Columbia State Historic Park
The spirit of the Gold Rush is alive and well in Columbia, where part of the town is preserved as it was in the mid 1800s and patrons dressed in period clothing do business in the style of yesteryear. There's historic buildings, stagecoach rides, shops selling 19th-century goods, restaurants, saloons, live events and the chance to learn all about the town's gold mining past.
Railtown 1897 State Historic Park
No one with a hankering for the days of steam will want to miss this park's three glorious Sierra locomotives - the stars of many a movie and TV show, including High Noon, Bonanza and Little House on the Prairie. You can enjoy behind-the-scenes tours as well as taking a ride through Mother Lode country with the engine chugging and the whistle blowing.
Yosemite National Park
The endless wonders of Yosemite are a must-see on Tuolumne County holidays. Mother Nature puts on a spectacular show all through the park with enough soaring mountains, granite cliffs, thundering waterfalls, Giant Sequoia trees and unbeatable vistas to take your breath away. There's a stand-out landmark round every corner - and it's just next door.
Go for Gold!
There's gold in them thar hills! There's still nuggets waiting to be unearthed around these parts, plus a clutch of places where you can seek your fortune - especially around Jamestown and Columbia. Heft a pick to dig gold out of the ground or spend some time panning in the river and you might even strike it lucky!
Jumping Frog Jubilee
If you happen to be in Angels Camp during the third week of May, you can throw yourself into the town's annual festival. There's a celebrated frog-jumping contest, pageants, cook-offs, arm-wrestling tournaments, live music, carnival rides and a rodeo. It's as mad as a box of frogs!