Sand Harbor State Park

Amazing summer locations abound in California

Roseville, CA- The summer mercury is rising in Placer County and many residents are heading for their favorite spots to cool down. There’s no shortage of amazing locations throughout Northern California. Here’s a handful of cool spots all within an hour or so of Roseville.

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5 Places We ♥ to Cool Off

1- South Yuba River State Park

South Yuba

Relaxing, remote and scenic, South Yuba River State Park is an quick trip from South Placer with many places to unwind and splash around. Before heading up, contact the ranger station for tips and water conditions.
Estimated drive time from Roseville: 1 hr, 9 minutes
Insider Tip: Follow trails west of the covered bridge for less crowded play and often calmer waters
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2- Kings Beach

Kings Beach

Perhaps, Placer County’s most popular beach. Located on the cool, cobalt blue waters of Lake Tahoe, Kings Beach’s shallow waters may provide a more stress free experience for those with younger children. Bask in the warm sunshine as you take in the snow-capped alpine peaks.
Estimated drive time from Roseville: 1 hr, 41 minutes
Insider Tip: Placer County has free parking in lot one block off the beach
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3- Sand Harbor State Park

Sand Harbor State Park

One of California’s most spectacular beaches is in, well Nevada. Yup, sounds odd, but it’s true. A magical gem that you should experience at least once in your life.
Estimated drive time from Roseville: 2 hr, 2 minutes
Insider Tip: Southern beach is family friendly, north beach can be a little rowdier
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4- Avery’s Pond Trail

Avery's Pond Trail

The closest location on our list and sitting astride the North Fork of the American River as it empties into Folsom Lake, Avery’s Pond Trail is a magical place year round. Once you reach Avery’s Pond, head slightly north for one of our favorite cool down spots.
Estimated drive time from Roseville: 25 minutes
Insider Tip: Bring drinking water and snacks
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5- Lake Francis

Lake Francis

Offering kayaking, swimming or venturing to the island to swing into the lake from a rope, Lake Francis is a small, warm and very family-friendly destination. The RV resort offers camping, swimming pool and recreation opportunities. Always a fun visit.
Estimated drive time from Roseville: 1 hour, 18 minutes
Insider Tip: Ice cream at the resort convenience store
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