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Ultimate Guide to Summer Concerts in Tuolumne County
With endless summer activities to enjoy and breathtaking scenic destinations to experience, make sure to leave some room in your travel itinerary to celebrate summer in the cool evenings of Tuolumne County's various venues. From live music in the High Sierra pines to headliners in a foothill paradise, Tuolumne County is an authentic Northern California destination for entertainment. READ MORE >
Dog Friendly Jamestown, Ca
Tuolumne County welcomes dogs that adventure! Bring your rad pup along with you and explore Tuolumne County’s Jamestown. READ MORE >
8 Ways to Stay at a B&B in Tuolumne County
An authentically local experience starts with where you stay. In an area rich in Gold Rush history and dense natural beauty, it's no surprise that bed and breakfasts are a traveler's dream come true. Here's just a few reasons why we love recommending B&Bs. 1. Breakfast & Breakfast: When it comes to lodging perks, there's nothing better than sleeping in and enjoying a morning meal with a side of breathtaking views.… READ MORE >
Your Tuolumne County Wildflower Guide
Here in Tuolumne County, we are fortunate to have a very long wildflower season thanks to our varying elevations. In fact, you can catch wildflowers here from March to September so long as you know where to go. READ MORE >
FREE Fun In Tuolumne County
Looking for big fun on a tight budget? Tuolumne County is full of FREE activities for everyone. Start planning a priceless memory making vacation with these 12 unique things to do around Yosemite, Gold Country, and the High Sierra. READ MORE >
DO Go Chasing Waterfalls in Tuolumne County
Spring brings wildflowers, waterfalls and longer days to explore the abundance of adventure in Tuolumne County. This winter season has brought us a wealth of snow and rain, leaving us in awe of the local watering holes. The High Sierra snowfall will extend the lifetime of our waterfalls, making this year one for the books. There’s no better time than NOW to hit the trail and chase some waterfalls. Here’s… READ MORE >
Family Explorations in Tuolumne County
Tuolumne County is an all-season destination for family fun. Make historic discoveries in Gold Country, plan a mountain adventure in the High Sierra, and visit the iconic Yosemite National Park all while enjoying the affordable lodging accommodations the area has to offer. Get started on planning your thrilling family getaway with these three adventures! READ MORE >
5 Reasons to Visit Tuolumne County this Spring
Tuolumne County sings a song of spring as the flower covered, green earth and snow-melt filled rivers come to life with opportunities of adventure. We've put together a list of some seasonal MUSTS that will have you booking your flight, packing the car, and making the trip. 1. Wildflower BloomsSunny spring days are meant to be spent on the trails. At Westside Trail in Tuolumne, wildflowers happily make an appearance along… READ MORE >
A Snow Day in Tuolumne County's High Sierra
Tuolumne County’s High Sierra views are transformed in the winter months, making this all-season destination a true paradise for lovers of the outdoors. My fiancé, and I took a drive up our favorite highway for a snowy escape and we had an amazing experience. We’re both locals of Tuolumne County, so when we spotted a sunny day after some major snowfall, we knew we had to take a trip up… READ MORE >
3 Romantic Getaways in One Destination
From epic engagement spots to secluded escapes, Tuolumne County has lovers running to the mountains. Discover this hidden gem escape for an unforgettable Yosemite, Gold Country, and High Sierra vacation.High SierraFor those who want to snuggle in a cabin, under a blanket of stars, or by an outdoor fire pit, the snuggle is real in the High Sierra. The small town of Twain Harte is for sweethearts. With secluded cabins at Lazy Z Resort, lovers can disconnect from… READ MORE >
5 Coffee Shops We Can't Get Enough Of
Hot or iced? No matter the day or adventure, it all starts with a cup of coffee. Enhance your experience in Tuolumne County and keep it local at these charming cafes.1. Browns CafeColumbia is like stepping back in time to the Old West, where there is gold panning, stagecoach rides, and good coffee. Brown’s, on this western Main Street, is a dog friendly coffee shop with a menu fit for… READ MORE >
Your Tuolumne County Bucket List of Adventure
New year, NEW adventures. It's 2019 and time to start planning ahead, setting goals, and climbing mountains (literally and figuratively) in Northern California's Tuolumne County. Find inspiration in these all-season fun activities and monthly highlights throughout Yosemite, Gold Country and High Sierra.JanuarySnowshoe amongst majestic giants and winter silence in the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias in Yosemite National Park.Take the family ice skating in the fun atmosphere at the Long… READ MORE >
Tuolumne County Adventures For Your Zodiac Sign
New year, same sign. 2019 is for living your truth and embracing your soulful energy. Plan your New Year vacation with the confidence of what will nourish your sense of self and adventure. So, what’s your sign?Aries (March 20-April 20): Tap into your endless fearlessness and eagerness for action with a rock climbing trip to Yosemite's Tuolumne Meadows. No matter your level of expertise, fun-filled adventure awaits. Mix it up with a… READ MORE >
6 Tips for Visiting Yosemite National Park During the Partial Government Shutdown
Although the government shutdown has affected some of the amenities visitors expect to encounter when entering federal lands, Yosemite National Park and our National Forest remain OPEN and accessible by visitors who still wish to visit the them during this time. It is important to remember that normal rules and regulations still apply, and violators will be cited.1.Pack It ALL Out- and Get Rewarded!With no one to tend to the… READ MORE >
20 Ways to Experience Winter in Tuolumne County
Tuolumne County is where winter wonders await and adventurous memories are made. Now's the time to enjoy the less crowded Yosemite National Park, Gold Country, and High Sierra. Travel to our affordable, vacation destination and experience winter like never before.1. The snow is falling, and Dodge Ridge Ski Area is calling! Catch the winter wave and hit the slopes in the High Sierra. Be a part of the many generations of skiers… READ MORE >
Hit the Mother Lode of Food in Tuolumne County
Need some foodie inspiration, something to fill travel desires and taste buds too Northern California's Tuolumne County is a travelers playground and a foodies paradise. Take the road less traveled and discover Yosemite National Park, Gold Country, and the High Sierra. Feed your travel needs, literally, with fresh farm to table dishes, rustic wood oven pizzas, and rich fondue. Here are the six eatery suggestions for hitting the Mother Lode… READ MORE >
Pairing Food with Adventure in Tuolumne County
When the holidays are over, fill the void in your empty stomach with delicious foods in Yosemite, Gold Country, and High Sierra. January is California’s Restaurant Month and we’re going ALL OUT to eat in Tuolumne County. With endless opportunities for adventure, we have come up with FIVE itineraries that revolve around some favorite local restaurants:High SierraWhere To Eat: Twain Harte is a little mountain town along Highway 108 in Tuolumne… READ MORE >
25 Days of Adventure in Tuolumne County
Tuolumne County is where winter wonders await and adventurous memories are made. This year, we're celebrating 25 days of authentic holiday adventures in Yosemite National Park, Gold Country, and High Sierra. Travel to our winter vacation destination, make every day count, and experience December like never before.1. The snow is falling, and Dodge Ridge Ski Area is calling! Catch the winter wave and hit the slopes in the High Sierra. Be a… READ MORE >
Winter Wonders Await in Tuolumne County
If the season is right, Northern California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains will be covered in a blanket of white. Traveling from the San Francisco Bay Area winter wonders are less than a three-hour drive to the East, landing travelers in the picturesque historical mountain getaway known as Tuolumne County. With Yosemite National Park, The High Sierra Mountains, and California Gold Country there are plenty of winter activities to suffice the niche of any traveler in search… READ MORE >
Stargazing in Tuolumne County
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.Adventure After DarkYosemite 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… READ MORE >
A Hometown Traveler for the Holidays
There's no place like home for the holidays! Rediscover Tuolumne County this season and become a hometown traveler. How familiar are you with your old stomping grounds? We've come up with a few places/events that will refresh your hometown experience and leave you feeling like a true local. Take a look at our recommendations below see how you rank on our scale, and take your Tuolumne County pride further by… READ MORE >
It's Ale Good in Tuolumne County
If you’re looking for cool vibes and cold ones, Tuolumne County is the place to be. Whether you’re making a post-hike celebration stop or taking on the town with a bar hop, we’ve got a few recommendations for you.Don’t Worry be Hoppy CRAFT beer here! Sonora Tap Room has 20 taps, a bottle fridge stocked with rare and interesting options to-go, and Jenga. Wandering the downtown for the year-round 2nd… READ MORE >
Stay the Pioneer Way in Tuolumne County
Have you ever wondered what it was like to experience life in the Gold Rush days? What if that experience was only a short drive from the iconic Yosemite National Park? Head to Northern California’s Tuolumne County for some flashback features.Wild West WagonsYosemite Pines RV Resort and Family Lodging is taking it back to the pioneering era for an overnight stay on the outskirts of Yosemite National Park. Sleep in the all-new Conestoga… READ MORE >
Fall for All the Senses in Tuolumne County
We feel like we're falling for fall, but it's more than just a feeling -it's all of the senses combined! The sights, the tastes, the smells. Experience a different side of Yosemite National Park in the quieter and less crowded destinations. Watch as history comes to life with local tales of legends and as nature makes it's noise of loud autumn colors in Gold Country. Temperatures are dropping and cooler adventures are found… READ MORE >
Fall is the New Summer in Tuolumne County
Orange is the New Black, 30s are the new 20s and guess what? Fall is the new Summer. Summer trends brought road trips, unicorn rafts, and hiking adventures. What if these beloved trends didn’t have to end on Labor Day Weekend? What if there was a place where in fall, road trips to the High Sierra are filled with foliage, Gold Country had lakes still warm enough to float in,… READ MORE >
Exploring Tuolumne County's Gold Country
Tuolumne County has been home to my family for four generations. We spent most of our pastime enjoying the plethora of activities this beautiful rural county has to offer. From paddle boarding at Pinecrest and camping in the vast Emigrant Wilderness to stepping back in time with the multiple historical locations across the county.My wife Lizzie and I recently spent the weekend perusing the seemingly endless attractions of Tuolumne County; reminiscing of our childhood as well… READ MORE >
A Couple of Days on Highway 108
While I had been out multiple times already this summer, the trips were less on the relaxingside. I was looking to keep the adventure alive and let loose, and experience all that the Sierrahas to offer, while still remaining comfortable in bed, eating well and bringing the pup with me. Itwas an easy choice to choose an area, as Highway 108/Sonora Pass has been a go to for a fewyears… READ MORE >
Tuolumne County is a Rock Climber's Playground
Go on a vertical adventure in Tuolumne County and join an upbeat culture of climbers in conquering world class climbs in Northern California.   Yosemite National ParkIts no secret that Yosemite National Park is a destination like no other for rock climbing. This world renowned destination has drawn the climbing culture for decades. Tuolumne County makes up over 50% percent of the park including Tuolumne Meadows. This natural playground is a… READ MORE >
Experience Tuolumne County, Groveland Style
When Spring has sprung and we are well on our way to Summer, Tuolumne County is always calling. You may have Yosemite in your minds eye for Summer vacation but there are more than a few gems outside the park that you should add to your vacation plans. Groveland The small town of Groveland, the closest to Yosemite and situated on the direct route to Yosemite from all Northern California, is a… READ MORE >
Get in on the BEST Kept Secret of Northern California's Passes
By Katie Kirkland, Communications and Tourism Manager Open seasonally, the Tuolumne County mountain passes are exclusive to selfie connoisseurs and travel enthusiasts looking for the most stunning scenery. Every turn is picture perfect, so now is time to explore the breathtaking High Sierra. Experience the enchantment of unique and incredible mountain formations and beautiful rivers and streams along Sonora Pass, Highway 108. Behold the beauty of Yosemite National Parks less explored… READ MORE >
The Sounds of Summer
With endless summer activities to enjoy and breathtaking scenic destinations to experience, make sure to leave some room in your travel itinerary to celebrate summer in the cool evenings of Tuolumne Countys various venues. Its time to get outside and get groovin to the sounds of summer.Concerts in the Pines: Theres no better way to end a High Sierra day than with a Concert in the Pines at Eproson Park. Centrally located,… READ MORE >
Winter Getaway Inspiration
by Mackenzie Rodgers, Digital Content Coordinator Our locals have been captivated by High Sierra winters since 1850. Now, its your turn to come explore Tuolumne County's variety of activities.Ice Skating in a Historic Lodge Located just off of Highway 108 is Long Barn Lodge, a hidden gem destination that stands out for its 49er roots and mountaineering spirit. Once an actual barn built to house miners mules in the gold rush… READ MORE >
Teen Travel Inspiration
By Katie Kirkland, Communications and Tourism Manager and Mackenzie Rodgers, Digital Content CoordinatorInstant adventure is found where Yosemite National Park, High Sierra mountains, and Historic Gold Country meet. Tuolumne Countys incredible outdoors and pioneer culture have inspired travel of all ages since its founding in 1850. Paddle boarding is a new craze and Pinecrest Lake offers a beginners version. With rentals nearby and yoga classes in the mornings, they'll have plenty… READ MORE >
Tuolumne County Wine and Cider Tasting
There is no doubt California is known for it's amazing wine country.What you might not know is you can experience a little slice of California Wine Country right here in Tuolumne County. If you are a wine connoisseur or just someone who loves enjoying a glass of award-winning wine or cider after a hike in a breathtaking location, then you are in for a real treat. Whether you're exploring Yosemite… READ MORE >
Tuolumne County is the Bay Area's Closest Snow Play
by Mackenzie Rodgers, Digital Content Coordinator Just 2.5 hours from the San Francisco Bay Area, Tuolumne County is full of winter activities fit for both extreme and leisurely adventures. 1. Dodge Ridge Ski Resort has winter fun for everyone! With 61 runs, 12 lifts, 1,600 vertical feet, 3 dining facilities, rental equipment and superb adult/children learn-to-ski or ride programs, this ski park will make Tuolumne County your new favorite winter destination.… READ MORE >
MUST DO Experiences in Tuolumne County
by Mackenzie Rodgers, Digital Content CoordinatorBike to Lyons Reservoir: The Sugar Pine Interpretive Trail from Twain Harte to Lyons Reservoir is a friendly 4.8-mile trail of fairly flat terrain perfect for anyone to ride. Originally part of the Sugar Pine Railway used for logging, this historic trail will take you through a beautifully forested area featuring views of the South Fork Stanislaus River Canyon with the destination being Lyons Reservoir.Yoga… READ MORE >
Tuolumne Countys Top 12 Unique Gift Ideas for the Holidays
by Mackenzie Rodgers, Digital Content CoordinatorIf you're looking for the perfect gift that you'll only find in Tuolumne County, we've got your "nice" list covered.Tickets to a Theatre Performance: Sierra Repertory Theatre does year-round live theatre performances! Give the gift of entertainment this holiday.Paint a Gift: Take a class at Brush and Cork and create a masterpiece worth giving or gift a class.Stocking Stuffers: Find a unique pair of socks for… READ MORE >
Ways to Play on a Rainy Day in Tuolumne County
by Mackenzie Rodgers, Digital Content Coordinator The rain will go away, but in the meantime, here are some things to help you enjoy your stay. 1. Shop Like a Local Dont let the rain stop you from exploring the ins and outs of the historic towns of Sonora, Jamestown and Columbia. Wander collectable, antique shops, or browse for the perfect rain coat in one of the many unique boutiques. Explore the inside of… READ MORE >
Girlfriend's Getaway in Tuolumne County
by Mackenzie Rodgers, Digital Content Coordinator Need to get away with your BFFs Hiking, drinking, and laughing Tuolumne County has a little bit of everything you could want. Did you know that Tuolumne County makes up over 50% of Yosemite National Park And let me tell ya, theres nothing like a 4-mile hike to Wapama Falls in Hetch Hetchy at Yosemite National Park to forget about the worlds problems. Release Your Free… READ MORE >
Cast Your Line in Tuolumne County
It's a fisherman's paradise in Tuolumne County. From the alpine lakes of the High Sierra to the foothill reservoirs to the Tuolumne River, they're the perfect spots for anglers of all experience and variety. Fishing the Emigrant Wilderness lets you get off the beaten path, take in the breath-taking beauty of the High Sierra and keep yourself supplied in fish dinners for your trip. You can also fish on the… READ MORE >
Summer Unplugged: A Technology Detox
by Mackenzie Rodgers, Digital Content CoordinatorWhether its work related, educational, or social, technology has been a focus of nearly everything we do. Believe me, I get it. As a digital content coordinator for Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau, my job revolves around the stuff. I live on social media, but that doesnt mean I thrive on it. Im a Tuolumne County local, and I take pride in where I live, so… READ MORE >
Gain Some Altitude & Cool Off in the High Country
Both of Tuolumne County's mountain passes are open for the season, so it's time for you to explore the breathtaking High Sierra. Experience the enchantment of unique and incredible mountain formations and beautiful rivers and streams along Sonora Pass, Highway 108. Behold the beauty of Yosemite National Park's less explored alpine meadows and mountain peaks along Tioga Pass, Highway 120. Explore both scenic mountain passes or take some extra time… READ MORE >
Bring Your Four Legged Family
We know our four-legged family needs a vacation too. Tuolumne County offers plenty of dog-friendly activities. Here are some ideas for your pet-friendly vacation. Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails There are many dog friendly hikes near Yosemite. What better way to explore the region than hiking with your dogs through some of the most beautiful terrain in California. Dragoon Gulch Trail in Sonora is a 2.5 mile loop that follows Woods Creek. Enjoy the… READ MORE >
It's wild all these flowers!
As the age old saying goes April showers bring May Flowers! Here in Tuolumne County we are fortunate to have a very long wildflower season thanks to our varying elevations. In fact, you can catch wildflowers here from March to September so long as you know where to go! We have put together some insider tips for catching that perfect shot or just smelling roses. As your out and about… READ MORE >
Top 7 Reasons to Visit Highway 120 Today!
While an incredible rainy season has a portion of Highway 120 temporarily closed beyond Crane Flat towards Yosemite Valley, there's plenty of reasons to keep your plans to visit, including visiting the under loved but so amazing (and open!) north side of Yosemite. Here's more reasons why you should head on up Highway 120:The Hills are Alive Its been a while since we have seen the rolling foothills leading into Tuolumne… READ MORE >
Ten Winter Weather Options to Slow Down, Stay Dry and Drink-Up in Northern California's Quaint Gold Country Towns
The forecast for this time of year is wet weather, and while California always needs it, its not always a welcome sight for visitors who have planned a trip to the Gold Country area along Highway 49. The county's main visitors center (542 Washington Street in historic Sonora) hears a familiar children's song in visitor comments: Its raining, its pouring, I think this place is boring, what's there to do… READ MORE >
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