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Day Trips- Sonora, Columbia, & Yosemite

Day Trips- Sonora, Columbia, & Yosemite

Looking for a a little more California experience to add to your Yosemite vacation? How about a 1 hour day trip to historical Columbia and the town of Sonora. Not far from the northern side of Yosemite are a few Gold Country towns that can add a little variety to the natural and majestic beauty of Yosemite. Yosemite is an incredible place to visit and the wildlife and natural surroundings can keep you entertained for a number of days, but there are also a number of other nearby sites to see. The Sonora area is the largest local town above Yosemite and has a number of large and smaller retail stores for shopping. Sonora is also home to a couple of quality theaters where the talent might just surprise you and productions take place year round.  There are a number of food choices and restaurants but make sure to...

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Columbia Historical Landmark

Columbia Historical Landmark

The small town and historical landmark of Columbia is located just outside of Sonora right off Highway 49.  Columbia State Historic Park is about as close as you can get to experiencing the look and feel of an actual gold rush town featuring the largest single collection of existing gold rush-era structures in the state. Today you can still experience the feelings of an old mining town, on weekends you will find people walking the streets and merchants dressed in 1850’s attire, a vintage Bowling alley and a real blacksmith shop. A popular attraction and sight is that of a stagecoach pulling into town! Yes you can see and even ride a stage coach with real horses and actors to make the experience even more real.  You can Pan for gold and enjoy the history of California’s gold rush while your here.  Be sure to stop in at the...

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Fallon House Theatre

Fallon House Theatre

As you pass through Columbia you can see the Fallon Theatre located in a historical building the 120 year-old theatre in Columbia State Historic Park includes 274 seats, including a balcony. Rebuilt after it burned in the great fire of 1857.  Owen Fallon rebuilt the theatre but the second building was also destroyed by fire just two years later in 1859. Having learned his lesson, the third building was built of brick and opened in 1860 as the Fallon House. In 1947  the California State Park System purchased the theatre from the University of the Pacific and included this in the beginnings of Columbia State Historic Park. The theatre continued to be used by University of the Pacific theatrical students for summertime performances until 1982. In 1983, the entire structure was restored and opened as the Fallon House Hotel and Theatre. After the restoration, the Columbia Community College Drama Department produced shows...

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Free Entertainment in the Motherlode

Free Entertainment in the Motherlode

If you’re looking for bargains and deals on things to do in the Motherlode area here are a few places to consider.  For visitors and tourist some of the places that you can enjoy locally are completely free and you can even eat and shop on a budget with a great selection of local bargains. Our first choice for a day trip would be Columbia, this historic town is a great place for a family to walk around and see the sights. Recognized as a Historical State Park, Parking is free and the downtown main street is closed to vehicles so people can walk and enjoy  the town on foot. Columbia is full of historic sights and has numerous places for great photos. Free and bargain activities include gold panning, rock climbing,  candle dipping, stagecoach rides, ghost tours, a blacksmith shop and more.  Pizza and sarsaparilla sodas are a...

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