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Nevada-City is one of the most picturesque of the California gold rush towns. Located in the Sierra Nevada foothills, approximately an hours drive from Sacramento, Nevada City exudes charm and elegance. The city began as a mining camp in 1849, and quickly grew to become the wealthiest gold mining city in California. At one time, it was the third largest city in the state, and it is considered to be the best-preserved gold mining town in the west. The downtown district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In recent years, Nevada City has become a mecca for artists, writers and musicians, and offers visitors high quality restaurants, live theater and music, antique and specialty shops, art galleries and museums. The main street of town is one of the most interesting attractions, with its historic storefronts, lovely Victorian architecture and old fashioned street lamps. The town is always abuzz with activity and entertainment! And since Nevada City borders the Tahoe National Forest, you are just minutes from the mountain lakes, rivers and streams perfect for fishing, boating, hiking, biking and more. Or, just a short drive takes you to all the drama of the High Sierras and world class ski resorts! For history, culture, outdoor beauty and recreation, you can't go wrong in Nevada City, California!

Surrounding areas: Grass Valley, California (3.6 mi), Lake Wildwood, California (10.0 mi), Alta, California (11.8 mi), Baxter, California (13.2 mi), Foresthill, California (19.9 mi), Auburn, California (25.3 mi), Georgetown, California (26.4 mi)

Nevada City Vacation Rentals




Nevada City Hotels and Resorts

 
Hotels & Motels
Northern Queen Inn400 Railroad AveNevada City, CA (530) 265-5824
Holiday Lodge1221 E Main StGrass Valley, CA2.8 mi.(530) 273-4406
Gold Miners Inn/Holiday Inn Express Hotel121 Bank StGrass Valley, CA3.8 mi.(530) 477-1700
Stage Coach Motel405 S AuburnGrass Valley, CA4.1 mi.(530) 272-3701
Coach N' Four Motel628 S Auburn StGrass Valley, CA4.4 mi.(530) 273-8009
Best Western Golden Key Motel13450 Lincoln WayAuburn, CA23.2 mi.(530) 885-8611
Comfort Inn Central1875 Auburn Ravine RdAuburn, CA23.4 mi.(530) 885-1800
Holiday Inn Auburn120 Grass Valley HwyAuburn, CA25.0 mi.(530) 887-8787

Nevada City Weather & Climate

The Gold Rush Country in the Sierra Nevada foothills of northern California enjoys four seasons. Although not as pronounced as the seasons in the eastern U.S., they are distinct. Summers are warm and dry, with pleasant temperatures and not the extreme heat of the lower valley regions. Autumn has mild days and crisp, cool nights and the leaves take on the hues of gold, yellow and purple. Winters are mild during the day with cold temperatures at night. Occasionally snow falls at these elevations, but rarely sticks for more than a few hours. Cool rainy days are the normal winter weather pattern, with the rainy season running November through March. Spring is delightful as the days lengthen and wildflowers spread over the hills.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 50°F 32°F 11.16 in. -
February 52°F 33°F 10.63 in. -
March 55°F 35°F 9.46 in. -
April 61°F 38°F 4.12 in. -
May 69°F 44°F 2.25 in. -
June 78°F 50°F 0.69 in. -
July 85°F 56°F 0.19 in. -
August 85°F 55°F 0.28 in. -
September 79°F 50°F 1.20 in. -
October 69°F 44°F 2.89 in. -
November 55°F 36°F 7.74 in. -
December 49°F 32°F 8.69 in. -

Nevada City Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Mc Clellan Airfield (MCC) located about 45 miles southwest of Nevada City in Sacramento, California, the Sacramento International airport (SMF) located approximately 49 miles southwest of Nevada City in Sacramento, California, the Sacramento Mather airport (MHR) located roughly 51 miles southwest of Nevada City in Sacramento, California, and finally the Lake Tahoe airport (TVL) located around 60 miles southeast of Nevada City in South Lake Tahoe, California.

Nevada City Attractions

 
Amusement and Theme Parks
FunderlandSacramentoCA53.5 mi.
Tahoe Amusement ParkSouth Lake TahoeCA60.0 mi.
Playland ParkRenoNV67.0 mi.
Wild IslandSparksNV70.2 mi.
FunderwoodsLodiCA79.3 mi.
 
Water Parks
Waterworld USASacramentoCA53.5 mi.
Wild Island Family Adventure ParkSparksNV70.2 mi.
Waterworld USAConcordCA104.1 mi.
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA112.8 mi.
Waterworks ParkReddingCA116.9 mi.
 
Golf Courses
Alta Sierra Country ClubGrass ValleyCA3.6 mi.
Nevada County Country ClubGrass ValleyCA3.6 mi.
Black Oak Golf CourseAuburnCA20.5 mi.
Course at Raspberry HillAuburnCA25.3 mi.
DarkHorseAuburnCA25.3 mi.
DarkHorse Golf ClubAuburnCA25.3 mi.
Ridge Golf CourseAuburnCA25.3 mi.
Catta Verdera Golf ClubLincolnCA29.5 mi.
Lincoln Hills ClubLincolnCA29.5 mi.
Turkey Creek Golf ClubLincolnCA29.5 mi.
 
Ski Areas
Donner Ski RanchNordenCA35.7 mi.
Sugar Bowl TahoeNordenCA35.7 mi.
Squaw ValleyOlympic ValleyCA44.5 mi.
Northstar-at-TahoeTruckeeCA45.0 mi.
Tahoe DonnerTruckeeCA45.0 mi.
Alpine MeadowsTahoe CityCA47.6 mi.
Ski HomewoodHomewoodCA47.6 mi.
Diamond PeakIncline VillageNV56.0 mi.
Sierra-at-TahoeTwin BridgesCA57.3 mi.
Heavenly Ski ResortSouth Lake TahoeCA60.2 mi.
Kirkwood Ski ResortKirkwoodCA63.9 mi.
Mount Rose Ski AreaRenoNV67.0 mi.
Bear ValleyBear ValleyCA76.2 mi.
Dodge RidgePinecrestCA91.7 mi.
 
State Parks
Gold Discovery Site State ParkCA32.6 mi. 
Plumas Eureka State ParkCA38.4 mi. 
Mormon Island Wetlands State ParkCA39.8 mi. 
 
Museums
Emigrant Trail MuseumTruckeeCA45.0 mi.(History)
Portola Railroad MuseumPortolaCA48.0 mi.(Technology)
Crocker Art MuseumSacramentoCA53.5 mi.(Art)
Golden State MuseumSacramentoCA53.5 mi.(History)
 
Zoos and Aquariums
Sacramento ZooSacramentoCA53.5 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA79.3 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA104.1 mi.


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