Stops on the Way to Yosemite

Our top picks for nearby towns and attractions to visit for the best outdoor activities, sightseeing, cultural attractions, dining, and more.

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Bishop County, CA – Eastern Sierra

The perfect home base for your Eastern Sierra adventure between Yosemite and Death Valley national parks with a mix of small town hospitality and modern conveniences. Read More...

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Buellton, CA – Wine, Ostriches, and an RV Resort

Buellton is the gateway to the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Rita Hills wine country. Find a wide variety of lodging, including an RV Resort and campground. Read More...

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California State Parks Near Yosemite

Did you know that California has 280 state parks? Deserts, beaches, mountains, and redwoods. There are 4 State Parks near Yosemite. Read More...

Big Sur on California's Central Coast

California’s Central Coast – The Original Road Trip

Boasting 350 miles of coastline, the Central Coast stretches from Ventura County just north of Los Angeles to Santa Clara County south of San Francisco. Read More...

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Carpinteria, CA – Laid Back Beach Town

Carpinteria is a quaint, friendly, beach community nestled between Ventura and Santa Barbara, between the Santa Ynez mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Read More...

Carla hall cooking calamari on an open flame.

Gilroy, CA – Garlic Capital

The annual Gilroy Garlic Festival has grown into one of the nation’s most famous food fests. Also visit historic buildings and Gilroy Gardens Theme Park. Read More...

Groveland's Iron Door Saloon and The Groveland Hotel. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Groveland & Hwy 120 – Northern Gateway to Yosemite

Stop by Groveland’s visitor center for info on recreation at Yosemite and the area. Scenic Highway 120 traverses Yosemite and the entire Sierra Nevada. Read More...

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Inyo County – Mt. Whitney, Death Valley, and Museums

Inyo County is a land of extremes. It claims the highest (Mt. Whitney) and lowest (Death Valley) points in the lower 48. Read More...

Mono Lake State Tufa Reserve is home to Gulls, Loons, Osprey, and other waterfowl.

Mono County – Lake Tufas, Devil’s Postpile, and Ghost Town

Just 12 breathtaking miles from Yosemite’s East Entrance. The “East Side” of Yosemite is a sensational place to start and end a trip to the national park. Read More...

Hiking at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Monterey County, California

Monterey County – Beaches, Hiking & Pinnacles National Park

Cruise the top road trip along the Big Sur coastline. Explore iconic Cannery Row. Hike and climb in Pinnacles National Park. All and more in Monterey County. Read More...

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Oakdale, California – Cowboys and Chocolate

Established in 1871 and nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Oakdale is a charming town at the gateway to Yosemite, and the perfect place to unwind. Read More...

Pismo Beach Sunset on Pier

Pismo Beach, CA – Waves, Wine, and Butterflies

Pismo Beach is a classic California beach town, located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, off Pacific Coast Highway 1 & Highway 101. Read More...

Ridgecrest, California terrain between Yosemite and Death Valley

Ridgecrest, CA – Ghost Towns, Naval Museum & Petroglyphs

The most fun route between Yosemite and Death Valley goes through Ridgecrest, California.. Read More...

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San Francisco’s Tri-Valley – Sunshine, Wine, and a New Beer Trail

30 miles east of San Francisco, Tri-Valley enjoys an average of 264 days of sunshine a year. Try 10 stops on the Tri-Valley Beer Trail for free gift. Read More...

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San Francisco, CA – 9 Fun Things to Do

Visit Golden Gate Park, the largest urban park in the world, & see a herd of buffalo plus famous Alcatraz prison before heading on a road trip to Yosemite. Read More...

Backpacking in Tuolumne County's High Sierra

Tuolumne County – Yosemite Gold Country

More than half of Yosemite is in Tuolumne County, where visitors will also find rich and colorful Gold Rush history, High Sierra vistas, and state parks. Read More...

Inspiration Point at Anacapa Island in Channel Islands National Park

Ventura and Channel Islands National Park

Embark to stunning Channel Islands National park from Ventura, California’s iconic surf and beach town. See our list of hotels & resorts. Read More...

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Yosemite Sierra – Madera County

Find adventure on the Fossils to Falls Trail through California’s Gateway to Yosemite. Download the visitor’s guide. Read More...

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Yosemite | Mariposa County

You’ll love the breathtaking views. Stay at an amenity-rich vacation home in the park, or find yourself in a quaint bed and breakfast in Mariposa County. Read More...