Placer County is a continent within a county because of its diversity of landscape, history and activities.
Millions of vacationers travel Highway 50 on their way to South Lake Tahoe. Stop in at the California Welcome Center in El Dorado Hills Town Square and explore all that El Dorado County has to offer. If you're heading to North Lake Tahoe, the experts at the center in old town Auburn will help you make the most of your Gold Country adventure.
Note: California Welcome Center, Auburn is currently operating as a virtual center. Please call (530) 887-2111 or email between 9AM – 5PM daily for travel assistance or local information.
Placer County is paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, wine connoisseurs, epicureans and history buffs alike. Though Placer County is famous for its rich Gold Rush history, there is as much “gold” in the modern day activities as the famous American River that flows through the canyons. In Placer County you can hike among pine trees, raft the glorious rivers, mountain bike in the endurance capital of the world and then picnic under live oaks with a bottle of Mediterranean style wine all in one day. If it is a leisurely pace you desire, sip wine at an award winning winery in the central county communities of Auburn, Newcastle and Loomis, tee up at one of the many pristine golf courses or sail the emerald waters of North Shore Lake Tahoe. And finally, if history is what you are looking for, Placer County is rich with a bounty of museums and historic sites.
Allow our past to catch up with you as you visit our many antique shops and unique museums. Let a drive through our rich agricultural lands refresh and revitalize you. Feel pride in our heritage as you attend one of our fine festivals. Seek the quiet serenity of nature on one of our many wilderness peaks, or the thrill of a lifetime as you ski down one of Lake Tahoe's mountains.
Outdoor enthusiasts thrill at the county's abundance of year-round recreational activities while others marvel at the array of galleries, theaters, musical and festival events. Shoppers love the large selection of boutiques, specialty shops and farmer's markets. Everyone enjoys the variety of restaurant choices from fine cuisine to family style dining, and the range of lodging and accommodations from the luxurious to quaint and romantic.
Whether you come for lunch or a lifetime, we invite you to visit and discover Placer County for yourself.
Hours: Monday thru Saturday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 4:30 pm
Note: California Welcome Center, Barstow is temporarily closed. Please check back soon for updates.
To grasp California’s true gold, you can escape to the foothills for outdoor recreation! Experience the magic at Lake Tahoe, surrounded by world famous ski-resorts with legendary snow in winter, with arts, music, and festivals in summer. Hike to a swimming hole, four wheel on the Rubicon, or shop in El Dorado Hills' Town Center - this region has everything to make your California visit unforgettable.
The California Welcome Center in El Dorado Hills is conveniently located right off of US Highway 50 in Town Center. The friendly staff can help you find local restaurants, book hotel rooms near and far and provide your furry friend a respite in our pet friendly location.
Hours: Monday thru Friday 9:30 am to 5 pm and Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm