Things To Do In Sonora, CA
At the The Sonora Inn we want to provide our guests with more than just a comfortable bed and relaxing night’s rest. The Sonora Inn wants to provide our guests with a home away from home and with that, a chance to explore our unique and vibrant community, surrounding county, and nearby national park. Whether you are a history buff, a fan of everything outdoors, a gambling man (or woman!), a shopping fiend, or someone that has to do and see it all, Sonora, CA is the perfect place for you. Our local area of downtown Sonora, offers a vibrant local community with arts, shopping, dining, history, and nature, and on top of all that, we are just minutes from Yosemite, one of the most beautiful national parks in the county.
With so much to do and explore in Tuolumne County and near The Sonora Inn, it can be overwhelming to know the best things to do in Sonora, CA. Fortunately, we’ve done the heavy lifting for you. Read on for our staff picks of the best things to do in Sonora, CA and beyond. Our friendly staff is also willing and ready to offer a suggestion or advice to help make your next trip to Sonora, CA a great one for you and your loved ones.
While checking these famous attractions off your bucket list, also explore our Events Calendar where you can stay up to date on all the local attractions that make our lovely town so unique.
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is truly a national treasure. Spaning nearly 1,200 square miles, this protected park is full of amazing wildlife, giant Sequoias, huge cliffs and valleys, enchanting waterfalls and year round entertainment. Opportunities abound for anyone in your party including scenic views for photography and art buffs, hiking trails, camping spots, bike paths, water activities, guided tours and so much more.
Just minutes from The Sonora Inn, take a day or a whole week or even a month exploring all the wonders of Yosemite. At night enjoy a comfortable bed and warm breakfast in our cozy and welcoming Inn.
Read on for more information below about Yosemite National Park, and remember to stay safe while visiting our beautiful neighboring Park.
Columbia State Historical Park
Step back in time at Columbia State Historic Park. This unique gem located in the Sierra Nevada mountains is a preserved gold-rush town complete with actors dressed in period pieces, enactments, old-time shops, restaurants, school house, cemetery and more. The park is set in the CA gold-rush time period of 1850 when the area was booming with new residents in search for a big win panhandling gold. Talk to characters and live as they did in this live action time capsule.
Located just minutes from Sonora, spend the day exploring this unique town and learn about the way it used to be. Then relive some of that historical mystique and The Sonora Inn featuring beautiful historical architecture and design. Click below to explore more.
Dodge Ridge Ski Area
For avid and beginner skiers and snowboarders alike, enjoy Dodge Ridge Ski Park. Located in the heart of Yosemite National Park, enjoy exceptional views of Pinecrest Lake as well as the enchanting views and backdrops of Yosemite’s Sierra Nevada mountains. With over 860 acres of ski park, there are trails for beginners, intermediates, and experts so the entire family can enjoy this winter-sports area. The mountain also features trails for cross-country skiers and snowshoers.
Just 45 minutes from The Sonora Inn, Dodge Ridge is a quick day trip to enjoy some of the best skiing in the country. Don’t miss this adventurous attraction on your next visit to The Sonora Inn. Click below to learn more!
Don Pedro Lake
If you’d rather be in the water than on the slopes, explore nearby Don Pedro Lake. This lake which is actually a reservoir formed from the Don Pedro Dam is chock full of exciting things to do and see. Boating, hunting, fishing, water sports, camping and so much more are all available to the 14 million people who have visited this popular recreation spot since 1971. Take advantage or the two marinas and take your boat out for the day. Afterward head on back to the Sonora Inn less than an hour away from this picturesque getaway spot.
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