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The Natural Splendors in California's Sierra Nevada

  • Jaw-dropping hikes to alpine meadows, spectacular panoramas and waterfalls
  • Glean secrets of Yosemite Valley from a local naturalist
  • Explore the endless trails of Tuolumne Meadows, an area created by a glacier more than 2,000 feet thick and over two miles long
  • Walk amid the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Yosemite's largest stand of these majestic trees
  • Relax at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel, the best way to stay in the valley

Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls—legendary landmarks in an epic park whose grandeur is almost overwhelming. Soak up sublime vistas from Glacier Point. Marvel at soaring granite cliffs that were once likened to Gothic cathedrals. Behold towering sequoias. Welcome to Yosemite National Park: 761,266 acres of "wow!"

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Itinerary

Day 1 Step back in time to the days of California's gold rush on a visit to the Mariposa Museum  After fueling up with a picnic, get your legs moving on a scenic canyon hike lined with ferns, evergreens and moss.

Day 2 Walk amid an awe-inspiring grove of giant sequoias, Yosemite's imposing ancient trees—some estimated to be 1,800 years old, give or take a few centuries  What's your pleasure today? 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 Glacier Point, offering commanding vistas of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome and the Sierra Nevada  As you hike to the historic Majestic Yosemite Hotel (formerly known as the Ahwahnee), feel dwarfed by the vertical cliff walls looming above you.

Day 4 Glean a treasure trove of Yosemite Valley secrets from a local naturalist  The valley is yours to explore however you wish, be it hiking to Lower Yosemite Falls or paying a visit to the Ansel Adams Gallery.

Days 5-6 Get to know sprawling Tuolumne Meadows, with endless hiking trails, glorious high-country scenery and a profusion of summer wildflowers  Cap off the week with a hike alongside the South Fork of the Tuolumne River to delicate Carlon Falls.

If you and your family have been California dreamin', come hike with us in Yosemite, realm of natural treasures like Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls and towering Giant Sequoia trees. Exploring actively with us, you'll enjoy the region from all perspectives, from Glacier Point with its breathtaking vistas to Tuolumne Meadows, dotted with delicate wildflowers. And what could be better than getting cozy at the iconic Majestic Hotel, a National Historic Landmark? I hope you'll join us to experience the splendor of Yosemite National Park.
Melissa Schmidt- Regional Coordinator - North America

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. Read the Straight Talk

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? Rest assured that we have planned our itinerary to make the most of this vast and spectacular national park. 

Service at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel (formerly known as the Ahwahnee)

The Majestic Yosemite Hotel 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 is run by the national park and subject to park regulations and oversight. Similar to many national park lodges, service at the Majestic Yosemite can seem slow and brusque compared to the normally high standards found on other Backroads trips.
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Tenaya Lodge

Tenaya Lodge

Fish Camp (2 nights)

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

Majestic Yosemite Hotel

Majestic Yosemite Hotel

Yosemite Village (2 nights)

Formerly known as the Ahwahnee, this National Historic Landmark features elaborate stained-glass windows, original Miwok Indian arts and crafts, Oriental rugs and Shaker-style furnishings. (pool)

Rush Creek Lodge

Rush Creek Lodge

Groveland (1 night)

Set on 20 wooded acres at the doorstep to Yosemite National Park, this new lodge offers an ideal blend of contemporary sophistication and rustic warmth. (pool)

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If you and your family have been California dreamin', come hike with us in Yosemite, realm of natural treasures like Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls and towering Giant Sequoia trees. Exploring actively with us, you'll enjoy the region from all perspectives, from Glacier Point with its breathtaking vistas to Tuolumne Meadows, dotted with delicate wildflowers. And what could be better than getting cozy at the iconic Majestic Hotel, a National Historic Landmark? I hope you'll join us to experience the splendor of Yosemite National Park.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-4

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.

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Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 2* 200 4 900
2 4 800 7* 1200 11 1600
3 4* 1200 6* 1300 9* 800 11 800
4 3* 300
Naturalist Guided Walk (3 Hours)
Optional Hiking, Beach Cruiser Riding, Museum Visit or Rock Climbing
Historical Tour of the Majestic Yosemite Hotel (1 Hour)
5 4* 250 6* 300 7 1100
6 3 200
 

Note: The terrain on this trip includes well-maintained trails that vary from level to hilly and include substantial elevation gains and losses on longer options. Most activities take place at elevations of 5,000–9,000 feet, which can make the routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

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Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $3,598 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,098 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,298 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,698 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $6,598 pp dbl occ

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