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Sonora is located along historic Highway 49 in the Gold Country of Tuolumne County. After gold was discovered in nearby Jamestown in 1848, Sonora quickly became the largest and richest town in the southern "Mother Lode" region. The population today is less than it was in the 1800s, but many of the interesting and historical buildings in town are still in use. Walking the streets of Sonora is one of the best examples of what it was like in the Gold Rush Days, although the buildings now house antiques, art galleries, jewelry shops, boutiques and restaurants instead of assay offices and saloons! A building that was once the county jail is now a museum, and several special events are held throughout the year that bring back the "rough and tumble" days of the gold rush era. This beautiful little town's downtown area has even been named a "California Main Street City!" Activities in and around Sonora include fishing, golf, hiking, horseback trips and mountain biking. Sonora is also just a short drive to Yosemite National Park and the Stanislaus National Forest. Lodging is abundant around Sonora with campgrounds and RV parks, budget motels and charming bed and breakfasts and inns. The Gold Rush town of Sonora welcomes visitors to come experience a colorful example of yesteryear!

Surrounding areas: Twain Harte, California (8.9 mi), Angels Camp, California (10.9 mi), Murphys, California (11.4 mi), Mi-Wuk Village, California (11.8 mi), Groveland, California (14.3 mi), Hathaway Pines, California (14.4 mi), Long Barn, California (15.5 mi)

Sonora Vacation Rentals

Sonora Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Sonora Oaks19551 Hess AveSonora, CA (209) 533-4400
Sonora Aladdin Motor Inn14260 Mono WaySonora, CA (209) 533-4971
Sonora Gold Lodge480 W Stockton StSonora, CA (209) 532-3952
Sonora Inn160 S Washington StSonora, CA (209) 532-2400
Historic National HotelJamestown, CA3.0 mi.(209) 984-3446
Quality Inn-sonora18730 Hwy 108Jamestown, CA3.0 mi.(209) 984-0315
Historic National Hotel18183 Main StJamestown, CA3.1 mi.(209) 984-3446
Columbia Inn Motel22646 Broadway StColumbia, CA3.7 mi.(209) 533-0446
Chinese Camp Store13750 Hwy 120 & 49Chinese Camp, CA8.3 mi.(209) 984-3117
Wildwood Inn22960 MDW DrTwain Harte, CA9.0 mi.(209) 586-2900
Angels Inn Motel600 N MainAngels Camp, CA11.2 mi.(209) 736-4192
Buck Meadows Lodge Yosemite Westgate Motel7647 Hwy 120Groveland, CA13.0 mi.(209) 962-5281
Lee's Middle Fork Resort Motel11399 Cherry Oil RdGroveland, CA13.0 mi.(209) 962-7408
The Groveland Hotel18767 Main StGroveland, CA13.0 mi.(209) 962-4000
Avery Hotel4573 Moran RdAvery, CA15.4 mi.(209) 795-9935
Wehe's Meadowmont Lodge2011 Hwy #4Arnold, CA18.8 mi.(209) 795-1394
Yellow Dog Inn1320 Pne Dr Pob 504Arnold, CA18.8 mi.(209) 795-1980
Best Western Rama Inn1450 East 'F' StOakdale, CA28.8 mi.(209) 845-2500
Best Western Rama Inn"1464 East ""F"" St"Oakdale, CA28.8 mi.(800) 528-1234
Holiday Motel950 E F StOakdale, CA29.3 mi.(209) 847-7023
Holiday Inn Express828 E F StOakdale, CA29.4 mi.(209) 847-9121
Ramada Inn825 East F StOakdale, CA29.4 mi.(209) 847-8181

Sonora Weather & Climate

The foothills region of the central Sierra Nevada Mountains, known as "The Gold Country," or "The Mother Lode," has four seasons, with mild winters and hot, dry summers. In the fall, the leaves change and temperatures begin to drop, with rains beginning in November and continuing through March. In the wintertime, it's cold enough at night for a fire in the fireplace, but rarely does it ever snow in the foothills. On the rare occasion that it does snow, it usually doesn't stay on the ground for long. Spring is very pleasant with showers sometimes continuing through April and May. Summers are hot, dry and sunny, although temperatures are usually a few degrees cooler than the lower valley regions. Fog, which is often a problem at lower elevations in winter, occurs less frequently here. Many people from the Valley travel "above the fog" in the wintertime for a much-needed sunshine break.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 55°F 32°F 6.39 in. -
February 59°F 33°F 5.76 in. -
March 61°F 36°F 5.65 in. -
April 68°F 39°F 2.49 in. -
May 76°F 45°F 1.22 in. -
June 86°F 50°F 0.26 in. -
July 94°F 56°F 0.07 in. -
August 93°F 55°F 0.14 in. -
September 87°F 50°F 0.57 in. -
October 77°F 42°F 1.84 in. -
November 63°F 35°F 3.83 in. -
December 56°F 31°F 4.26 in. -

Sonora Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Modesto City County Harry Sham airport (MOD) located about 39 miles southwest of Sonora in Modesto, California, the Castle airport (MER) located approximately 42 miles south of Sonora in Merced, California, the Stockton Metropolitan airport (SCK) located roughly 47 miles west of Sonora in Stockton, California, and finally Merced Municipal Macready Field (MCE) located around 48 miles south of Sonora in Merced, California.

Sonora Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
FunderwoodsLodiCA49.4 mi.
Tahoe Amusement ParkSouth Lake TahoeCA69.0 mi.
FunderlandSacramentoCA73.1 mi.
Pixieland ParkConcordCA89.8 mi.
Water Parks
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA31.4 mi.
Waterworld USASacramentoCA73.1 mi.
Wild Water AdventuresClovisCA88.4 mi.
Waterworld USAConcordCA89.8 mi.
The Island Waterpark and Family Fun VillageFresnoCA91.8 mi.
Raging WatersSan JoseCA94.0 mi.
Wild Island Family Adventure ParkSparksNV112.4 mi.
Golf Courses
Mountain Springs Golf & Country ClubSonoraCA 
Phoenix Lake Golf CourseSonoraCA 
Pine Meadow Public Golf CourseMartinezCA2.5 mi.
Twain Harte Golf ClubTwain HarteCA8.9 mi.
Greenhorn Creek Resort Golf CourseAngels CampCA10.9 mi.
Forest Meadows Golf CourseMurphysCA12.4 mi.
Pine Mountain Lake Country ClubGrovelandCA12.9 mi.
Saddle Creek Golf ClubCopperopolisCA14.1 mi.
Meadowmont Golf CourseArnoldCA18.5 mi.
Mission Hill of HaywardHaywardCA23.8 mi.
La Contenta Golf ClubValley SpringsCA27.8 mi.
Mather Golf CourseMatherCA29.9 mi.
Ski Areas
Bear ValleyBear ValleyCA38.1 mi.
Dodge RidgePinecrestCA38.3 mi.
Kirkwood Ski ResortKirkwoodCA52.4 mi.
Sierra-at-TahoeTwin BridgesCA58.8 mi.
Heavenly Ski ResortSouth Lake TahoeCA68.9 mi.
June MountainJune LakeCA72.7 mi.
Ski HomewoodHomewoodCA77.1 mi.
Mammoth MountainMammoth LakesCA80.4 mi.
Squaw ValleyOlympic ValleyCA82.9 mi.
Alpine MeadowsTahoe CityCA83.1 mi.
Diamond PeakIncline VillageNV90.3 mi.
Donner Ski RanchNordenCA92.2 mi.
Sugar Bowl TahoeNordenCA92.2 mi.
Northstar-at-TahoeTruckeeCA93.5 mi.
Tahoe DonnerTruckeeCA93.5 mi.
Mount Rose Ski AreaRenoNV111.1 mi.
State Parks
Columbia Historic State ParkCA3.2 mi. 
Calaveras Big Trees State ParkCA20.5 mi. 
Turlock Lake State ParkCA27.4 mi. 
Great Valley Museum of Natural HistoryModestoCA41.1 mi.(Science)
Zoos and Aquariums
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA49.4 mi.
Sacramento ZooSacramentoCA73.1 mi.
Chaffee Zoological GardensFresnoCA91.8 mi.
Happy Hollow Park and ZooSan JoseCA94.0 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA102.3 mi.
The Oakland ZooOaklandCA103.7 mi.
San Francisco Zoological GardensSan FranciscoCA112.0 mi.
Steinhart AquariumSan FranciscoCA112.0 mi.

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