With Yosemite National Park just 25 miles away and countless opportunities for relaxing in nature and enjoying the peace and beauty of this idyllic area, there's no doubt your vacation in Groveland, CA will be one for the books. This delightful small town boasts sunny weather year-round, exciting annual events, and inviting vacation rentals to fit all of your needs!
Where is Groveland, CA?
Sitting just on the west perimeter of enchanting Yosemite National Park, Groveland exudes a rare beauty with majestic pine trees and rocky cliffs surrounding a quaint, historic downtown. After fun-filled days spent exploring Yosemite and Groveland, take a drive west to explore Modesto (58 miles away) or enjoy a day trip to San Francisco (140 miles away).
Yosemite National Park
With California's most famous national park so close by, Groveland serves as a popular home base if you plan to explore Yosemite. This 747,956-acre park is absolutely stunning, with beautiful granite cliffs, tall sequoias, and majestic waterfalls.
Open year-round, you can experience everything from hiking, river rafting, and stargazing to winter sports like downhill and cross-country skiing. Downhill skiing is available at the Badger Pass Ski Area (57 miles from Groveland), the oldest ski area in California, while cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails are open throughout the park. When the snow melts, renting a bicycle and taking a day to ride around the park makes for a fantastic two-wheeled adventure.
Things to Do in Groveland, CA
Although plenty of thrilling adventures are to be had hiking through Yosemite Valley, to Yosemite Falls, and to see Half Dome, there are numerous attractions and eateries around charming Groveland as well! Spend the morning at Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum learning about who built this Gold Country town and the hard work they had to put in, carving their way through rock. After a delicious and filling brunch at Tangled Hearts Bakery, head to a reserved tee time at Pine Mountain Lake Golf Course. And for those who don't necessarily enjoy the greenery, feel free to try horseback riding, tennis, or swimming and fishing in the lake.
Book at trip with Sierra Mac River Trips to take a thrilling ride down the Tuolumne River Canyon a few miles way, or head to Don Perdo Reservoir in the summer to boat, kayak, waterski, and more. Be sure to check for local events, like the annual Groveland Car Show, which brings auto enthusiasts from all around to show off their cars, admire other pristine and historic vehicles, and enjoy a grand time with food, music, raffles, and more.
After a day packed with outdoor adventure, be sure to replenish! Try out Dori's Tea and Cottage Cafe for a lovely, elegant setting with delicious food and treats. If you're in the mood for a heartier meal paired with a cold beverage, head to the historic Iron Door Saloon and Grill, and be sure to stick your dollar to the ceiling to become part of the Dollar Club. And for a more upscale atmosphere, take your sweetheart to the Pine Mountain Lake Country Club for a romantic evening out.
When planning your next Yosemite getaway, consider this pleasant California town to call your home away from home. Book one of our beautiful Groveland vacation rentals today!