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California's Yosemite Multi-Adventure Tour - For Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond

Giant Sequoias, Iconic Half Dome & Yosemite Falls

One or more kids 20+ required (siblings 17+ ok)

Family — 20s & Beyond

6 days 5 nights

Activity Level: 1-3

Casual Plus Hotels

From: $4,699 pp dbl occ

($1,800 for sgl occ)

Yosemite is a place that must be experienced to be believed. The iconic majesty of Half Dome. The enormity of El Capitan. The awesome immensity of centuries-old sequoias. Come experience one of the world's most glorious landscapes with us. Though words may fail you, this adventure will live in your family's memory forever. 

California Yosemite Family Multi-Adventure Tour map
California Yosemite Family Multi-Adventure Tour map


Start/End San Francisco

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.


  • Hike to waterfalls, alpine meadows and sweeping panoramas of Yosemite Valley and explore Hetch Hetchy in a lesser-visited part of the park
  • Unwind at The Ahwahnee—an icon of the park and a historic hotel designed to highlight the dramatic natural surroundings
  • Walk amid the giant sequoias, Yosemite's ancient trees, many of which are thousands of years old
  • Swim in the cool waters of a refreshing natural pool after biking through spectacular scenery


Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Casual Plus Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Day 1

Stroll in the shade of a grove of giant sequoias, some believed to be 2,700 years old | Stop in at the Mariposa Grove Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places | Kick back at the lodge or lounge by the pool with your family.

Exterior view of Tenaya Lodge
Tenaya Lodge
Fish Camp
| Casual Plus Hotel

A comfortable mountain resort near Yosemite's South Gate with plentiful amenities and panoramic forest views. (pool, spa) 

Days 2-3

Set out on foot to Taft Point, with commanding vistas of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome and Glacier Point | You'll feel dwarfed by the soaring cliff walls that loom above you | Relax at our hotel—a National Historic Landmark with floor-to-ceiling windows framing spectacular Yosemite Valley views | Learn about Yosemite's history and native flora on a guided walk or learn the ropes of climbing in one of the world's preeminent rock-climbing meccas | Pedal past iconic granite formations, Yosemite Falls and Mirror Lake | Watch deer grazing in a meadow, pop into the Ansel Adams gift shop or Yosemite Museum, or dip your toes in the chilly Merced River.

Exterior View of The Ahwahnee
The Ahwahnee
Yosemite Village
| Casual Plus Hotel

A National Historic Landmark, this iconic hotel features elaborate stained-glass windows, original Miwok Indian arts and crafts, Oriental rugs and Shaker-style furnishings. (pool)

Days 4-6

Lose yourself amid the sprawling beauty of Tuolumne Meadows, with endless hiking trails, glorious high-country scenery and a profusion of wildflowers | Settle into your rustic cabin at a historic lodge, then jump in the saltwater pool or soak your muscles in the solar-heated hot tub | Enjoy a visit to Hetch Hetchy in the northwestern part of the park, followed by a hike to see Wapama Falls | Play bocce or relax under the stars.

Exterior view of the Evergreen Lodge
Evergreen Lodge
| Casual Plus Hotel

Elegantly rustic and welcoming cabins nestled amid towering pines on the western border of Yosemite. (pool)  

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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Activity Level: 1-3

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Daily Route Options

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 500 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles | 800 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 400 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Level 3 | 9 miles | 900 ft. gain
Level 4 | 11 miles | 900 ft. gain
Day 3
Level 1 | 7 miles | 300 ft. gain
Rock Climbing Class (3½ hours)
Naturalist-Guided Walk (3½ hours)
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 4 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 7 miles | 1100 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 5 miles | 800 ft. gain
Level 1 | 14 miles | 500 ft. gain
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 300 ft. gain

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Shuttle Time

We know you signed up for an active vacation, so why would you want to spend time sitting in a van? The truth is, we do spend more time shuttling on this trip than we do on many other Backroads trips, but that's because we're willing to go the distance to bring you the very best of Yosemite's natural wonders. Of course, we could cut out some shuttle time by only exploring one corner of the park, but how could we possibly choose which experiences to sacrifice? We've planned our itinerary to make the most of this vast and spectacular National Park. 

Service at  The Ahwahnee

The Ahwahnee is a historical treasure and by far the best place to stay in the Yosemite Valley. Its location within Yosemite National Park makes it an ideal base for exploring the valley's many sights, but also means it's run by the national park and subject to park regulations and oversight. Similar to many national park lodges, service at The Ahwahnee can seem slow and brusque compared to the normally high standards found on other Backroads trips.

Biking in Yosemite

Because of national park regulations, biking is limited on this trip and leaders are not allowed to offer full support for the ride in Yosemite Valley, but you'll be supplied with maps, directions and locks for the ride, which is almost entirely on flat bike paths.

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