John Muir's Home - Martinez. Stay on Highway 4 towards Martinez. When you
see the big mansion ahead on the right, you're there. Picnic tables are there
for picnic lunches, or go to the marina in Martinez for lunch. Check out the
court house and county seat buildings downtown...some great examples of Greek
Mt.Diablo State Park. http://www.parks.ca.gov/Default.asp?page_id=517
A great trip for a picnic lunch. See the website above for more information.
The Delta!! - Drive out to Bethel Island and check out the levees. Or try
Orwood. Take Highway 4 towards Brentwood. Turn left on Delta Road. Go until
you come to Byron Highway, in the "town" of Knightsen. Turn right. Go about
a mile until you see Orwood Road on your left. Follow that out and have fun
Columbia State Park - an old Gold Rush town...you've gotta see this!!
DIRECTIONS FROM THE BAY AREA AND POINTS WEST
From San Francisco and other points west of the Sierra Nevada, go to
Interstate 580 East. Do not go south on 580, bear to the left and take
Interstate 205. Be sure to follow the signs to reach Highway 99 north towards
Sonora. You will exit onto Interstate 5 north for a very short distance as you
will take the exit that says Highway 120 - Sonora. This takes you to Highway
99 and once you are on Highway 99 north, you will take the next exit which
puts you back on Highway 120 east towards Sonora.
Follow Highway 120 until you reach the center of Oakdale. At this light, you
will turn left onto Highway 120/108 east. Continue until Highway 120 splits to
the right (Yosemite Junction). Continue straight on Highway 108 until you
reach Jamestown (6 miles from Yosemite Junction). At the eastern end of
Jamestown, you will take a left onto Jamestown-Shaw's Flat Road (this is a
shortcut). You will reach a stop sign in about 5 miles. Bear to the left and
you will shortly reach Highway 49. Turn right and in less than a mile you will
take your first left onto Parrotts Ferry Road. In about 3 miles you will see
the Columbia State Historic Park sign on the right. You can park at the lot
there or a few smaller ones around the park.
If you missed the Jamestown-Shaw's Flat left turn off Highway 108, don't
panic. The next two lefts (Wigwam Road and Golf Links Road) both deadend on
Jamestown-Shaw's Flat Road where you will turn right and follow the directions
above. If you miss these, take the business district exit onto Highway 49 into
Sonora. This is Stockton Road. It deadends on Washington Street where you will
turn left. Follow Highway 49 (Washington Street) and you will see signs
directing you to Columbia. You will turn right onto Parrotts Ferry Road and
follow the directions above.
MISSIONS - Within a day's driving distance - Sonoma Mission, San Francisco
(Dolores), Santa Clara, San Rafael, San Jose (in Fremont), Santa Cruz, Carmel.
Any mission that the kids can visit will really help them visualize this
whole mission period.
On the way to Sacramento, along the river...Locke
Go over the Antioch bridge and take Hwy 160 to Walnut Grove
Locke is 1/2 mile north of Walnut Grove
ALL IN SACRAMENTO!!
10th and Capitol, Sacramento, CA, Phone: (916) 324-0333. Come and see
the recently restored State Capitol Building. Experience the grandeur of this
Civil War era building and see your state government at work. Tours
Old Sacramento - Phone: (916) 442-7644. Historic Old Sacramento is
located along the river front on the West side of downtown Sacramento. This
is truly a must see for all visitors to Sacramento. Gold Rush Era
Architecture, fine restaurants, shops, and museums. You won't be
Railroad Musuem - 111 I St, Sacramento, CA, 95814. Phone: (916) 552-
5252. One of California's State Treasures. This is an experience you won't
soon forget. Open 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Daily. Tickets sold until 4:30 PM.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
California State Indian Museum - 2618 K St, Sacramento, CA, Phone:
(916) 324-0971. Directly behind Sutter's Fort.
INDIAN GRINDING STONE STATE PARK - A MUST SEE!!!
Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park is located in the Sierra
Nevada foothills eight miles east of Jackson. The park nestles in a little
valley 2,400 feet above sea level with open meadows and large valley oaks
that once provided the native Americans of this area with an ample supply of
acorns. The park was created in 1968 and preserves a great outcropping of
marbleized limestone with some 1,185 mortar holes -- the largest collection
of bedrock mortars in North America.
The park is northeast of Stockton in the lower foothills of the Sierra Nevada
mountains. Take State Highway 88 East through Jackson to the town of Pine
Grove. Take a left turn on the Pine-Grove-Volcano Road, and about a mile and
a half later you will enter the Park. The SECOND turnoff is the main entrance
(the first is to the small campground).
14881 Pine Grove-Volcano Road
Pine Grove, CA 95665
Monday - Friday 11:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.