Tuolumne County Getaways
What’s your Favorite Time of the Year?
No matter what your favorite season is, Tuolumne County has everything you need to experience the
vacation of a lifetime and create everlasting memories! From calm and mild, to wild and spicy, extreme
relaxation or adventure begins here…
Day 1 – The Yosemite Experience
Visit the Yosemite Gateway Museum in Groveland, see a spectacular display of the Mi Wok Indian
culture, and then continue to the park.
Spend the entire day in awe-inspiring Yosemite. Use the free trams, shuttle buses, or your car to enjoy
the breathtaking splendor of the valley and the diverse wildlife habitat. Climb the world famous El
Capitan or Half Dome, hike the same trails as pioneer John Muir, go bike riding or horseback riding, or
experience our magnificent rivers on a peaceful float down the Merced River or up to class five rapids
on the “Wild and Scenic” Tuolumne River.
Have a casual or formal lunch in Yosemite Valley.
After an unforgettable day in Yosemite, return to the Highway 120 Corridor and spend the night near
the entrance of the park near the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir or in Groveland at a beautiful charming
No matter where you choose to stay, a superb dining experience awaits you.
After dinner, experience the unique ambiance of the oldest operating saloon in California, the Iron Door
Day 2 – True California History
Stop in Jamestown and take a ride through the foothills on an authentic old steam train and tour
Railtown 1897 State Historic Park and its working Roundhouse (AKA the movie railroad).
Next stop, Wood’s Creek to learn to “pan for gold” just as the 49er miners did.
Have lunch at an array of popular restaurants in historic downtown Jamestown or Sonora.
Move on to an informative history lesson at the Tuolumne County Museum and stroll downtown
Just up the road, Columbia State Historic Park awaits you. Step back in time and experience the gold
rush era of the 1850’s at this thriving restored “living history museum.” Enjoy an educational docent led
tour of the park, go for a ride on a stagecoach (complete with a “hold-up”), go horseback riding, or
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travel deep into the earth and tour a real working gold mine that has been operating for more than 100
Check in to accommodations in Jamestown, Columbia, or Sonora. From historic bed and breakfast inns
and haunted hotels to three-diamond comfort, you will be sure to find just what you are looking for.
Continue your historic adventure and top off your day with a fabulous dinner followed by outstanding
live theatre in Columbia or Sonora.
Day 3 – The High Country
Head east on Highway 108 and connect to Tuolumne Road.
Stop at the old-fashioned foothill Cover’s Apple Ranch and pick up a piece of “Mile High” apple pie,
delicious homemade treats, jams, and fresh-grown fruits and vegetables.
Continue east on Highway 108 to our beautiful High Sierra. Visit the Pinecrest Lake area and go for a
hike on the- Shadow of the Mi-Wok Trail, Trail of the Gargoyles, Trail of the Ancient Dwarfs, Donnell
Vista or the Columns of the Giants
Choose to recreate for the day at Pinecrest Lake and have lunch at the lakeside snack bar or local
Spend the day swimming, sailing, kayaking, or any variety of boating opportunities on a crisp clean
alpine mountain lake. When its time to relax you can hang out on picturesque Pinecrest Beach.
Check in to accommodations at a country inn, B&B or a local resort.
On the other hand, you may want to continue east to Kennedy Meadows and have lunch. Plan to picnic
in the meadow or try one of the local resort cafes where you will find real home cooking!
How about experiencing a cozy mountain cabin for the night’s accommodations?
Spend your day horseback riding or hiking and take in the unbelievable breathtaking views and high
After dinner, spend the evening relaxing under the stars around the campfire and dream of what you’re
going to do the next time you come back to Tuolumne County.
Optional Spring, Summer and Fall activities in Tuolumne County
Visit our dynamic National, State, and County Parks
Camp or backpack into the Emigrant Wilderness
Go house-boating, wake boarding, or water skiing on striking New Melones or Lake Don Pedro
Bring your rod and reel for exceptional lake, river, fly, or trout farm fishing
Acquire the Tuolumne County History and Heritage Guide for historic sight-seeing experiences
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Leave time for Gold Country shopping and antiquing
For more adventure try our challenging terrain and go off-roading in Stanislaus National Forest
View beautiful fall foliage, spring-time wild flowers, and a variety of birds and wildlife
For gaming, bowling and deluxe family fun center visit Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne “City”
During our “Winter Wonderland” months, add these activities to your getaway:
California skiing and Snowboarding at its best at Dodge Ridge Winter Sports Area
Sledding or tubing at Leland Snow Play Area
Snowshoeing or cross-country skiing in the Stanislaus National Forest or Yosemite National Park
Snowmobile into the high country to Dardanelle and scenic Sonora Pass
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