Amazing summer locations abound in California

Roseville, Calif- Triple digit temperatures have arrived with the mercury 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 several cool spots all within an hour or two of Roseville.

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7 Places We โ™ฅ to Cool Off

1- Folsom Lake / South Fork American River

South Fork of the American River into Folsom Lake

Plenty of entry points to reach Folsom Lake or the South Fork of the American River for a cool down. Early summer typically has more favorable water conditions at the Lake, while late summer is best for river conditions.
Estimated drive time from Roseville: 15- 45 minutes
Insider Picks: Monte Vista Trail in El Dorado Hills leads to scenic spots for swim and relaxation away from crowds.
Cronan Ranch serves up solitude and beauty in Pilot Hill.

2- South Yuba River State Park

Relaxing, remote, and scenic, South Yuba River State Park is a quick trip from South Placer with many places to unwind and splash around. Before heading up, contact the ranger station for mountain lion alerts, 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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3- 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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4- 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. A bucket list destination!
Estimated drive time from Roseville: 2 hr, 2 minutes
Insider Tips: Arrive very early, this place fills up incredibly fast!
Southern beach is family friendly, north beach often attracts a little rowdier crowd.
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5- Avery’s Pond Trail

Avery's Pond Trail

Among the closest locations 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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6- 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 after a day in the sun!
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Commons Beach in Tahoe City

7- Commons Beach @ Tahoe City

We often refer to Tahoe City as “The perfect beach town in Placer County” and when the mercury rises, the incomparable beauty of Lake Tahoe stands out at this high country oasis. Regularly boasting the warmest waters on the Lake, this amenity-packed destination delivers the perfect cooldown on a hot summer’s day!
Estimated drive time from Roseville: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Insider Picks: Good water shoes, hat and sunscreen will make your day at the beach a bit easier. Enjoying a casual lunch or dinner at Za’s Lakefront is a terrific way to end your day at the beach.

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