“We want to encourage people to get outside and explore nature again after being inside their homes for several months...”

By Alison Fox
June 24, 2020

In a time when the appeal of wide-open spaces and remote seclusion is paramount, Tuolumne County in California has travelers covered.

The county, home to a large swath of Yosemite National Park, is inviting visitors to “Wander Freely,” in their new travel campaign touting the many outdoor experiences that can be had without worrying about getting too close to another adventurer.

“We want to encourage people to get outside and explore nature again after being inside their homes for several months,” Lisa Mayo, the president & CEO of Visit Tuolumne County, said in a statement provided to Travel + Leisure. “We hope travelers will see how easy it is to wander freely in Tuolumne County. The area offers an abundance of open-air outings including Yosemite explorations, California Gold Rush Country discoveries and High Sierra adventures. We are excited to be welcoming visitors back to our diverse scenery and fresh air.”

Courtesy of Visit Tuolumne County

Visitors can distance from others while camping, which was approved to reopen on June 12, taking advantage of breathtaking views while venturing deep into the High Sierras. Or go searching for wildflowers on one of the many walking trails in the county.

One of the county’s biggest draws, Yosemite, started reopening earlier this month, utilizing a day-use reservation system to prevent overcrowding. The park also happens to be one of the best places for grandparents to take their grandkids, perfect for families that have formed a social bubble to enjoy each other without the crowds.

Courtesy of Visit Tuolumne County
Courtesy of Visit Tuolumne County

To keep safe, Tuolumne County is reminding people to ensure they maintain physical distance from others and wear face masks in certain situations, like entering indoor, public spaces.

Local businesses in the area have also pledged to frequently clean high-touch surfaces and reduce occupancy in common areas, taking the Tuolumne County Healthy Pledge in an effort to assure potential visitors.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Tuolumne County has been allowed to reopen dine-in restaurants with some restrictions along with retailers, bars, and wineries.