Got off the couch and explore Highway 50

50 things to do on the 50
By: Don Chaddock, The Telegraph
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Highway 50 has served gold miners, long-haul truckers and now even families just looking for some fun. The highway takes travelers up to Tahoe, into the mountains and even right here in our own backyards of Folsom and El Dorado Hills. Discovering the charm of Folsom’s historic Sutter Street or shopping any of the shopping centers in town can all be done easily. The Folsom Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Bureau and other groups have put a lot of effort into ensuring the town and its amenities are known far and wide. And with hotels, bed and breakfasts and campgrounds readily available, lodging isn’t a problem. Folsom has much to offer. Residents can list them from memory, usually naming Folsom Lake, Lake Natoma, Folsom Prison Museum, Folsom History Museum and Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park as the major draws. But there are other hidden gems in the town such as the Folsom City Zoo, walking trails and pristine parks. El Dorado Hills boasts the gorgeous shopping mecca of Town Center with its easy highway access. Trails, parks and access to Folsom Lake are all great reasons to visit El Dorado Hills. Again, the EDH Chamber of Commerce and tight-knit business community is to thank for much of the area’s positive growth. Explore with the staff of the Telegraph as we look at 50 things to do on Highway 50. Some locations are off the beaten path, but we believe they are important pieces to the “things to do” puzzle. Don’t forget to check on the special events offered in the region. From Folsom Live! (Sept. 26) and the Folsom Pro Rodeo (July 2-4) to the Gourd Festival (Sept. 26-27) and Folsom Renaissance Faire (Oct. 17-18), there is something for everyone. If you have ideas for the next guide, feel free to e-mail us at or post your ideas comments on our Web sites at and Happy reading and exploring. Get off the couch and get out there. Don Chaddock is the editor of the Telegraph. He may be reached at