Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau-Northern California Yosemite Area Press Releases

Yosemite National Park's closest entrance from the San Francisco Bay Area—Highway 120 at Big Oak Flat – Reopens Just in Time for the start of Summer Travel

Record snow and rain is now on glorious display in it its reincarnated form of rushing waterfalls and raging rivers in the Yosemite National Park Area, in Northern California. This week, travelers can again access the valley in Yosemite directly from Tuolumne County's entrance in Groveland, California via the newly repaired and reopened Highway 120. The route had been closed since mid-February because of severe road damage from intense winter rains. Because it's only 133 miles from the San Francisco Bay Bridge to the National Park's Big Oak Flat entrance, Northern California visitors save about 90 minutes by taking Highway 120 into the park over other routes into the park. The famous waterfall season has been extended; Mother Nature says, “You're welcome.”


10 May, 2017
Ten Winter Weather Options to Slow Down, Stay Dry and Drink Up in Northern California's Quaint Gold Country Towns

Weather Forecast in in Northern California Yosemite Gold Country: All over Northern California visitors are conjuring up a familiar children's tune with new words: “It's raining, it's pouring, it's wet and cold and boring, what's there to do to have some fun 'til sun comes out in the morning.” It doesn't have to be gloom and doom – Tuolumne County (“To-All-O-Me”) in California's historic Gold Country area and front door to Yosemite National Park from the San Francisco Bay area, has some ideas for visitors to lay low and have fun – including museum hopping for history buffs and day drinking for the rest of us. The list of unique places to imbibe could be well worth the drive; only 2 ½ hours (133 miles, 200 km) away, plus live theatre, underground cave exploring and old fashioned ice skating...


10 January, 2017
A Quick Trip to Yosemite National Park Like President Obama and Family? We Have Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Visit, Even if Your Stay is as Brief as His.

Visitor Centers along Yosemite's busiest entrance in Tuolumne County offer advice, assistance, and good ideas to thousands of visitors each year...


5 August, 2016
Rush Creek Lodge Opens at Gateway to Yosemite National Park on June 24, 2016

The much-anticipated Rush Creek Lodge officially opens June 24, welcoming guests to the first new resort in the Yosemite region in more than 25 years. Conveniently located less than a mile from the park's Highway 120 West entrance, Rush Creek Lodge is a scenic three-hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area and is a sister property to the nearby historic Evergreen Lodge. Nestled on twenty woodland acres, the resort is a superbly designed “destination within a destination” that features 143 rooms, a grand main lodge, restaurant and tavern, a 2,400 square foot, heated, salt water swimming pool and hot tubs with poolside bar, full-service recreation department, general store, meeting and event space and a variety of innovative amenities for entertainment and relaxation...


21 June, 2016
12 Right-Now Reasons to visit Yosemite Gold Country in Northern California

The most direct route to Yosemite National Park from the San Francisco Bay Area takes travelers through the historic “Gold County” where gold was found and fortunes were made and lost along Highway 49. The county, called Tuolumne and pronounced “To-All-O-Me” includes two state historic parks and landmarks which check all the boxes of authenticity, a mountain pine lake for summer and winter sports, and the beckoning entrance to Yosemite National Park on scenic Highway 120, home to the charming and hospitable Groveland community, with the oldest drinking establishment in California...


16 June, 2016
Celebrating its 15th Anniversary, Black Oak Casino Resort Announces Casino Expansion

As part of its 15th anniversary celebration on May 15, Black Oak Casino Resort has announced the addition of 5,000 square feet of casino floor space. The new area will extend the existing casino interior, providing more comfortable spacing in the gaming areas while relocating and improving some of the amenities in the Resort. The expansion coincides with work on the first phase of Black Oak Casino Resort's RV park facility, which will include over 100 spaces with full hook-ups...


16 June, 2016
Railtown 1897 is Home to Sierra No. 3™ The “Movie Star Locomotive”

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) is home to the famous Sierra No. 3™, also known as the Movie Star Locomotive. Sierra Railway steam locomotive No. 3 has been a movie star since the early 1900s when Hollywood producers first discovered Tuolumne County and its historic trains. Since then, Hollywood has been filming this photogenic steam locomotive along the Sierra Railroad's scenic route to satisfy America's love affair with Westerns. Clint Eastwood is one of Sierra No. 3's co-stars and supporters. "The Sierra No. 3 is like a treasured old friend." It has starred in more than 100 movies and television productions and delights train lovers today with an authentic steam engine train ride through Northern California's picturesque Tuolumne County...


16 June, 2016
Hotel Guests Can Pan for Gold to Pay for their Stay in Northern California's Gold Rush Home of Jamestown

Jamestown, Calif. – In a small town in Northern California, hotel guests have an opportunity to participate in a history-rich Mother Lode tradition that no place else can claim. They can pay for their stay in gold dust at the National Hotel in Jamestown. In the early days of the Gold Rush, newly panned gold dust was widely accepted by taverns and boarding houses with a pinch buying a shot of whisky at most saloons. Now, the owner of the Historic National Hotel is bringing back the idea. Stephen Willey will accept gold dust as legal tender to make purchases for rooms, meals and drinks....


10 June, 2016
All Aboard! Excursion Trains are Running Memorial Day Weekend in California's Gold Country

To kick off the summer season in rail-related style, popular weekend excursion trains will be running all three days of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, May 28- 30, 2016, at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) in Jamestown, CA...


24 May, 2016
“Battle of Nations" Comes to 30th Sonora Celtic Faire March 11-13, 2016 at Sonora Fairgrounds in Yosemite Gold Country, Northern California

The Sonora Celtic Faire is celebrating its 30th Anniversary, March 11-13, 2016, at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora, California, located in Tuolumne County. The Sonora Celtic Faire celebrates cultures from Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall and Wales and is proudly showcasing a Historic Medieval Battle tournament as one of its main attractions...


4 March, 2016
Northern California's Yosemite Gold Country has Rare Air and Other Fresh Ideas for Lovers

Couples zip lining, star and planet tours to pop the question, the positive on negative ions and old fashion bubble baths are some new ideas for February visits and beyond in Tuolumne County, Northern California's gateway to Yosemite National Park. Everyone knows that February is the month to declare affection in a new and different way. Pressure? Creative thinkers and doers can stretch beyond the rooftop restaurant reservations to the gold rush towns in Tuolumne County, home of starry skies, creature comforts and the jewel of America's national parks, Yosemite, where there are many surprisingly new and old romantic opportunities. Here are some alternative recommendations, and not just for Valentine's weekend...


5 February, 2016
Northern California's Story Ideas for the San Francisco Bay Area's "Front Door" to Yosemite National Park

We invite media to consider a visit to Yosemite Gold Country, home of 58% of Yosemite National Park, two historic state parks, the pristine beauty of Stanislaus National Forest, winter and summer sports, casino gaming, restaurants and recreation. New for 2016 -- the first resort to be built in the Yosemite area in 25 years. Rush Creek Lodge will open just one-half mile from the Highway 120 entrance to Yosemite National Park -- the "front door" entrance from the San Francisco Bay Area -- only 214 km. SFO is our international gateway. The area is also serviced by SMF (Sacramento) and two private jet airports in Tuolumne County, in Groveland and Columbia...


30 October, 2015
Want to Walk in the Footsteps of Hollywood's Epic Western Stars? It's in Yosemite Gold Country in Northern California.

From these classic movies --High Noon, The Great Race, Back to the Future III and Big Valley, to television series that brought the big outdoors into American living rooms such as Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie and Lassie, a small area in Northern California has played a big role: creating lifelike settings and story lines to recreate early America. For Tuolumne County, set against the backdrop of Yosemite National Park in Northern California, the job was easy. Today visitors can step back in time and follow in the classic movie footsteps, overnight in an 1850's western town, navigate a saloon crawl, pan for gold and ride shotgun on an authentic stage coach in Columbia Historic State Park.


29 October, 2015
Step Back in Time and Learn to Make Candy Canes in Northern California's Gold Rush town of Columbia this Holiday Season

In the heart of Northern California's Yosemite Gold Country, inside Columbia State Park where business is conducted almost exactly the way it was in the gold rush era, fifth-generation Columbia Candy Kitchen is waiting for Labor Day. It's the deadline for pulling winners of this year's groups and families who will win a candy cane workshop from among thousands of postcard entries...


25 August, 2015
Tuolumne County Receives Gold at California State Fair

Last Friday, the Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau received a Gold Ribbon at the California State Fair for their Tuolumne County exhibit. Every year the TCVB enters the Counties Exhibits to promote Tuolumne County to thousands of fairgoers. This year's theme is Feasts and Festivals.


17 July, 2015
Yosemite National Park makes the list of USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice Awards for Best Kid-Friendly Destinations

The winners of the 10Best Readers' Choice Awards for Best Kid-Friendly Destinations are in. Nominees in the contest, sponsored by USA Today and 10Best.com were chosen by a panel of experts and voted on by the public...


2 June, 2015
Vintage Vacations: Yesteryear Comes to Life in Northern California

Located 2 ½ hours east of San Francisco and 2 hours southeast of Sacramento, Tuolumne County California, the heart of California's 1849 Gold Rush Country offers America as it was in the 19th and early 20th century, 4-season outdoor recreation and a broad range of activities and special events typical of life as it was from the 1849 Gold Rush through the mid-20th century...


1 June, 2015
Wonderful Waterfalls of Yosemite Gold Country

Spring is the best time to check out the many waterfalls in Tuolumne County's Yosemite Gold Country. Tuolumne County is located just two and a half hours east of San Francisco and two hours south of Sacramento. Over half of Yosemite National Park is located in Tuolumne County...


31 May, 2015
Want to Walk in the Footsteps of Hollywood's Epic Western Stars? Explore Yosemite Gold Country's Tuolumne County in Northern California

From classic American movies like High Noon, The Great Race, Back to the Future III and Big Valley, to television shows that brought the big outdoors into living rooms such as Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie and Lassie, a small area in Northern California has played a big role: creating lifelike settings and story lines to recreate early America. For Tuolumne County, set against the backdrop of Yosemite National Park in Northern California, the job was easy. The area was rich with natural features and vintage architectural styles, big sky landscape, rushing rivers and one key ingredient -- abundant light. Today visitors can trace the steps of movie stars throughout Yosemite Gold Country...


28 May, 2015
Northern California's Gold Country Seeking

There are many reasons why Tuolumne County, home of Yosemite Gold Country, is known as Vacationland, and not because it's just easier to say and remember. The front door of Yosemite National Park for most visitors via the San Francisco Bay Area, the area offers four seasons of fun and adventure, a great mix of history, culture and the arts, exciting attractions, excellent dining options and great places to stay -- historic inns, jewel bed and breakfast spots, riverside cabins, under the stars, or where stars once stayed...


26 May, 2015