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With its plunging waterfalls, alpine lakes, stark granite peaks, and verdant meadows, 约塞米蒂国家公园 is a grand Sierra Nevada masterpiece. You might be in a hurry to get there, but don’t miss these surprising, off-the-radar attractions in the gateway towns surrounding the park. 下次约塞米蒂之旅, 在鱼营逗留一会儿, 蝴蝶百合, Oakhurst, or 迪 and discover these delightful gems.
Yosemite visitors typically travel by car or by foot, but it’s way cooler to ride in a vintage narrow-gauge steam train. The Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, just three miles beyond the park’s 南入口 in 鱼营, brings to life memories of long-gone logging camps with its narrow-gauge steam train “The Logger.” Two beautifully restored steam locomotives—one built in 1913 and the other in 1928—pull rail cars with tree-carved bench seats along four miles of track in Sierra National Forest’s scenic woodlands. The narrated ride lasts about an hour and often includes a stop in the forest so riders can stroll and take photos. 不过，要保持警惕. 在温暖的夏日夜晚, “masked bandits” on horseback stage mock train holdups, 他们的六支枪在燃烧.
Try to look away from the elegant furniture and Old World paintings so you can peruse the 725-bottle wine list at 欧娜接骨木之家的内部餐厅 Oakhurst的 很棒的五星级酒店， ch
Yosemite Ziplines and Adventure Ranch
In 蝴蝶百合’s pastoral, oak-covered hills, about 40 miles from Yosemite’s Arch Rock/Highway 140 entrance, Yosemite Ziplines and Adventure Ranch serves up 30-mile-per-hour thrills. Book a spot on the two-hour tour, which includes a ride in a beefed-up Polaris Ranger to the top of the zipline course, followed by a soaring descent on six separate lines. First-timers have nothing to fear; you’re provided with safety gear and taught how to zip by experienced guides. Anyone of any age can go zipping as long as they weigh between 60 and 250 pounds. If you’re hankering for a triceps workout, spend an hour climbing around on the ropes course.
Only a half-mile from Yosemite’s 大橡树公寓入口 在120号公路上， 拉什溪小屋’s 143 woodsy-chic rooms offer a peaceful respite after a day of adventuring in the park. 提出的 餐厅和酒馆 serve mountain-style comfort food—burgers, steaks, and seafood—plus a wealth of vegetarian options. In summer, you can dine by the lodge’s huge saltwater pool. There’s plenty to do on the 20-acre property including table tennis, 《体验, 棋盘游戏, 家庭电影之夜, and fire pits for evening s’more roasting, but the lodge’s biggest selling point is location—you can’t get closer to the 大橡树公寓入口 without being inside the park. An easy, scenic drive leads to either Yosemite Valley or 图奥勒米草甸. If Rush Creek is booked during your travel dates, try its sister property, 常绿的小屋, about 15 minutes farther north.
Looking for the perfect spot to take your kids swimming in a crystal-clear stream? 前往 彩虹池, a 20-foot waterfall and swimming hole on the South Fork of the Tuolumne River，离120高速公路 迪 and Yosemite’s 大橡树公寓入口. In the days of stagecoach travel, 彩虹池 was the site of a 收费桥 在南福克上空. The toll-keeper’s cabin was perched on a rock promontory jutting out above the waterfall. Today, a paved path leads a few hundred feet down to the small beach edging 彩虹池. 在每个夏日, 大胆的青少年跳水, 跳, 幻灯片, 在瀑布周围涉水, while more cautious youngsters wade into the giant pool.