Some of the world's most beautiful mountain terrain is protected within the 1,170 square miles of Yosemite National Park. Approximately a four hour drive from San Francisco, visitors flock from all over the world to descend upon this stunning park, each wanting to admire its breathtaking views formed by millions of years of glacial activity.
The Park is the size of Rhode Island and has many, many incredible places to visit, the most popular are Yosemite Valley, Wawona and Mariposa Grove, Glacier Point, El Capitan, Half Dome, Tuolumne Meadows and Hetch Hetchy.
The famous Tioga Pass that spans the Park from one side to the other, is a fabulous drive through alpine scenery, crystal blue lakes and grassy meadows. However, due to heavy snow fall, this pass is typically only open late May to mid October.
Various accommodation options are available in and around the park. Call to discuss the best options for your holiday.
Located in the scenic Sierra Nevada Mountain range, south of Yosemite National Park, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks are adjacent to one another. Lush forests, granite peaks and glacier-carved canyons are rich with wildlife and not as busy as Yosemite. The parks are most famous for their giant sequoia trees, the earth's largest living species. You'll be particularly impressed by General Sherman. In tree terms, by volume, it's the largest tree in the world at a height of 275 feet.
Towering Mt Whitney, the highest mountain in the contiguous 48 states, watches majestically over these parks.
The High Sierra, and scenic Highway 108, is another consideration when visiting this area. High Sierra, as you might have guessed, is due to the high elevation of the region. It also happens to be one of the largest contiguous wilderness areas in America. Outdoor enthusiasts will marvel at the spectacular vistas, trails, lakes, rivers and of course, fresh mountain air.
Not all road and parks are accessible year round, so please call to discuss your travel plans.
Where you stay is the heart of your holiday. Location reigns supreme but do you prefer resort facilities or unique and boutique? Historic and old world or modern and shiny?
We aim to present choices across the spectrum but there are many hundreds of places to stay and not room to feature them all. Do speak to your Bon Voyage travel consultant and click the video for our take on this important topic.