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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
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“Only 45 mins from us, really good food at the Gas Station before you enter the park. Our entrance is closed during the winter so expect 6+ hour drive if you want to visit during the winter months. ”
  • 247 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“Calaveras Big Trees is an hour and a half from the Tiny House. The walk amongst the trees is amazing.”
  • 95 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“Gold was discovered in the area that became Columbia on March 27, 1850, and was one of the richest finds of the California Gold Rush. The surface-level deposits were amenable to placer mining, but lacked water needed for such operations. Over the next seven years, a network of water supply aqueducts was built (at a cost of over $1 million) to the area to support mining operations. By 1852, sufficient water was arriving to support the development of a mining boom town, and large-scale mining operations began in 1856. The town was incorporated in 1854, and its population fluctuated in the 1850s between 2,000 and 5,000 people. The town was repeatedly struck by fire, and much of the construction after an 1857 fire was in brick”
  • 85 locals recommend
Ski Area
“Welcome Skiiers, snowboarders, sledders and bunny slopers!! Enjoy a weekend of winter play in our beautiful mountains. Dodge Ridge has everything you need to hit the slopes all afternoon.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Nature
“This park has everything you need for a fun & adventurous day. You can go zip lining (free on your bday), cave repelling, rock climbing, axe throwing, take a tour of the cavern, or pan for gold. ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Bar
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“Touted at the oldest bar in California, this is a must see for anyone visiting. They serve food as well for families”
  • 58 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“A casual and cozy Italian joint that serves up the usual pastas and meat dishes. The wine list is just ok, but they only charge $12 for corkage. A great place for families but the place is pretty small, so reservations are recommended.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Bar
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“My favorite restaurant is the Rock. You will love the laid back & homie atmosphere. Im a vegitarian and Ive never had a better veggie burger then here. My manly-man, meat-eating boyfriend also loves this restaurant for their amazing burgers. We both appreciate the fresh ingredients and homemade desserts. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Great grocery store around the corner to get anything you may have forgotten”
  • 26 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Mercer Caverns, one of three caves in Calaveras County, is open for guided tours, year round. See deep underground in this cavern filled with a large array of cave formations like stalactities, stalagmites and flowstones. This cavern also won the Paris World’s Fair for its display of the rare cavern formation”
  • 27 locals recommend
Hotel
“There are several eateries at the Black Oak Casino, including the only "4-Star" restaurant in the county...Seven Sisters. This is a "fine dining" restaurant with high-end food, but also high-end prices. A great place to celebrate a special occasion. Black Oak Casino is also a family-friendly location with a large state-of-the-art bowling alley, family-oriented restaurants and arcade center. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Café
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“Hands down our favorite place to eat in Tuolumne County. Wonderful breakfast burritos and the best açaí bowls! Plus warm cinnamon rolls, pastries, coffee, etc”
  • 36 locals recommend
Lake
“Swim from the beach or walk a little on the trail and you can swim from the rocks. Return in the evening for Movies Under the Stars.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Excellent pizza place. One of the best pizzas I have ever had. This is a must have every time we visit the cabin”
  • 23 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Drive out Glacier Point Road from the Yosemite Cabin. We recommend stopping at Taft Point for the 1-mile, low-angle hike out to the most stunning views of El Capitan and other special features in the Valley. Not many tourists do this! ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Lake
“This gorgeous lake is great for hiking, fishing, kayaking, swimming, sailing, etc. BBQ on the shoreline, get a self serve ice cream, and enjoy a family friendly movie in the outdoor amphateather. Come early because parking is limited (overflow parking is available at the nearby Dodge Ridge Ski Resort).”
  • 26 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Touted at the oldest bar in California, this is a must see for anyone visiting. They serve food as well for families”
  • 58 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“A casual and cozy Italian joint that serves up the usual pastas and meat dishes. The wine list is just ok, but they only charge $12 for corkage. A great place for families but the place is pretty small, so reservations are recommended.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Bar
“My favorite restaurant is the Rock. You will love the laid back & homie atmosphere. Im a vegitarian and Ive never had a better veggie burger then here. My manly-man, meat-eating boyfriend also loves this restaurant for their amazing burgers. We both appreciate the fresh ingredients and homemade desserts. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Excellent pizza place. One of the best pizzas I have ever had. This is a must have every time we visit the cabin”
  • 23 locals recommend
Dive Bar
“The Lube Room is a great spot to stop for a beer and burger any day of the week. On the weekends the place can get busy but it has a family friendly backyard with corn hole and horseshoes. In the summer they have live music. We love coming here and watching the sunset from the back patio while our kids run around on the grass. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Cocina Michoacana is a very humble and cute Mexican restaurant set right in the heart of Groveland. Comforting and delicious Mexican food.”
  • 24 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Downtown Sonora. Casual place serving high quality food. Really good fixed menu plus really unique daily specials. Good selection of beers; plus a wine bar featuring the best. Lunch and dinner.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Brewery
“This restaurant is under new management as of winter 2019. We haven’t had a chance to try it, but the updated menu looks promising.”
  • 23 locals recommend

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