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Fun Things To Do in Murphys

Fun Things To Do in Murphys

Wine Tasting Take a stroll along Murphy’s downtown streets and you will surely appreciate the beautiful scenery and variety of wine tasting options. This is a good way to jumpstart your visit or enjoy an afternoon with plenty of selections to choose from the wine tasting options at Murphy’s are well worth adding to your list of things to enjoy. Iron Stone Although we could just include Iron Stone as a winery to visit for wine tasting there is much more to this location than just the wine. Iron stone is the largest venue in the area for concerts, expos, exhibits and a museum. The grounds and gardens open to the public offer and amazing combination of trails, streams and ponds with picnic areas and plenty of locations for some amazing photos. If you happen to be in the area when a concert is at Iron stone this is...

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Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Big Trees State Park Calaveras Big Trees is a top destination of the Motherlode area. Open year round the park offers hiking and walking trails, fishing, river access, and camping, along with a visitors center and museum. The park offers numerous campsites during summer months and cabin rentals are also available. Named for the spectacular giant sequoia trees, the Park is home to the largest trees in the world which has created the longest continuously operating tourist attraction in California! The state park is located north of Arnold on Hwy 4, the North Grove trail is wheel chair accessible and is a beautiful way to see the trees. The visitor center and Museum are open year round and offer local crafts, toys and gifts as well. Bring a lunch or food with you as there are no restaurants onsite, drinking water is available. Plan a minimum of two hours for a...

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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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Visiting Yosemite National Park

Visiting Yosemite National Park

If your looking for California’s great natural wonders then Yosemite is a place to visit, and hopefully stay if you have the chance. Yosemite National Park lies on the Western side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and is approximately a one drive from Sonora. With an estimated ten million years in the making the natural wonders you’ll find here are worth the trip. The first thing that strikes you when visiting Yosemite is the stunning natural beauty throughout the park, as Yosemite is home to the best of what Mother Nature has to offer, including; wildlife, large open wilderness, ancient giant sequoias, great valley’s and magnificent waterfalls. The scenery and backdrops continuously amaze and as the seasons change so does the parks beauty. It’s no wonder that photographers from all around the world fall in love with these Sierra Nevada mountains.  The park is a popular destination so plan...

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