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