Stops on the Way

Our top picks for nearby towns and attractions to visit for the best outdoor activities, sightseeing, dining, and vacation fun on the way to the park.

A classic car show and cruise in Modesto, California. Courtesy photo

Break for Modesto, California

Head west of Yosemite to Modesto where filmmaker George Lucas was born and where the E.&J. Gallo Winery, the largest family winery in the United States, is based.

Oxnard Harbor

Harboring Fun in Oxnard, Calif.

In Oxnard, they like to take time to coast. Take their advice with these four top things to do including islands, beaches, a harbor and a collection.

Vineyards near Lodi, California. Photo courtesy of Visit Lodi!

Lodi, Calif. - Behind the Wine

With 85 wineries and more than 300 labels, Lodi knows a thing or two about wine. But our story only starts there. They're also a favorite for lovers of the outdoors and food.

"Welcome Fisherman, Hunters, and Other Liars" greets customers to Manteca's Bass Pro Shop. Photo by Orin Zebest via Flickr

Manteca, California's Artsy History

Alongside redwood forests on the way to Yosemite, stroll among 30 giant murals, shop in a museum-like outdoor store, and learn about a sugary town history.

Sacramento RiverTrain. Courtesy photo

Sacramento RiverTrain

Taste local wines, sample some of Northern California’s best craft brews or experience a Wild West train robbery aboard the Sacramento RiverTrain.

Vineyards in San Benito County. Courtesy photo

Slow Pace in San Benito County

Here grapes grow, historic towns feel like a return to yesteryear and a host of movies have been quietly filmed. Dig deep at these four spots.

Retzlaff Vineyards in Livermore, Calif.

Tri-Valley's Grape Scene

Discover a down-to-earth wine tasting scene and sun you can count on less than an hour from San Francisco.