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The Wild Beauty Of Tuloumne County

Tuolumne (rhymes with “follow me”) County, located 2 ½ hours east of the San Francisco Bay Area, is a pristine, scenic expanse reaching from the foothills into the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Gold was discovered in Tuolumne County in 1848, setting off the major gold rush of 1849.

The main highways leading to the picturesque drive from San Francisco and East Bay Area are Highways 108 and 120 from the west and Highway 49 from the north. The CA Highway 120 entrance to Yosemite National Park is considered the “front door” of the park for the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Stanislaus National Forest, Yosemite National Park and other surrounding areas provide natural vistas and settings for hiking, water skiing, horseback riding, rafting, camping, snowmobiling, boating, snow skiing, fishing and other outdoor activities. Historic hotels, golf courses, numerous and varied dining establishments, historic saloons, wineries and a hard cider distillery, train rides, casinos, museums, two state historic parks and live theatre are among the many other attributes that make the county a year-round vacation destination.

In October of 2016, National Geographic’s Digital Nomad Robert Reid visited Tuolumne County. He explored every corner of this beautiful and adventurous county! This is a quick overview of his time here.

The Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau operates two year-round Visitors Centers, and one seasonal, with friendly, knowledgeable staff who can help you plan your visit.

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While you are staying with us enjoy endless outdoor recreation, sight-seeing, star-gazing, history, shopping, wine and cider tasting and more. Mountains of adventure await…get going.


Ski, snowboard and snowshoe enthusiasts as well as those people who just enjoy playing and sliding in the snow have long been drawn to Tuolumne County every winter. Ice skating, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are some other winter favorites.


Catching the “Big One” is a relaxing way to get away from the stress of everyday life, and a picturesque way to get to know Tuolumne County.  All you need is a little bait, maybe a boat, and a love of the great outdoors to fish for trout, crappies, bluegills, catfish, kokanee, salmon, or bass.


You will never run out of trails to explore! An abundance of trails lead to spectacular vistas and unique geological formation like Highway 108’s Column of the Giants. Sonora’s urban escape trail, Dragoon Gulch, provides a bird’s eye view of its historic downtown.

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While in Yosemite, walk in the majesty of towering giant sequoias in the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias or in the incomparable and open scenery of Tuolumne Meadows, a spectacular subalpine meadow surrounded by granite domes and cliffs.


Visitors get an up close look at Giant Sequoias at two groves within the Park. See the largest living things on earth. Hike, camp and picnic. Big Trees was declared a state park in 1931 and now encompasses 6,498 acres (2,630 ha) in Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties.


Gold was discovered in Columbia on March 27, 1850. By 1870, the “Gem of the Southern Mines” produced more than $1 billion (in today’s figures). Today the town still bustles with shops, exhibits and the lively activity of the 1850’s.

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Located in Historic Downtown Sonora Emberz is Loud and full of Life…They have the only Wood-Fired Oven in Sonora and pride themselves on the unique style of food they serve.


CiBO is Twain Harte’s first farm to table classic Italian restaurant that will bring together community, sustainability and modern relevance. Their vision includes House made Italian food, a beer and wine bar, and an exhibition bakeshop.


Located in the Black Oak Casino, Seven Sisters is award-winning fine dining with a view. The freshest flavors meet classic entrees and gourmet specialties. Recipient of Wine Spectator Magazine’s Award of Excellence 2014 and 2015. Patio seating available. Reservations 209.928.9363.

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