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When you stay at the Holiday Inn Express hotel in Oakdale, California, you are surrounded by exceptional places to visit, enjoy and explore. Experience the extraordinary beauty of Yosemite National Park, giant water slides in Manteca, CA and Big Bear Park, rafting and canoeing on Stanislaus River, and Sierra sunsets on the Golden Sunset Dinner Train. Check out these exciting and relaxing destinations on your next outing or vacation.

Yosemite National Park
Coined the most beautiful place on earth by Theodore Roosevelt, Yosemite National Park embraces nearly 1,200 square miles of scenic wild lands set aside in 1890 to preserve a portion of the central Sierra Nevada that stretches along California's eastern flank. The park ranges from 2,000 feet above sea level to more than 13,000 feet, and offers these major attractions: alpine wilderness, three groves of Giant Sequoias and the glacially carved Yosemite Valley with impressive waterfalls, cliffs and unusual rock formations. Find out more iinformation at

Big Bear Park
Big Bear Park and Campgrounds offers waterslides, swimming, mini train rides, golfing, group activities, camping, entertainment and much more.209-874-4544. Find more information at

Dodge Ridge Ski Resort
Dodge Ridge is a 600-acre multi-sport mountain that offers snow boarding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Dodge Ridge has one of the best teaching programs in the U.S, according to SKI magazine, and an annual snowfall of 400 inches. The newly-constructed Canyon Quad will carry skiers and riders into Boulder Creek Canyon and 265 acres of exciting new terrain this winter, making Dodge Ridge competitive with Lake Tahoe resorts. The new terrain is best suited for upper intermediate, advanced and expert skiers and snow boarders. With 18 new trails in Boulder Creek Canyon and elsewhere on the mountain, Dodge Ridge will offer 60 trails, served by 12 lifts, including a new quad, two triples, five doubles and four surface lifts. Dodge Ridge is the easiest mountain to get to and the closest snow to the Bay Area. Find out more at

The Oakdale Rodeo
Since 1954, the Oakdale Rodeo has been the first outdoor rodeo in the Western United States held rain or shine. Oakdale earned the title Cowboy Capital of the World because of the number of successful Professional Rodeo Association cowboys who lived here. Today, the contestants, which have grown in number to over 400 and now include girl barrel racers, are often professional athletes instead of the ranch-born and bred contestants of the earlier days. Over the years, as the winner's purse has increased, so has the pride of the Oakdale Saddle Club, as it presents this superior exhibition. Share in the festivities of the Oakdale Rodeo every year on the 2nd weekend of April.

Rivers and Watersports
Water recreation abounds in the Oakdale area. Woodward Reservoir, just north of Oakdale, has 3,200 land acres and 2,800 acres of water. It is a favorite of swimmers, fishermen, sail boaters and water skiers. It has many grassy spots in the campgrounds and picnic area. Marino Ranchers offers a Western Theme Park for family fun. The Woodward Marina provides groceries and boat rentals as well as bait and tackle. There are great boat launching ramps and an abundance of plant and animal life. Call 209-847-2139. Local Rafting companies, including River Journey, Sunshine River Rafting and Beyond Limits Adventures, offer exciting opportunities to see and experience the local rivers with guided tours, river rafting, kayaking, canoeing, and other activities.

Stanislaus County Parks and Recreational Areas
With over 10,000 acres of land and 6,000 acres of water, the Stanislaus County Parks feature fishing, an archery range, duck hunting, swimming and river activities. 209-525-6750.

Oakdale Museum
Built in 1869 in the Italianette Victorian House, the Oakdale Museum contains old kitchens, bathrooms, and many items from the past. It is open all year to the public from noon to 4:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, and on the 2nd Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For information, call 209-847-9229.

Antique Shops
Oakdale has many antique and collectibles shops within walking distance of the downtown Visitors Center area. Come browse and take home a piece of the past.

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