Backroads Yosemite Family Walking & Hiking Tour
Backroads Yosemite Family Walking & Hiking Tour
Backroads Yosemite Family Walking & Hiking Tour
Backroads Yosemite Family Walking & Hiking Tour
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Backroads Yosemite Family Walking & Hiking Tour
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Yosemite Family Walking & Hiking Tour - Teens & Kids

Yosemite Valley's Dramatic Half Dome & Waterfalls

Yosemite is one of California's most epic natural playgrounds. Carved by ancient glaciers into the western slope of the Sierra Nevada, this magnificent expanse of unmatched wilderness has beckoned adventurers and artists for centuries. Walk in the steps of Ansel Adams and John Muir and take your family adventure to the next level while exploring this land of superlatives. 

THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels

FROM: $4,049 pp dbl occ
($1,250 for sgl occ)

Special Kids Prices

California

Start: San Francisco / End: San Francisco 

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

Highlights
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  • Explore the endless trails of Tuolumne Meadows where we may encounter wildlife including pikas, deer and birds of prey  
  • Scale beginner sections of the world-famous granite walls of Yosemite Valley during a special rock-climbing class (Just for kids) 
  • Walk through a grove of giant sequoias, Yosemite's towering ancient trees, which are among the largest living things on Earth 
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6 Days Premiere Hotels
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Day 1

Explore a magnificent sequoia grove, ceded to California just after the Civil War | Meet Grizzly Giant, the patriarch of the grove estimated to be almost 2,000 years old and admire the immensity of Fallen Monarch, undisturbed since it fell over three centuries ago | Relax in the pool at our historic lodge, cradled in the pines of the Sierra National Forest.

Tenaya Lodge
Tenaya Lodge
Fish Camp
| Premiere Hotel

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

Days 2-3

Take in views of renowned Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point | Savor the scents of ponderosa and cedar on a hike to Taft Point and Sentinel Dome | Stay at the Ahwahnee, the iconic hotel designed by Gilbert Stanley Underwood | Kids learn the ropes in a beginner's rock-climbing class on Yosemite's famous granite walls while adults explore a mixed conifer forest with a local naturalist | Choose how to spend your afternoon in Yosemite Valley—how about a leisurely hike through El Capitan Meadow or a visit to the Ansel Adams Gallery? 

The Ahwahnee
The Ahwahnee
Yosemite Village
| Premiere 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

Behold Tuolumne, one of the largest subalpine meadows in the Sierra Nevada | Today's backdrop of rugged mountain peaks and glacially carved domes is spectacular | Stay at a family-friendly lodge where kids enjoy s'mores by the outdoor fire pit | Hetch Hetchy, a dramatic glacial valley in a lesser visited area of the park, is the setting for today's walk | Check out Wapama Falls, looking for rainbows where the cascading falls meet the reservoir | Hike along a river to serene Carlon Falls, complete with its own plunge pool | Travel back to San Francisco to end your adventure.

Rush Creek Lodge
Rush Creek Lodge
Groveland​
| Premiere Hotel

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)

Dates & Prices

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: 1-4

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. LEARN MORE.

 

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 1 | 4 miles | 800 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 400 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles* | 200 ft. gain
Other
Kids - Rock Climbing Class (4 hours) | min. age: 6+
Adults - Naturalist-Guided Walk (3 hours)
Optional Afternoon Activities in Yosemite Valley
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 4 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 7 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 500 ft. gain
Level 1 | 5 miles | 800 ft. gain
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 200 ft. gain
* Includes shuttle.

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.

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 4 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? Rest assured that we have 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 is 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.

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