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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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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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Iron Stone

Iron Stone

Ironstone takes its name from the impossibly hard schist and limestone formations from which the winery’s foundation and companion caverns were blasted and drilled.  Ironstone Vineyards is much more than a winery, the grounds cover approximately 100 acres and includes a large entertainment complex, tasting room and a museum that is surrounded by some spectacular gardens, wedding grounds, trails and a pond all of which seem picture perfect. The outdoor amphitheater can seat approximately  6000 guests  and features a summer concert lineup that includes some of the areas best entertainment.  Wine tasting and a deli are available during the day as well as a shop where some foods and gift items can be purchased. Check the schedule for concerts, expos, cooking classes and other demos and if you happen to be in the area this is one place you don’t want to miss....

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The Top Tourist Activities In California

The Top Tourist Activities In California

Imperial Beach Death Valley San Diego There are few areas in the United States, and in the world for that matter, that offer the sheer abundance and diversity in terms of tourism that can be found in the state of California. The state is home to many different attractions, both natural and man made, and tourists can find any taste for travel that they may have satisfied in this most populous state. Natural Eco-tourists have always been drawn to California due to many of the natural attractions found there. In fact, California’s natural wonders hold several records, and in order to preserve this legacy there are several National Parks set up throughout the state. Here are some of the most popular natural attractions and activities in the state. – California Redwoods. California is the home to the tallest organisms on earth, the giant redwoods. These trees can be found...

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