Groveland is located on Highway 120, 24 miles (38 km) from Yosemite entrance and 36 miles (58 km) from Yosemite Valley, the historic community of Groveland is the most convenient gateway to this treasured national landmark for tourists coming from the San Francisco Bay area, Sacramento, Stockton or Modesto. Groveland is also home to a great "downtown" with a park, shops, restaurants and the famous/infamous Iron Door Saloon said to be California's oldest continuously-operating saloon. Population 1,500; Elevation 2,844 feet (860 meters).
Groveland is modest by most standards, but it's still the largest town between Sonora and Yosemite's Big Oak Flat (northwest) entrance, and the last place you'll find a bigger-than-a-quickie-mart market before the one in Yosemite Village. There are half a dozen small inns and B&Bs tucked away in Groveland, including two notable antique hotels on the main street: the Groveland Hotel, constructed in 1849, and the Hotel Charlotte. Both are on the National Register of Historic Places. The Iron Door Saloon dates from 1852.