One of the world's most dramatic geological spectacles, Yosemite encompasses 1,170sq miles, with many breathtaking view points for drivers, including Glacier Point, located at the top of a 3,200ft almost-sheer cliff.
But to really get to grips with it all, ditch the car and hire a mountain bike or don some sturdy boots. Wonders include dense groves of giant sequoia trees, the clear Merced River, the famous rock face of El Capitan and Yosemite Falls, the highest in North America (seasonal). Wildlife exists in abundance with deer, coyotes and even black bears on the prowl, so take your binoculars and don't get too close! Ghost towns and mining museums also await discovery, as does eerie Mono Lake, a greenish alkaline stretch of water in which nothing can live.
Eats & drinks
Steaks, seafood and speciality dishes can be enjoyed in the Mountain Room Restaurant at your hotel.
A hire car is the best way to get around and many of the excursions are spread out. Inside the park, the best way to get around is on foot or by bike. Please Note: There is a charge (payable locally) for entrance into this national park.
- Yosemite Falls
- Half Dome
- Tunnel View
- Mariposa Grove
- Yosemite Village
Please note that the Tioga Pass and Glacier Point in Yosemite are both closed at certain times between October and May due to weather conditions. Dates of closure in these months may vary please visit the following website for full details of closures that may affect your route - www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/tiogaopen.htm
Different destinations have different magic touches so make sure to check them out to see what makes your holiday with us so special.
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Time difference: GMT -8 hours.