California is overflowing with unbelievable attractions that draw countless visitors from all over the globe. From the magnificent scenery of Yosemite National Park to the fascinating gold mining towns, this state is truly the ultimate vacation destination. If you’re looking to explore this area’s rich history, look no further than the Columbia State Historic Park in Columbia, California, a town frozen in time! This one-of-a-kind spot offers all kinds of activities and landmarks that help visitors take a peek into this state’s fascinating past. Learn all about this amazing park and add it to your California vacation itinerary today!
Everything You Need to Know about the Columbia State Historic Park
Location and Hours
You’ll find this historic area off Highway 49, just three miles from the small town of Sonora, CA. Since this park is also a town, it never actually closes! However, most of the attractions within the town open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m.
Columbia State Historic Park Activities
Once a hotspot for gold, Columbia was the second-largest city in all of California for years. Although most gold mining towns in this state were eventually deserted and forgotten, Columbia was preserved by becoming a State Historic Park in 1945. Today, you can still explore this intriguing background by exploring the park’s many monuments and activities. Take a ride in a 100-year-old stagecoach to tour the town, browse the many interesting exhibits at the museum, and visit the historic restaurants and shops throughout the area.
Columbia State Historic Park Events
In addition to these fun activities, you can also attend some of the numerous events held here to further enhance your visit. The Columbia State Historic Park creates a variety of events and programs to entertain the community as well as educate them about this area’s past. Gold Rush Days is an event held the second Saturday of every month that features exhibits and interactive activities. They also host a farmers’ market, historic reenactments, parades, and much more! Check their events calendar so you don’t miss any fun events.
Come Stay with Us at the Hotel Charlotte Bed and Breakfast!
After a fun day of exploring the wonders of the Columbia State Historic Park, treat yourself to a stay in the most luxurious lodging possible! Hotel Charlotte is a historic bed and breakfast in Groveland, California, located conveniently at the gateway of Yosemite, that offers comfortable furnishings and excellent amenities within a charming, rustic environment. Choose from staying in one of our twelve lovely rooms or renting one of our cozy vacation cottages. You can explore the many attractions of our surrounding area, or simply spend time unwinding in our relaxing environment; we have an elegant living room, friendly and helpful staff, and even our very own restaurant to accommodate all of your needs! Don’t wait another minute to start planning your dream vacation; check our availability and book your stay today!
Photos courtesy of California State Parks, 2016