John Muir knew exactly what he was seeing. So big, so beautiful, so worth preserving. Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls - legendary landmarks in a legendary park whose grandeur is almost overwhelming. It's no surprise that many 19th-century tourists to this glacier-carved wonderland saw it as a new Eden. Soak up jaw-dropping vistas from Glacier Point. Marvel at soaring granite cliffs that the early travelers once likened to Gothic cathedrals. Bask in the shade of towering sequoias. Welcome to Yosemite National Park: 761,266 acres of "wow!"
Day 1 Walk amid the awe-inspiring Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Yosemite's largest stand of these ancient trees The grove's famous Grizzly Giant tree is estimated to be 1,800 years old - give or take a few centuries.
Day 2 Sublime hikes to thundering waterfalls, alpine meadows and spectacular panoramas in the Sierra Nevada, called the "Range of Light" by John Muir After fueling up with a picnic, get your legs moving on a scenic hike to remote Chilnualna Falls Perhaps you'll be up for a swim or a spa treatment at our hotel, cradled by the pines of the Sierra National Forest.
Day 3 Ahwahnee Hotel, the best way to stay in the valley Travel to Glacier Point, with commanding vistas of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome and the Sierra Nevada As you hike to the historic Ahwahnee Hotel, feel dwarfed by the vertical cliff walls looming above you.
Day 4 Glean secrets of Yosemite Valley from a local naturalist The valley is yours to explore however you wish, be it horseback riding, hiking to Lower Yosemite Falls or paying a visit to the Ansel Adams Gallery.
Days 5-6 Sprawling Tuolumne Meadows, with endless hiking trails, glorious high-country scenery and a profusion of summer wildflowers Cap off the week with a hike to Camp 4 or Carlon Falls in a hidden corner of the park.
- Sublime hikes to thundering waterfalls, alpine meadows and spectacular panoramas
- Glean secrets of Yosemite Valley from a local naturalist
- Sprawling Tuolumne Meadows, with endless trails
- Walk amid the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Yosemite's largest stand of these majestic trees
- Ahwahnee Hotel, the best way to stay in the valley
Tenaya Lodge (2 nights): A comfortble mountain resort near Yosemite's South Gate with plentiful amenities and panoramic forest views. (pool, spa)
Ahwahnee Hotel (2 nights): A National Historic Landmark - and as much an icon of Yosemite as Half Dome - the Ahwahnee features elaborate stained-glass windows, etched stone floors, original Miwok Indian arts and crafts, carved wood paneling, Oriental rugs and Shaker-style furnishings. (pool)
Evergreen Lodge (1 night): Elegantly rustic and welcoming cabins nestled amid towering pines on the western border of Yosemite. (pool)
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of
interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one
day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat
from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each
day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
Routes For All Abilities
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|Naturalist guided walk (3 hours)|
|Optional hiking, horseback riding, beach cruiser riding, museum visit or rock climbing|
|Historical tour of the Ahwahnee Hotel (1 hour)|
* Includes a shuttle
2013 Dates & Pricing*
- 6/23-28 Price: $3298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $990 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/7-12 Price: $3298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $990 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/21-26 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $990 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/4-9 Price: $3298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $990 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/18-23 Price: $3298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $990 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/27-9/1 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $990 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/1-6 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $990 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/8-13 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $990 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/15-20 Price: $3298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $990 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/22-27 Price: $3298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $990 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/29-10/4 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $990 for sgl. occ.)
- 10/6-11 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $990 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Guest Trip Reviews
I had very high expectations for this trip, having wanted to visit Yosemite for many years. I have to say that they were exceeded in every respect. The trip leaders were very enthusiastic and on top of everything. They took us to some beautiful places, where we saw very few people. The lodgings were very luxurious and the food was great. I will never forget this trip!- Kingston, UK
Yosemite stands on its own but was certainly enhanced by our great leaders. They were fun, helpful, personable, professional...everything one expects and needs from a group leader. Looking forward to our next Backroads trip!!- Chula, GA
My brother and I turned 50 this year. We decided to take a trip together as brothers. I had wanted to take a Backroads trip for several years after hearing of the company from a co-worker and after having reviewed catalogs for several years. This trip fulfilled everything I hoped for and more. I spent a lot of quality time with my brother on the trail without having to worry about anything. The location was off the charts! The friendliness and directions of our leaders were also off the charts! The friendship of our fellow travelers just added to the overall quality of the trip. I cannot wait until my next trip.- Suwanee, GA
With each trip, we are certain that we just experienced the very best leaders ever. Then we arrive for the next trip and we experience this same excellence all over again with a different leader. The many wonderful and knowledgeable people that work in the organization are the backbone of Backroads!- Richmond, VA
Backroads exceeded our expectations in terms of delivering a wonderful experience; hiring great hike leaders who were personable, knowledgeable, extremely hard working, guest focused and created new advocates and future guests for their wonderful company.- Los Angeles, CA
This is my third Backroads trip. I am pleased to note that every other member of our party had previous Backroads experiences! Such return support speaks for itself.- Roscoe, IL
The trip to Yosemite ties with Alaska for being the best Backroads trip ever. For me it is a combination of the scenery, the hiking, the leaders, and the other guests. This group of 20 guests really melded and created a memorable experience.- Richmond, VA
We love going with Backroads! They can take us to places that would be more difficult to get reservations at as a couple, get us to places where there may be less tourists, and show us some great outdoor places.- South Haven, MI