Yosemite National Park - Tuolumne County Press Releases

New Story Ideas Help Journalists Feature Northern California's Gold Country and Yosemite National Park in New Ways

Need some fresh inspiration, out of the box ideas, or a different way to say “national park travel”? Tuolumne County (“Too-All-O-Me”) has rich Gold Rush history, arts and culture, adventure, and the scenic glam to inspire any journalist, blogger, photographer, or influencer interested in covering this treasure trove of travel ideas. Tuolumne County invites journalists planning a San Francisco or Wine Country visit to add this area to the itinerary. See us at IPW Denver 2018 to discuss your travel plans or contact us through TravMedia.

11 May, 2018
Avoid Crowds and Enjoy the Best of America's National Parks - Yosemite -- by Reinventing your Weekend

The middle of the week has become the new traveler favorite -- a reinvented weekend -- when summer crowds take over the weekend. Savvy travelers with a little planning can do more, see more and save more when visiting Northern California's Gold Rush area and national park jewel, Yosemite, during the week. By traveling mid-week to this popular region, adventurers snag lower rates on accommodations, avoid crowds and traffic, and spend more time to exploring Gold Rush history, the High Sierra mountains, and Yosemite National Park. You're invited to travel outside the weekend to save time, money and memories.

10 May, 2018
Tis the Season for the Reason to Visit Tuolumne County's Yosemite for Nearly 30 Days of Christmas

Yosemite National Park's 'front door' from the San Francisco Bay Area is the place to celebrate Christmas with small town tradition. Downtown streets are bright with holiday lights as Tuolumne County in Northern California (“Too-All-O-Me”) transforms into the most magical holiday destination. Sonora is filled with hospitable shopkeepers and holidays shoppers who take the time to slow down and wish passersby a Merry Christmas, the smell of hot cider and fresh candy canes wafting out to the streets in Columbia, and in Jamestown, trains whistle as passengers climb aboard the Polar Express™. You're invited to come celebrate nearly 30 days of Christmas in Northern California's Gold Country and enjoy more than 100 events, festivals, celebrations and old-fashioned holiday cheer, only 133 miles from San Francisco.

4 May, 2018
Tis the Season for the Reason to Visit Tuolumne County's Yosemite for Nearly 30 Days of Christmas

The holidays come alive in Northern California's Tuolumne County. Travel just 133miles from the Bay Area to experience the most magical holiday season.

3 April, 2018
Columbia State Historic Park celebrates 168 years in Tuolumne County's Yosemite

168 years ago, gold was discovered in Columbia. This discovery changed the land forever when thousands of people came to the area to “strike it rich”.

20 March, 2018
All-Season Wellness in Northern California: Here's to a Revived You this Year in Yosemite's Tuolumne County

Choose wellness any day, week or weekend of the year. Choose Tuolumne County in the Gold Country region near Yosemite, (pronounced “To-All-O-Me”) where for every season there is a reason, a place and an activity that promotes physical, emotional or spiritual health.

25 January, 2018
Northern California's Yosemite Gateway, Tuolumne County adds new PR staff and UK Trade Representation

In Northern California, Yosemite's front door beefs up PR presence with new staff and new international Black Diamond representation in the UK for Tuolumne County. Katie Kirkland will attend IMM in New York and IPW in Denver to get acquainted with travel journalists.

11 January, 2018
Winter is Closer and Finer Than You Think – All This, Three Hours away From the San Francisco Bay Area, at Yosemite's Door.

In the time it takes fog to completely blanket San Francisco, visitors from the Bay Area can reach Tuolumne County in the Sierra Foothills abutting Yosemite National Park. Ski, snowboard or snowshoe on the first day, and then choose from among a smorgasbord of distractions to avoid strapping on skis or buckling snowshoe clips on the second day. Tuolumne County offers a ton of excuses to enjoy small town strolling, wine tasting, and indoor gaming.

2 January, 2018
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