CALIFORNIA

YOSEMITE, GOLD COUNTRY & HIGH SIERRAS

Yosemite Falls: the tallest waterfall in North America. Mount Whitney: the highest mountain in the continental U.S. Lake Tahoe: the largest alpine lake in North America. Your Yosemite, Gold Country & High Sierras vacation will overflow with record-breaking destinations.

To look out at the open expanse of Yosemite Valley in the High Sierras is to look into John Muir’s heart, and his legacy as the Park’s visionary. Discover the best of Yosemite National Park’s illustrious highlights – like Half Dome rising nearly a mile into the sky – and uncover the lesser-known mysteries within the Park’s 1,200 square miles with our private guides. Continue your journey through California’s extensive mountain ranges to Sequoia National Park, where you will encounter the world’s largest tree, named by a pioneer in honor of General William Tecumseh Sherman. While the colossal sequoias are striking on their own, they are all the more captivating with a backdrop of granite peaks, lush meadows, vast caverns and glacial canyons.

At the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas, lies California’s Gold Country. The region has been attracting visitors since James Marshall first noticed a shiny object in the American River in 1848 – gold! Make California’s past your present with a drive down the wildflower-lined Highway 49 to visit Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, mountain bike in Downieville or taste the region’s earthy Zinfandels. Whatever your interests, we know you’ll be saying “Eureka” – the state’s motto – in no time.

Straddling the California-Nevada border, Lake Tahoe is an outdoor playground offering a myriad of activities to be enjoyed from world-class resorts – think winter snow skiing, summer boating and water skiing. The Mammoth Lakes region, a world-class skiing destination, is the gateway to both Devils’ Postpile National Monument and the other-worldly Mono Lake – an ancient saline lake dotted with amazing limestone formations known as tufa towers. It’s a birder’s paradise.

From the grandiose mountain ranges to the pristine lakes, your Yosemite, Gold Country & High Sierras vacation will leave you stunned by California’s abundant natural beauty.

HIGHLIGHTS

LAKE TAHOE


LAKE TAHOE

The largest alpine lake in North America, with 71 miles of shoreline to explore, Lake Tahoe is a vast, outdoor playground for the young and young at heart. Enveloped by the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains, this blue-like-you’ve-never-seen lake is home to year-round adventure (after all, there are, on average, 300 days of sunshine a year). There is paddleboarding, biking, kayaking, windsurfing, hiking and more in the warmer months, and skiing, boarding, snowshoeing at world-class resorts come winter – among them, Heavenly, Squaw Valley and North Star. One can’t help but forget the outside world when surrounded by all this natural splendor. Whether it’s the quieter, upscale North Shore, or the energetic pace of the South Shore, we urge you to come for the views, and stay to play.

WHAT WE REVEAL
We know that every three out of four days means sunshine in Tahoe – whether it’s January or July – and have made it our business to take full advantage of the miles of shoreline that stretch around this high-elevation lake. With a world-class resort as your home base (where you can look forward to a muscle-soothing massage after a day on the slopes or hiking trails), we’ll line up afternoons on a private beach, s’mores around the firepit, fully customizable hikes through wildflower-strewn meadows or more strenuous peak ascents with naturalists and local guides and more. Drive some of the most scenic roads in America, through the rugged Sierras. Drink in the ever-changing hues of the lake water in tear-drop Emerald Bay – look for Fannette Island, Tahoe’s only island, right in the center of the bay. Stroll the grounds of the former Tallac Resort – a glam resort frequented by San Francisco’s elite at the turn of the 20th century. Ride the gondola at Heavenly. Hike in to sweetly secluded Fallen Leaf Lake. You’ll find Tahoe is a state of mind, not simply a destination.

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> Yosemite National Park
> San Francisco Bay Area

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK


SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK

It’s hard to tone down the superlatives when discussing a Sequoia National Park vacation. After all, within its confines lies Mount Whitney, the highest mountain – at 14,505 feet – in the continental United States, as well as the world’s largest trees by weight and volume. They are more than 300 feet high and 50 feet in diameter – the bark itself is three feet thick. There are hundreds of miles of hiking trails from which to choose, including the John Muir Trail that – should you wish – you can follow to Whitney’s summit. One of the most memorable facets of the park is its caves – about 200 of them. Liburn Cave is the state’s largest; it tunnels through 17 miles of blue and white marble, and is like nothing you’ve ever experienced.

WHAT WE REVEAL
There’s something immensely soul soothing about Sequoia National Park’s towering forests – a place where feeling small is expected, and welcomed, in today’s frenetic world. Our local guides deeply admire the park and its natural treasures and are proud to show it off during your Sequoia National Park vacation, from the subalpine valley of Mineral King, a boon for backpackers, to day hikes to Crystal, Monarch, Mosquito and Eagle Lakes. Meet your guide for a private hike through a grove of giant sequoias, learning about the history and ecology of these graceful giants. Soak in the Sierra peaks from your perch in a striking mountain lodge. Pay homage to the 27-story General Grant Tree, the world’s second-largest living tree (escape the crowds and follow the quieter North Grove Loop through wildflower patches and bubbling creeks). And marvel at Crystal Cave, awash in ornate marble that has been polished by subterranean streams for eons and studded with icicle-like stalactites and mounds of stalagmites.

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> Big Sur
> Yosemite National Park

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK


YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

“No temple made with hands can compare to Yosemite,” wrote John Muir, the visionary who imagined and brought life to Yosemite National Park. Venture to the park that attracts over four million visitors each year, and we are sure you will agree with the founder’s statement. Best known for its natural beauty and impressive waterfalls, this unspoiled area of California stretches across the Sierra Nevada mountains and covers over 1,000 square miles. With its vastness comes an abundance of wildlife species and landscapes for all to appreciate.

WHAT WE REVEAL
Yosemite National Park is one of the parks that Revealed America knows best, so trust us to show you how to uncover the mystery of Yosemite.
We work with expert naturalist-guides who will lead you through the famous sites while pointing out little-known treasures and, if you want, can take you off the beaten path as well. Trek through the high country along Glacier Point Road to hike up to the Sentinel Dome, a lesser known spot with one of the best views of the lush valley below. Explore the granite rock formations of Half Dome and El Capitan. Grab your paddle and hop in a whitewater raft down the Merced River that flows through poppy-covered hillsides and burly pine forests. Learn all there is to know about the park by going on a private walk with a John Muir actor who has played the park’s founder for nearly two decades at the Yosemite Theater.
We will piece together an itinerary that satisfies all your interests, with just the right blend of recreation and adventure. As always, you will explore the beauty of Yosemite from the finest accommodations in the area.

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> Sequoia National Park
> Lake Tahoe
> Mammoth Lake

MAMMOTH LAKE


MAMMOTH LAKE

A four-season playground, Mammoth Lake is everything you wish for as a home base for Sierra exploration. There’s a cozy, small-town ambience here – and of course, the stunning backdrop of the 11,053-foot Mammoth Mountain. Mountain bike, fish, hike, soak in hot springs, ski – it’s all pretty sunflowers in the summer, powdery slopes in the winter.

WHAT WE REVEAL
Give us your alpine bucket list and we’ll curate an adrenaline-packed itinerary that takes full advantage of the Mammoth Lake region, the Eastern Sierras and Inyo National Forest. Just a few minutes from downtown, we’ll get our first view of the 65-million-year-old spires that make up the Minaret Vista in the Ritter Range. Mammoth Mountain is covered in snow most of the year, but we’ll jump on the gondola for 360-degree views of the San Joaquin Valley. Visit Devils Postpile National Monument, a geologic wonder and one of the world’s finest examples of columnar basalt, and the 101-foot-high Rainbow Falls. Visit hauntingly beautiful Mono Lake, one of the oldest lakes in the western hemisphere and a welcome oasis in the dry Great Basin. Millions of migratory and nesting birds make their home here. Get spooked at Bodie State Historic Park, an authentic gold-mining ghost town, designated a National Historic Site. Pack a picnic for wildflower-bedecked Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park, the largest sub-alpine meadow in the Sierra and surrounded by jagged, glacier-carved peaks.

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> Lake Tahoe
> Sequoia National Park
> Yosemite National Park

GOLD COUNTRY


GOLD COUNTRY

When you’re here it’s hard not to feel like you’re back in the Gold Rush yourself, surrounded by the rugged landscapes of Gold Country, hidden mine shafts and carefully preserved historic Western towns. Gear up for an adventure of a different kind, as you sleep in a miner’s cabin, stroll through an eerie ghost town or ride the rails by steam locomotive. Tour mines, elegant mansions and subterranean caverns. From a cruise on Sacramento’s restored Delta King riverboat to learning swirling gold-panning techniques in Jamestown, this is Gold Country unveiled.

WHAT WE REVEAL
Our expert Gold Country vacation guides will whisk you into Columbia State Historic Park, a Gold Country gem with its old-fashioned charm and living history. The costumed docents actually live and work here in period-appropriate shops and trades. Try a refreshing sarsaparilla soda in the Western-style saloon and catch a ride in an authentic stagecoach. We’ll head back to where the rush for gold all began at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park – kids will love giving gold-panning a try. It’s here that James Marshall first noticed a glint of gold in the river’s silt and with that, the 1849 Gold Rush took off. At Empire Mine Historic State Park, peer into a tiny mine shaft that holds the key to 367 miles of underground mining tunnels. We’ll float or raft down Class I to V rapids on the mighty American River, go glamping, search for wildlife and taste local wine and craft beer – all part of quirky, historic Gold Country vacation.

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> Lake Tahoe
> Yosemite National Park
> Mammoth Lake

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