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.