Step back in time with this escape in the Sierras. Start your leisurely tour at the Hilmar Cheese Factory Visitor Center and sample some of the best cheese in California. Then "All Aboard" the Yosemite Sugar Pine Railroad. Strike gold at the California State Mining and Mineral Museum and Mariposa Museum and History Center.
Yosemite Sugar Pine Railroad
- All Aboard! Narrow gauge steam trains recreate an era of California's rich history on excursions through the majestic Sierra Forest just south Yosemite National Park. A must-see for all train and railroad enthusiasts, the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad is a restoration of the old narrow gauge Madera Sugar Pine Lumber Company Railroad. Vintage Shay locomotives provide the motive power for the one hour narrated excursion over tracks once used for logging trains at the turn of the century. Or take a ride on the quaint "Model A" powered Jenny railcars. These were once used to provide transportation for logging and track repair crews. Antique Model A Ford gas engines power the trolley-like cars over the same route as the Logger Steam Train - a 30 minute narrated trip. Package includes your choice of the Steam Train ride or the Jenney Railcar ride
. Also at the station are the Thornberry museum, gold panning and gift stores. Open daily from 9:30AM. Call for schedules and seasonal closing times. 56001 Hwy 41, Fish Camp. 559-683-7273. www.ysprr.com