build a sand castle
  • Boats of all sizes
  • Challenge the streams in a kayak or canoe
  • Swim

Natural Beauty

  • The North and West Shores of Lake Tahoe
  • The High Sierra
  • The American River Canyon
  • Miner's Ravine Nature Trail
  • Donner Pass
  • Granite Chief Wilderness Area
  • U.S. Forests & California State Parks
  • Old Iowa Hill Bridge
  • The New Foresthill Bridge

Fun and Fit

Hike the county's many Sierra trails

  • Bike the American River Bike Trail
  • Mountain bike the back roads, flats or hills
  • Golf at championship courses
  • World-famous Tevis Cup 100-Mile Horse Endurance Race
  • Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run
  • Horseback riding

Farm Fresh Placer Grown Produce

  • Year-round farmers' markets
  • Christmas tree farms
  • 49er Fruit Trail
  • Llama ranches
  • Flowers

Shop 'til You Drop

  • Roseville's Denio's Market & Auction
  • Old Town Auburn, Colfax, or Roseville antique shops & boutiques
  • Roseville's 1.1 million square foot Galleria Mall

Accommodations & Transportation

  • Ride the rails through the Gold Country to the Capitol Corridor
  • See Lake Tahoe from a paddle wheeler
  • Helicopter rides
  • Luxurious suites
  • Rustic cabins

And so much more!