Nevada City is neither in Nevada nor is it technically a city. It’s a beautiful small town with a rich, occasionally outlandish history that’s evolved into a perfect, picturesque, old-timey, hip, western, gold-rushy sort of town with a penchant for adorable Victorian homes, the arts, good restaurants, and great festivals. There’s nowhere quite like Nevada City.
Nevada City is about half an hour north of Auburn and about 3 miles north of its sister town, Grass Valley. Some folks like Grass Valley better, some prefer Nevada City, but since almost all the kids from both towns go to the same High School, Nevada Union, there’s not much rivalry between the two towns. Everyone is a little too busy enjoying Northern California life for that.
There’s always plenty to see in downtown Nevada City. Nestled among beautiful Victorian homes are Boutiques, art galleries, and enough stores to keep any shopper happy for days. Award-winning restaurants, live theatre, wineries, nightspots, and the state’s oldest continuously-operating inn, the National Hotel are there for your entertainment and enjoyment.
Nevada City offers events and celebrations year-round, from the annual Victorian Christmas to farmer’s markets, fairs, to car shows and all manner of concerts. Even the world-famous Amgen Bicycle Tour of California starts here.
From Nevada City you can continue up Highway 49 into the vast, remote areas of Northern California, or take scenic Highway 20 east for 45 minutes out onto Highway 80 to Blue Canyon. A few minutes further on the freeway takes you to the first of many world-class ski resorts at Tahoe Donner.
Although home prices in Nevada City do tend to be higher than in Grass Valley and other areas of the Golden Hills, it really shows that people really love the area, and really love living in Nevada City!
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