Museums, theaters, casinos, wineries, and other attractions nearby Yosemite in central California

Children gather around a pie-making demonstration at Cover's Apple Ranch near Sonora, Calif. Photo courtesy of Tuolumne County

Apple Cider and Pies Fresh From Orchards on Yosemite's Western Border

Visit two different properties near Sonora that offer incredible local experiences, Cover's Apple Ranch and Indigeny Reserve.

Old Church in Bodie, California

California Ghost Town, Bodie State Historic Park

Bodie is a ghost town in the Sierra Nevada mountains northeast of Yosemite. Today Bodie is a State Historical Park and landmark open to visitors.

John Muir in Yosemite

John Muir Geotourism Center

The John Muir Geotourism Center, now closed, had a mission to enrich the natural and rural communities by inspiring people to explore, learn, share and preserve the values of the John Muir Legacy through innovative and creative programs.

Yosemite Historic District by Almonroth [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Museums in Yosemite Park

If you want to learn about both the natural and the cultural forces that have made the park what it is, stop by the following modest museums and educational visitor centers.

Horse-drawn wagon emerging from the covered bridge at the Pioneer Yosemite History Center. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Pioneer Yosemite History Center at Wawona

At the History Center you can ride horse-drawn wagons, walk across a covered bridge, and visit historic buildings out of Yosemite's past.

Railtown Baldwin No. 28 Steam Engine Train

Starstruck by Railtown 1897's Hollywood Locomotive

Meet the famous movie-star locomotive Sierra No. 3®, take a guided tour of the historic shops and roundhouse, or jump aboard a steam-powered excursion train.

Road to Lake Sabrina near Bishop, Calif.

Try Your Luck and Fuel Up at Paiute Palace Casino

Test fate at the slots, poker, and more. Not a gambler? Fill your tank at the lowest-priced gas pumps in Bishop before you head to Yosemite.

Stagecoach at Columbia State Historic Park in Tuolumne County

Tuolumne's Top 7 on the Edge of Yosemite

Half of Tuolumne County lies in Yosemite. Discover the top seven things to do in its quaint towns from boating to Gold Rush-era experiences.

Yosemite Sugar Pine Railroad 10 Curve

Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad

All aboard for an exciting four-mile scenic excursion through the Sierra National Forest on the restored railroad used for the Madera Sugar Pine’s logging trains.