Not everybody thinks about taking a vacation in the springtime, yet spring is the perfect time to be outdoors in California to enjoy the beauty of the season before the weather gets too hot. And Amador County in Northern California’s “gold country” offers visitors plenty to do and see. At this time of year, Daffodil Hill in Volcano is one sight you definitely don’t want to miss!

NBCLA’s “Worth the Drive” blog touts Daffodil Hill as a must-see destination that’s opening in late March or early April. At this time of year, when our souls are yearning for the color and “newness” of springtime, the sight of an endless explosion of yellow daffodils on a sunny day is pretty hard to beat, which is why Daffodil Hill attracts visitors from all over the world, eager to experience its splendor! Admission and parking are free, which makes the trip doubly delightful! Located at 18310 Rams Horn Grade in Volcano, the site is open Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting. (Visitors are encouraged to call 209-296-7048 to hear a recorded message letting the know if Daffodil Hill is open that day.)

Best of all Daffodil Hill needn’t be your sole reason for a weekend — or week-long — drive through gold country. A road trip along scenic route 88 offers up a multitude of sights for travelers of all ages and interests. Visit mining towns filled with gold-rush history, enjoy a wine tasting at one of the many wineries in the area, hike, fish, or just enjoy a relaxing drive through the rolling hills.

And don’t forget to make your hotel reservations in advance at one of the best rustic inns on California’s scenic highway 88 — the Pioneer Inn & Suites, located on 10 acres within the El Dorado Forest, centrally located near Sutter Creek and Jackson. The Pioneer offers clean, comfortable and affordable rooms and suites plus a full range of amenities designed to make your stay enjoyable and convenient. We even offer select, pet-friendly rooms!

So take a long weekend or a whole week, pack up the car, and head for Route 88, a breathtaking visit to Daffodil Hill, and be sure to contact us to reserve your room at the Pioneer Inn & Suites!