Sampling of Itineraries
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, your adventure begins here. We’ve put together a few detailed Sample Itineraries to help you plan your visit to this amazing County!
Here is a great itinerary for a 3-Day Yosemite, Gold Country History & High Country Tour!
Day 1 – The Yosemite Experience
- Visit the Yosemite Gateway Museum in Groveland, where you will 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 historic hotel.
- 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. 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.
- On to an informative history lesson at the Tuolumne County Museum and in downtown Sonora.
- 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 travel deep into the earth and tour a real working gold mine that has been operating for more than 100 years.
- 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 outstanding followed by live theatre in Columbia or Sonora.
Day 3 – The High Country
- Head east on Highway 108 and connect to Tuolumne Road.
- Stop at an old-fashioned foothill 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 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 Resort.
- Spend the day swimming, sailing, kayaking, or any variety of boating opportunities on a crisp clean alpine mountain lake. When its time to relax, just hang out on picturesque beach of Pinecrest Lake.
- Check in to accommodations at a country inn or 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 your night’s accommodations?
- Spend your day horseback riding or hiking and take in the unbelievable, breathtaking views and high country vistas.
- 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.