In a recent global survey 87% of people said they wanted to travel more sustainably. As in-person meetings are coming back after the pandemic, meeting and conference facilities across California are making it easier than ever to host green events throughout the Golden State.
If you’re planning a road trip, a family vacation, or just sightseeing, start with this list of the 10 most beautiful weekend getaways in California.
Grab a thermos of steaming, pumpkin-spiced something and hit the road to see oaks, aspens, dogwoods, and willows cloaked in their candy-colored coats.
No matter what backdrop you envision for your dream wedding and honeymoon, California delivers! From the snow-capped High Sierra mountains and coastal bluffs to dramatic desert landscapes and lush vineyards, no state offers such a sheer abundance of inspiring vistas.
Scared yet? Pack family or friends in the car and head to one of these destinations near you that offer something for everyone craving some frighting entertainment this fall.
If you’re looking for a place to stay outside Yosemite National Park or a way to extend your stay, one of the best places to look is Tuolumne County.
Under three hours from the San Francisco Bay area, Tuolumne County is home to the High Sierras, a place filled with fall foliage.
A writer went searching for Asian American history in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, where thousands of Chinese immigrants labored during the Gold Rush but where traces of their presence are few.
Below, see our list of the best Airbnbs to stay at while you listen to Red (Taylor’s Version) once it releases in November. (And don’t forget to pack some tissues for the 10-minute version of “All Too Well”!!!)
Visit Tuolumne County today announced the launch of its newest program, the Trail Heads, designed to help visitors enjoy the outdoors and serve as a resource for hikers, bikers, horseback riders and all trail enthusiasts.
That can make for a wide range of ideas so we narrowed it down to a few destination ideas and perhaps these will serve you well when planning this summer’s itinerary.
Despite its small size, there are a few nice places to drink craft beer in Sonora, including a brewery and a couple of beer bars.
Summer 2021 has some big shoes to fill. After all, things appear to be trending more towards normal than the previous summer season and people are ready to get out and enjoy their vacation time like never before – or at least much differently than Summer 2020!
"People need to go to Wapama Falls, they need to see these cliffs and Kalana rock, and the wildflowers here and see how gorgeous a part of Yosemite Hetch Hetchy really is."
The team at American Coach have recommended ten RV-friendly destinations and attractions in this compilation of lesser-known or remote sites that embody the national impact of the July 4th celebration. All the destinations have been selected based on their historic, patriotic, or All-American flair.
These hotels, cabins, and campgrounds help you maximize your time in the park—and they still have space available this summer.
Take some time this summer to explore the Golden State by visiting the following destinations for an enjoyable trip kayaking, diving, whale watching, sunset paddle boarding and more.
Throughout the West, you’ll find the remnants of these “Boom and Bust” towns scattered around the countryside, some found right off the road while others may require a hike or bumpy ride into the mountains. Though the towns might be long abandoned, their rich history continues to tell a tale.
There’s so much to do all along the West Coast that everyone should get to see some of it at least once. If you’re willing to experience an earthquake or two, this coastline has something for everyone.
This is the dead tunnel tree in Tuolumne Grove – also known simply as the “Dead Tree.” It’s one of the more popular attractions at Yosemite.
Yosemite is one of the oldest National Parks in the country, and in our very biased opinion as Yosemite’s Bay Area-based neighbors, it’s also the best. And the most beautiful. But hey, don’t take our word for it – just ask John Muir or Ansel Adams.
During the hottest days of summer, the best way to enjoy Yosemite National Park is to spend most of your time in the higher elevations, in the eastern side of the park, along Tioga Road.
From the best views, best hikes, to the best of the coast, Northern California offers an extensive list of must-see places. Here’s some of the best things to do on a weekend getaway in Northern California.
For 15 of the best trails in the country, keep reading. For unforgettable foot-to-earth memories, take those vacation days already.
Listen to The Travel Guys on KFBK-AM talk about the Mother lode Fair and Visit Tuolumne County's new Trailheads program.
Here are five of the best regional wellness getaways, both big and small, lesser-known and established, offering everything from transformational sleep treatments to ancient water rituals so visitors can start anew.
Covering an area of just over 1.45 million acres, it is known for its pristine, scenic vistas reaching into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains providing miles of trails for keen, and amateur hikers alike in the great outdoors.
At the heart of it all lies Tuolumne Meadows, one of the largest meadows in the Sierra Nevada and the main access point for exploring much of Yosemite's higher elevations.
For thousands of Northern Californians, this will be the summer of the road trip.
This summer, when the cold of winter has dissolved into a glimmering warmth spanning all of California, crowds of friends and families will make the trek to experience the most life-changing natural phenomena the state offers – in Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks.
Earn your digital hiking cred with a new Trail Heads program that rewards you with badges for hikes you complete in Tuolumne County.
Be Dareful in Tuolumne County. Tuolumne County is a pristine, scenic expanse reaching into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
As we welcome back a "mostly" normal summer, your families will want to get back out there and enjoy our local area. Bookmark this list to refer back to when you just need help making fun plans with your kids!
Columbia Airport is a gold mine for aviation enthusiasts. It’s one of the few airports on the West Coast with a grass runway and a full-service campground. It has a flight school that offers biplane training and an old S-2 air tanker on display that has attracted visitors from as far as Denmark.
Visit Tuolumne County launched a new program for residents and visitors that will help outdoor enthusiasts enjoy Mother Nature.
Fishing is the perfect way to spend quality time with your dad. Getting out on the water and away from the stress of day to day life.
You’ll find more than your fair share of magnificent public lands in Northern California, from majestic Yosemite National Park to the towering Redwood National and State Parks.
With help from hotel and destination partners, meeting professionals are getting back into ballrooms with careful protocols and increasing confidence.
Shorter trips for higher elevations and slightly longer hikes for low elevations are key, and beautiful scenery, of course.
For those who have no choice but to travel during peak season and are determined to see some of the most popular national parks, there are a few ways you can try to avoid the worst of the high season.
One of the most magical rides in California can be taken on the 206-mile long Highway 120 that runs from Manteca in the west to Benton in the east.
In honor of Arbor Day, Visit Tuolumne County partnered with Pinecrest Expedition Academy, whose students planted a new grove of Giant Sequoias at the iconic Kennedy Meadows Resort & Pack Station nestled in the Sierra Nevada.
In addition to the Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park also has plenty of meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area as well as other valleys for you to explore.
This year, make your summer vacation a road trip all the way from northern California to southern California.
With all of the stress and tension that this last year has caused us, the added benefits of an outdoor spa treatment are not to be ignored. This includes a boost in serotonin from spending time in nature, resulting in a greater sense of happiness and well-being.
With summer just around the corner and local safety protocols in place, road trips have become just as popular if not more for thrillseekers.
Millions of people visit America’s national parks every year. And, those looking to maximize their outdoor experience may consider extending their stay at a nearby campground.
Here are ten top ideas for those planning ahead. Each offers something different from the 'fly and flop' style trip and will appeal to couples looking for a honeymoon with some serious wow factor.
Hetch Hetchy is the only part of Yosemite National Park where day-use visitors can enter later this spring and summer without a day-use reservation.
Not all outdoor adventures call for roughing it. Glamping – or “glamourous camping” – is a fun alternative to staying in tents or RV’s while being close to nature.
The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. Nowadays, happenings are sprinkled throughout April and combined with other events, such as National Park Week. Many people (I’m one of them) believe that every day is Earth Day.
Landing a campground in the Yosemite area is nearly impossible. Reservations open up months in advance in an online lottery system, and they’re usually booked within minutes. Backpacking is a fun alternative, but visitors still need a permit and plenty of know-how to stay safe in the wilderness.
Rush Creek Lodge quietly debuted their one-of-a-kind spa earlier this year, but with travel slowly picking up again it’s time to officially re-announce the opening of the brand new 5,000 square foot Rush Creek Spa.
An April adventure that's built around blossoms is best served by tracks, a storied train, and a slice of Gold Country that hasn't changed all that much over the decades.
Known as a gateway to the beauty of Yosemite National Park, there are many things to do in the area. Reps of the County’s tourism industry suggest you discover unique shopping, food and outdoor adventures during your next getaway. Here's what's new in Tuolumne County this spring:
Golf with the View of Yosemite in Tuolumne County. The hills of Tuolumne County are both picturesque and challenging, with local course options covering a variety of landscapes and views from the lower foothills to the high country of Twain Harte or Pine Mountain Lake.
Sitting down to write an article about the California 395 corridor stirs a conflicting range of emotions within me, mostly because I want to share this magical area with others, but in doing so, I worry that these places might end up getting “loved to death”. But then I remembered two things.
California’s glorious 1,100-mile coastline gets all the attention when the sun comes out. But for an alternative way to keep cool, why not consider taking the plunge into a natural pool instead? California is brimming with them, from sprawling lakes to historic pools.
At the new spa at the Rush Creek Lodge at Yosemite in California, whole families are invited to hop in the hot tub, splash in the mineral showers, relax in the sensory room, and swing on the daybeds in the dedicated outdoor space
These are some of our tips for finding beautiful, less crowded spots and precious moments of solitude, even in the most popular of these wonderful destinations, based on our many years of visiting, working and living in the national parks.
If you think luxury and Yosemite are mutually exclusive terms, then you probably haven’t yet heard of the area’s newest hotel, Rush Creel Lodge. Just thirty minutes from the Yosemite Valley, this gorgeous kid-friendly lodge is a welcoming retreat for exhausted day hikers and nature-starved urbanites.
While many travelers have their sights set on beautiful destinations around the globe they need to look no further than their own backyard. The U.S. has many destinations that will 'wow' and 'awe' any type of traveler. Check out this list of impressive places in the U.S. that will take your breath away.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) advises wildflower enthusiasts to Know Before You Go and plan ahead as they make plans for wildflower viewing.
One silver lining to the pandemic has been a surge in travel to America's National Parks, many of which logged record crowds last year. With its wide-open spaces allowing for a classic and socially distanced back-to-nature escape, if a trip to Yosemite sounds tempting (or has been on the bucket list for a while), the spa getaway package at Rush Creek Lodge could serve as the incentive needed for a few days of R&R in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
After a year of California COVID-19 closures, we could all use a day of rest and relaxation. Seriously, when was the last time you enjoyed a spa day? If it dates back to the pre-COVID times, your aching body is likely begging for a massage—or any restorative treatment that melts away stress.
Whatever you’d like to call the moonlight reflecting off waterfall droplets, the photographs of these things beneath starry skies are absolutely incredible. And, Yosemite National Park is one of the best places in the world to behold a moonbow.
Kicking off in March, the hotel is hosting a year-long celebration that looks back at its rich history as a traveler favorite.
For travelers who enjoy a pint, a pour or a cocktail, happy hour can be the highlight of a day on the road. And although there’s nothing wrong with taking a load off in a hotel bar, a better way to go is to visit a legendary local drinking establishment.
Wildflower season is beginning! Below are some of the places where visitors can safely and sustainably enjoy spring blooms across California. While visiting, be sure to maintain six feet from others, sanitize your hands frequently and wear face coverings when in close proximity to other hikers. Also, be sure to observe all trail signs and keep your pet on leash to preserve the flowers for future visitors.
And happily for those who prefer comfort over roughing it, rustic is not the only option. Just outside Yosemite National Park, for example, Rush Creek Lodge’s accommodations include standalone cabins and villas with hundreds of acres of open space to let everyone spread out.
Think you already know everything about our nation’s most iconic park? Think again. There’s so much beyond its famed Yosemite Valley, from seldom visited waterfalls to the underappreciated backcountry beyond Tuolumne Meadows.
Located on the outskirts of Yosemite National Park, the newly opened Spa at Rush Creek Lodge offers a Zen retreat from the stresses of the everyday.
This feature focuses upon nearby local destinations offering fresh air, hiking/biking opportunities, stellar views and historical significance.
After an abrupt and early end to last year’s ski season, resorts throughout the country have been working tirelessly to develop safety measures to open this season. Resorts have invested millions of dollars in technology and sanitizing procedures to help guests maintain social distancing requirements and help prevent the spread of the virus.
Dore Bietz is an all-or-nothing woman who refuses to accept the word “can’t,” and whose subtle smile lines barely hint at her age. Quick to laugh, this self-assured, feisty, 54-year-old outdoorswoman is even quicker to lend a hand.
There’s something invigorating about spending time in the snow-covered peaks of the High Sierra. Maybe it’s the warm sunshine hitting your face or the crystals glistening below your feet. No matter the reason, it brings out the youthful spirit in all of us.
A century. That’s a long time to be around especially in the Sierra Nevada. Winter storms with heavy snowfall and hurricane–like winds. A barrage of summer fires. A continuous development of roads, freeways, and other buildings. And yet remains the oldest buildings in California High Sierra… a true testament of grit.
Whether you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city or enjoy a relaxing holiday with the family, there is a wide range of hotels and other lodging in Yosemite National Park.
The West Coast of the USA remains our favorite regions in the USA. The region is brimming with famous cities, iconic landmarks, stunning national parks, charming coastal towns, fascinating mountains, and a striking desert landscape. In short, the US West Coast is everything a traveler dreams of and beyond.
Since its inception in 1970, Black History Month has been a celebratory reminder of trailblazers and events that have broken barriers in the history of African diaspora. In honor of the special month, we encourage you to explore these sometimes lesser-known California tours, businesses, and stories that have played a momentous role in U.S. history and Black culture.
Blue Monday (18th January) is the most depressing day of the year... However, the color blue also symbolizes serenity, stability and calmness, and is thought to enhance your mood. Here's our pick of the most stunning blue locations from Morocco to Tahiti, for 2021 and beyond.
There’s a simplicity of the good old days that’s getting harder and harder to come across in this fast-moving society. Take some time to slow down and enjoy the simple things when you visit the B&B in Sonora that’s delightfully old-fashioned.
From a spa weekend in Yosemite to a restorative sleep retreat in Canyon Point, Utah, you don't have to have Rebel Wilson status to get your wellness goals in order.
In many ways travel can be good for the environment with many countries and tourist boards creating campaigns designed to give back to local communities and help wildlife thrive. In 2021 (VTC note: this is now scheduled for 2022) and a California first, Under Canvas Glamping Resort will open in Groveland. With 99 seasonal glamping units, the business prides themselves on its sustainability practices. Nearby attractions in Yosemite National Park include the mighty Hetch Hetchy Reservoir and Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias for multiple hiking opportunities and chasing waterfalls, not to mention proximity to the High Sierra and historic towns in the Gold Country.
To help support them further, we've compiled a list of 50 wineries in California and what they are doing to adapt and what you can do individually to help them during this challenging time.
Taking a road trip on Highway 49, also known as the Golden Chain highway, to visit California gold rush towns will transport you back to the 19th century.
The winter months are an exciting time for many with the coming days seeing in the next winter ski season. However, these wonderland winter months are not only for those who enjoy skiing . There are numerous ways to enjoy a winter snow holiday.
Relish some incredible frozen adventures without clipping into a pair of skis or snowboard. Swap skis for dog sledding in Japan, a snowboard for tubing in Pittsburgh or enjoy roaming around powder-dusted forests on snowshoes in Yosemite.
I’ve lived in Northern California for most of my life and didn’t think there was anything new to discover in my state, until the pandemic hit in 2020. In October 2020, I set out on a road trip to explore the California Gold Country with a fellow photographer friend from San Francisco, epic7travel. Our mission? To discover the historic gold-rush towns and the surrounding outdoors just a few hours from San Francisco and the Bay Area. Here are my top recommendations to add to your California must-do list.
A state park in Tuolumne County allows you to still experience the joys of the Gold Rush.
Sonora, California, is home to the last business with both a firearms and a liquor license in the state.
It takes a high clearance vehicle and good GPS coordinates to get to the 3,000 year-old Bennett Juniper tree.
Give the gift of travel this holiday season by planning future trips using special Black Friday and Cyber Monday discounts available at select properties throughout California. Visit individual business websites to view blackout dates and availability. These deals are valid on new reservations only, are not valid on reservations booked via a third party and cannot be combined with any other discounts.
From ghost towns to ranger housing these present historic sites in the Sierra Nevada give us a fun glimpse into the past.
GROVELAND, Calif. — Just outside the gates of Yosemite National Park, you'll find a camping experience like no other, one where you can sleep in a covered Conestoga Wagon.
JAMESTOWN, Calif. —When you think of the term "California celebrity," you may think of your favorite athlete, actor or leader. But there is a train in Tuolumne County that may be the most photographed in the world.
As we emerge from being locked in during lockdown, there feels like nothing better than planning a blowout trip with abig experience for 2021. As the trend towards adventure and outdoor travel grows, coupled with the increased desire for adrenaline-filled activities, we have compiled thrilling experiences from around the world to get travellers’ hearts racing.
Just 2.5 hours east of the San Francisco Bay Area, Tuolumne County is easily accessible year-round for all-season fun, adventure and memory-making moments. Comprising the High Sierra, Gold Country and the lion’s share of Yosemite National Park, visitors and families can step back in time amongst authentic Gold Rush towns, enjoy endless outdoor recreation and sight-seeing, explore state and national parks, get up and close with nature, wildlife and more.
Feel that nip in the early-morning air? That's right, fall is delivering cooler temperatures and shorter daylight hours—which signals California's broadleaf trees to get their colors on. Grab a thermos of steaming, pumpkin-spiced something, and hit the road to see oaks, aspens, dogwoods, and willows cloaked in their candy-colored coats. Some national forests and public lands are closed right now due to wildfire concerns, but you can still catch the leaf show at these spots, listed south to north:
Freed from the shackles of the office, workers are discovering that working from home can mean working from anywhere with a WiFi connection. Many of us can now exchange the drab walls of our make-shift home offices for views in beautiful destinations. Small boutique hotels in California fit the bill quite well with private, well-equipped workspaces in an array of appealing settings ranging from the beach to wine country to the mountains. A few are also offering special rates for digital nomads, including daytime bookings to use rooms for work at rates far below the average rate for an overnight stay.
From decompressing in a B&B to enjoying the wilderness the High Sierra will make sure that you find the serenity that you're looking for.
From Olympic dreams to gold fever, here are five important dates in the High Sierra history that helped to put California on the map both financially and internationally.
Fill your wanderlust by exploring these lesser-known Northern California wineries in the High Sierra
Ahead of the book launch Accidentally Wes Anderson by Wally Koval, based on the popular Instagram account of the same name, we take a look at Anderson-esque sites, buildings and landmarks in all their faded grandeur that transport us to the directors unique pop-pastel aesthetic from the USA to Japan and The Islands of Tahiti.
A pair of filmmakers based in Los Angeles were getting deep into pre-production on their latest movie when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March and forced a change of plans that brought them to Tuolumne County for the first time in their lives.
From the smallest county in the country to one that covers nearly 20,000 miles, read on to find which counties in your state has the most born-and-bred residents.
If three years ago somebody had mentioned to Rachel and Andrew Sabatine that a pandemic and apocalyptic fires were coming, they might have decided against launching a craft brewery. But nobody told them, so they went right ahead and dedicated their late 20s to Around the Horn Brewing Company, a Gold Rush-themed brewery they dreamed of opening 25 miles from Yosemite National Park’s Big Oak Flat entrance.
As we emerge from being locked in during lockdown, there feels like nothing better than planning a blowout trip with a big experience for 2021. As the trend towards adventure and outdoor travel grows, coupled with the increased desire for adrenaline-filled activities, we have compiled thrilling experiences from around the world to get travellers’ hearts racing.
From heliskiing in Canada, ziplining the highest line in America, bungee jumping off Japan’s highest bridge, swimming with sharks in The Islands of Tahiti and canyoning in Kyushu, we look at where will be wow in ‘21.
Lydia Cedrone and Justin LaReau of Los Angeles-based Tidal Wave Entertainment wrapped principal photography of the horror thriller Lantern’s Lane after shooting in July and August in Tuolumne County.
Theodore Roosevelt was onto something when he declared, “There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite.” Now, the Old Bull Moose's spot is completely blown up to the tune of 4 million annual visitors in normal times. With the pandemic forcing the park to limit access on a reservations-only basis, Yosemite is one of the hottest tickets in the country for road trippers. Yet despite demand, the chances of scoring entry are pretty slim.
But if you find yourself denied access to Half Dome, don't fret. Just outside of the park in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is a historic part of California most tourists don’t even realize exists. In Southern Gold Country, the nature's just as stunning, the Old West charm is abundant, and the options for adventure are endless.
To celebrate International Dog Day taking place on 26th August 2020, we highlight a number of fur-tastic events, hotels and eateries around the world that show their love and support for pups, mutts and pooches.
Located about an hour northwest of Yosemite’s Big Oak Flat Entrance, Tuolumne County (www.visittuolumne.com) makes the perfect stop along the way to the popular national park. Not only does the area offer some beautiful rugged scenery, but the large crowds that sometimes flock to Yosemite are refreshingly absent in this neck of the woods. And rural doesn’t necessarily mean inaccessible either, as there’s no shortage of trails, attractions and lodging options for wheelchair-users and slow walkers in this scenic foothill area.
In a time when the appeal of wide-open spaces and remote seclusion is paramount, Tuolumne County in California has travelers covered.
The county, home to a large swath of Yosemite National Park, is inviting visitors to “Wander Freely,” in their new travel campaign touting the many outdoor experiences that can be had without worrying about getting too close to another adventurer.
Many of us have been homebound, or mostly so, for almost three months — dreaming of past and future travels. With California counties beginning phased re-openings, as well as our state, national parks and hospitality businesses coming back online; it’s time to think “road trip.”
Here are suggestions for fun destinations just 2-3 hours from San Joaquin County. With each road trip, key landmarks, restaurants, lodging and nearby options are highlighted.
Can’t get out to see the world? Why not bring the world to you? There’s never been a better time to invite an authentic taste of some top culinary destinations into your own home.
Itching to travel but can’t? Here’s how to experience the world from home.
You can’t always go out and experience the world for real (unfortunately!) but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience it from home.
One of the things I cherish most about travel is being able to bring a piece of my travels home with me. From home decor to new foodie finds, there’s nothing like reliving the memories of a treasured trip.
Every time I pick up a souvenir, product, or other item I acquired from around the world, I get a taste of travel without leaving home.
While COVID-19 might have us locked down at home, these virtual tours can help us plan for future travel with sustainability in mind.
While we stay put as a global community due to COVID-19, sustainability efforts are in the spotlight more than ever. As we embark on virtual travels. this Earth Day will be an unforgettable memory to share with future generations.
Ten of the most-popular national parks in the U.S. offer creative ways to explore the great outdoors without leaving your couch.
Here's some fun and unique ways to enjoy a High Sierra virtual tour from a safe and social distance.
California’s attractions are offering an escape to the millions of adventurers stuck at home through virtual travel and tourism experiences. Below are just a few of these offerings, which not only provide wholesome content for viewers to enjoy, but keep the Golden State top-of-mind for future travel.
We may not be able to physically travel right now but lockdown is the perfect opportunity to plan trips for the future, do research and gather inspiration. Here are 12 travel podcasts that will take you around the world with explorers, journalists, and local insiders.
What's New in California showcases new openings and developments happening across the Golden State. Find inspiration for stories revolving around accommodations, arts, and entertainment, culinary, family, major milestones, luxury, outdoor, shopping, spas, technology and tours, wellness and more.
Lockdown is the perfect opportunity to plan dream trips. These travel podcasts will take you around the world with explorers, journalists and local insiders
America's most eye-popping natural wonders aren't visible from any overlook parking lot—Mother Nature makes you work for it. Our favorite day hikes are worth the sweat for the highly 'grammable views.
Wide-open spaces abound in California—but you don’t have to be physically here to enjoy them these days. Lots of national and state parks, botanical gardens, and outdoor attractions are posting live cams and virtual tours that let you experience the hikes, sights, and scenery that await when you visit these locations later—from fields of orange poppies in L.A. County to the gurgling water of Channels Islands National Park to the street art of San Francisco.
In the face of adversity, California business owners, destination stewards and residents are rising up to provide relief to their fellow industry members and communities in any way possible. Discover the stories of individuals, businesses and communities leading by example and helping their own in uncertain times.