Stops on the Way to Yosemite - My Yosemite Park

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.

Aerial of California Highway 1

9 Stops on the California Highway 1 Discovery Route

Follow the magnificent Hwy. 1 through San Luis Obispo County to go on fantastic strolls along 101 miles. Experience these nine dazzling spots including a luxurious castle and a tree-lined hike to the beach.

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.

Ventura Harbor Village

Stop at Ventura Harbor Village

Base out of Ventura Harbor Village for easy access to Channel Islands National Park, a gorgeous beach and a lively seaside experience.

Retzlaff Vineyards in Livermore, Calif.

Tri-Valley's Grape Scene

Discover down-to-earth wine tasting, a beer trail and even an ice cream trail less than an hour from San Francisco.