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Starry Skies

Where To Stargaze In Tuolumne County This Summer

By Mackenzie Rodgers | 07/10/2019 | Exploring Tuolumne County, Guided Tours, Guided Tours to Yosemite, Hiking, Outdoor Adventure, Parks and Public Lands, Sights, Stanislaus National Forest, Stanislaus National Forest, State Parks, Tours, Yosemite National Park

Tuolumne County is the adventurers’ dream come true for all things outdoors, including stargazing. Explore California’s Yosemite, Gold Country, and High Sierra by day, and an astronomical sky full of stars by night. Find breathtaking scenic night skies in Tuolumne County’s rural areas.

Yosemite National Park’s Tuolumne Meadows is a quieter part of the park and perfect for a clear view of globally renowned meteor showers or simply a night spent under the sky in search of shooting stars. Watch as a glorious scenic sunset transforms into a beautiful bright night. A lack of city lights makes Yosemite your place for milky way views. Put your astro-photography skills to the test and capture the perfect long exposure shot of the Yosemite sky. Need help with the itinerary? Go on an guided excursion with a professional outfitter to get the most of your time in the dark outdoors.

Starry Skies

With plenty of campgrounds to choose from and a sky full of bright stars, Tuolumne County’s High Sierra is a destination like no other for stargazing in California’s great outdoors. This mountainous region will give you a glimpse of the heaven-like night skies over the Stanislaus National Forest. Bring a blanket, maybe some hot chocolate, and let your eyes adjust to the stellar affair. Pinecrest Lake is an incredible location for the nightly views. Watch as the High Sierra lake acts as a mirror to the night and lights up the surrounding forest.

Revel in the beauty of a different kind of star at Jamestown’s Railtown State Historic Park, where you’ll get an exclusive look at the famous movie star train, Sierra No. 3™. Take the roundhouse tour and immerse yourself in the Wild West of film history. Hop on board the vintage locomotive and take a seasonal ride through the surrounding foothills to get a real glimpse at what makes the Sierra Railway iconic to the film industry. You'll think the stars aligned with a visit to the nearby Historic Downtown Jamestown. There, you can find boutique shopping, wine tasting, and dining.

Are you ready to get going? You'll find lodging options for every taste and any budget, from river-side campgrounds to modern resorts in the High Sierra, in the heart of Gold Rush towns and near Yosemite National Park. Go to VisitTuolumne.com to start planning your getaway today. Travel Tip: Don't wait until the last minute to reserve lodging for June through September and winter holiday periods--those times fill up fast.

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