Half Dome. El Capitan. Bridalveil Fall. You probably know the names. Maybe you even had an Ansel Adams poster hanging in your college dorm. But have you really explored them? Because the thing is, if you're going to hang pictures of Yosemite on your walls, wouldn't it be great if they had your family in them? Well, here's your chance.
1 Witness the landscape shift from urban to pastoral to alpine on our scenic drive from San Francisco to the Sierra Nevada Travel back to the days of the California gold rush as you explore Mariposa County.
2 Walk i a grove of giant sequoias, Yosemite's largest stand of these ancient trees In the mood for some R&R? Kick back at the lodge, lounge by the pool or perhaps indulge at the spa.
3 Set out on foot from Glacier Point, savoring air perfumed with ponderosa and cedar, and admiring the views of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome and the Sierra Nevada Climb to the top of immense granite-faced Sentinel Dome Relax at the historic Majestic Yosemite Hotel (formerly known as the Ahwahnee)—the best way to stay in the valley.
4 Grown-ups glean secrets of Yosemite Valley from a local naturalist while youngsters take a kid-friendly rock-climbing class to scale the valley's world-famous granite walls Spin along the valley bike path, which offers unforgettable views of iconic Half Dome, Royal Arches and Clouds Rest.
5-6 High-country scenery—alpine lakes, rushing rivers and deep canyons —and a profusion of summer wildflowers provide the backdrop to our hikes in Tuolumne Meadows Enjoy activities like bocce ball and ping-pong or simply relax under the stars in the saltwater pool or the hot tub Cap off the week with a bike ride along the South Fork of the Tuolumne River to Rainbow Pools Feel like enjoying a refreshing dip? There's still time to jump into one of the many natural pools before we journey back to San Francisco A delightful farm-to-table lunch along the way is the perfect finale to our trip.