Columbia State Historic Park

  • Enjoy a taste of the gold rush era.
  • Visitors Center offers displays of the history of Columbia from 1850 to 1870 when it was a booming gold rush town.
  • Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the town.
  • Location: Highway 49 between Sonora and Murphys
  • Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is a real town; it never actually closes. Most businesses are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Many restaurants, hotels, saloons, and other establishments have longer hours.
  • Admission: the park is free, but there is a small fee for the illustrated guidebook for self-guided tours.
  • Call (209) 532-0150
  • Visit http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=552

Yosemite National Park

  • The Yosemite Museum, next to the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center, has displays that interpret the cultural history of the native Miwok and Paiute people from 1850 to the present.
  • Demonstrations of basketweaving, beadwork, and traditional games
  • A reconstruction of the Indian village of Ahwahnee behind the museum.
  • Museum is open all year from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed for lunch)
  • Call (209) 372-0200
  • Visit http://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm

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