Located in the foothills of the famous Sierra Nevada, a mountain range spanning some 400 miles north-to-south, Mariposa is a small town of just under 3,000. In 1849, when gold was first discovered in the area, U.S. General and presidential candidate John C. Fremont purchased 70 square miles of land and established his Mariposa gold estate. From there, the Mariposa area expanded into a gold mining boomtown. In fact, Mariposa was the county seat in the 1800s and was considered the Mother of California Counties because of the amount of land the county once covered.
Today, the town’s roots can be seen up and down its main artery, Highway 140, in the architecture of old hardware storefronts and wooden restaurants complete with lanterns and a gold-mining-campsite feel. The town is in close proximity to some of the 4th most visited National Park, according to National Geographic, Yosemite.
Yosemite Zip Line and Adventure Ranch is the place to go for outdoor experiences. With 7 zip lines to choose from, a high ropes course, and comedic tour guides, this place has the perfect combination for a thrilling adventure. One of the zip lines is even set up so you can race the person next to you. The tour guides will give you a little background on the town of Mariposa, so this is really an all-in-one stop while you’re in town.
Less than an hour east of Mariposa lies the south entrance of Yosemite National Park. Home to the iconic Half Dome, Yosemite Valley, and El Capitan, it’s no wonder over 4 million people have visited it since it was established in 1890. The hikes can range from strenuous and lengthy to short and sweet with a breathtaking view. Things to do in the park are plentiful, because, aside from the jaw-dropping natural beauties, campsites, restaurants, a golf course, tennis courts, and rock climbing are just the beginning of amenities this National Park offers visitors. Take a drive, you won’t regret it!
Fly into Fresno Yosemite International Airport and rent a car to drive an hour and a half to reach Mariposa. While in Mariposa, a car is recommended as there is no public transportation available in Mariposa. You will want a car to drive to Yosemite on your day trip, as well. In Yosemite, there is a public transportation option, the YART shuttle, that will take you to many parts of the park, including the main attractions. For everything else, enjoy walking around the small town of Mariposa and hiking in the gorgeous Yosemite National Park.
Tripping.com offers travelers over 40 choices in Mariposa and over 80 vacation rentals in Mariposa County. Stay in the foothills of Mariposa and still be just 35-minute drive to Yosemite. Or, choose a rental just off of Highway 140 and enjoy the convenience of being able to walk to the center of town to dinner and drinks. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to have a spectacular view of the giant redwoods and rock formations in nearby Yosemite.
If you’re looking for a good, hearty meal, then look no further than Charles Street House Dinner House because this place has it all. Customers can’t stop raving about the beef stroganoff, hash browns, and extensive meat selection. With a lineup like this, the only problem you’ll have with this restaurant is choosing what you want to eat. It’s also located on the main route, Highway 140, so you’ll have a chance to walk the main street. Explore antique, home décor, leather goods shops, and much more.
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