Gateway To Yosemite Tour

Yosemite Tour guide:

The ‘gateway’ leading into Yosemite provides access to giant sequoia trees, the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, old gold mining towns, state historic parks, dramatic river valleys and raging waterfalls. Come on along!

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Gateway To Yosemite Tour; The foothills of the central Sierra Nevada region feature well-preserved gold-rush-era towns, and consequently, movie history. We’ll take a trip back in time in Columbia State Historic Park, Sonora, and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown. We’ll drive to the funky town of Groveland on our way to Yosemite National Park, where we’ll visit the giant sequoia trees and the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir nestled in the now-flooded ‘Little Yosemite Valley.’ Lastly, we’ll discovered several ‘locals only’ waterfalls on the road into Yosemite. This is an excellent companion to the Yosemite Valley tour. Explore these and more with your expert personal guide, available 24/7 on your schedule!

Gateway to Yosemite Tour Highlights

  • Gateway Into Yosemite
  • Columbia Preserved
  • Jamestown: Railtown
  • Groovin’ in Groveland
  • North Yosemite
  • Waterfall Side Adventures
Transportation By Car
Specialty Historical/Heritage, Highway/Countryside
Tour Type Guided Tour – play before & while you tour
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  • Pan for gold at Columbia State Historic Park. Call (209)532-0150 for more information. Jamestown also offers private tours; visitors learn how to pan for gold, and then are taken out to the rivers so they may try their luck.
  • Tuolumne County is 133 miles east of San Francisco. The main roads on this picturesque drive are Highways 108 and 120 from the west and Highway 49 from the north. Highway 120 traverses a pristine expanse reaching into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The road is considered to be the most scenic and direct route to Yosemite National Park. Take your time getting to Yosemite; the drive is half the adventure!
  • Other historic sites and museums not covered in this tour but also worth a visit:
  • Tuolumne County Museum and History Center, Sonora (209)532-1317
  • Tuolumne City Memorial Museum, Tuolumne City (209)928-3516 Sonora Fire Department Museum, Sonora (209)532-7432
  • Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum, Groveland (209)962-0300
  • Veterans Memorial Hall and Military Museum, Sonora (209)533-0923
  • Other recreation areas worth a visit:
  • Yosemite National Park (209)372-0200
  • Emigrant Wilderness (209)532-3671
  • Stanislaus National Forest (209)532-3671
  • Don Pedro Lake (209)852-2396
  • New Melones Lake (209)785-3300
  • Lake Tulloch (209)881-0107

Brad Olsen

Brad Olsen is a Contributing Editor for World Explorer magazine and has written several guide books. His seventh, 'Sacred Places Europe: 108 Destinations,' was released in March, 2007. The second edition of "Sacred Places North America: 108 Destinations" was released in 2008 and won the "Best Travel Guide for Planet Earth" Award in 2010. Brad's commentaries have appeared on National Public Radio, CNN and the Travel Channel. He enjoys extended global travel (particularly to exotic locations), and public speaking on the subject of sacred places.


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