"No temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite. Every rock in its walls seems to glow with life...their feet among beautiful groves and meadows, their brows in the sky..." John Muir, father of our national parks, would agree: Yosemite is a place that must be seen to be believed. The iconic majesty of Half Dome. The enormity of El Capitan. The awe-inspiring immensity of centuries-old sequoias. Come experience one of the world’s most glorious landscapes with us. Though words may fail you, this Yosemite adventure will live in your memory forever.
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 TimeWe 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 AhwahneeThe grand Ahwahnne 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 Ahwahnee can seem slow and brusque compared to the normally high standards found on other Backroads trips.
Biking in YosemiteBecause 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 will be supplied with maps, directions and locks for the ride, which is almost entirely on flat bike paths.
Day 1 Travel back in time on a bike ride through Yosemite's Gold Country amid towering pine trees Descend to Red Rock Falls, once part of a 54-mile-long lumber flume.
Day 2 Stroll in the shade of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Yosemite's largest stand of these ancient trees, believed to be 2,700 years old Feel free to stop in at the Mariposa Grove Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places In the mood for some R&R? Kick back at the lodge, lounge by the pool or perhaps indulge at the spa.
Day 3 The historic Ahwahnee Hotel, the best way to stay in the valley Set out on foot to Taft Point, with commanding vistas of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome and the Sierra Nevada As you hike, it's easy to feel dwarfed by the soaring cliff walls that loom above you.
Day 4 Learn about Yosemite's fascinating natural and cultural history alongside a local naturalist Pedal past iconic granite formations on a bike ride through the Yosemite Valley Stop by the Ansel Adams Gallery or Yosemite Museum, or dip your toes in the chilly Merced River.
Days 5-6 Lose yourself amid the sprawling beauty of Tuolumne Meadows, with endless hiking trails, glorious high-country scenery and a profusion of summer wildflowers Cap off the week with a farm-to-table lunch in the garden of a historic home and a hike to a lookout with views of Hetch Hetchy, Wapama Falls and the surrounding high country.
- Explore Yosemite's historic Gold Country on two wheels
- Glorious hikes to waterfalls, alpine meadows and spectacular panoramas
- Glean secrets of Yosemite Valley from a local naturalist
- Walk amid the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Yosemite's largest stand of these ancient trees
- Ahwahnee Hotel, the best way to stay in the valley
Premiere & Casual Inns
Tenaya Lodge (2 nights): A comfortable mountain resort near Yosemite's South Gate with plentiful amenities and panoramic forest views. (pool, spa)
Ahwahnee Hotel (1 night): 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 (2 nights): 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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* Includes a shuttle
2015 Dates & Pricing*
- 6/9-14 Price: $3498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $970 for sgl. occ.)
- 6/16-21 Price: $3298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $970 for sgl. occ.)
- 6/30-7/5 Price: $3298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $970 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/14-19 Price: $3298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $970 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/28-8/2 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $970 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/4-9 Price: $3298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $970 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/25-30 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $970 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/8-13 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $970 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/15-20 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $970 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/22-27 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $970 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/29-10/4 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $970 for sgl. occ.)
- 10/6-11 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $970 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Private Trips Options & Pricing
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.
Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)
|8 - 9 guests from $3,798 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $2,998 pp dbl. occ.|
|10 - 11 guests from $3,298 pp dbl. occ.|
All Private Singles-Solos trips require a minimum of 16 guests.
For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.
Guest Trip Reviews
John Muir made the protection of Yosemite's treasured wilderness his life's mission. On our new multisport adventure in Muir's world, the dense forests, sprawling meadows, thundering waterfalls and towering granite peaks of this natural sanctuary leap to life. The Giant Sequoias, Glacier Point, Yosemite Falls and the historic Ahwahnee Hotel are but a few of the famous sites on the itinerary. And options for exploring abound - from hiking and biking to horseback riding, swimming and spa treatments. Enjoy!- Regional Manager, California