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Yosemite National Park, California


The best of California's extraordinary natural world

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Yosemite National Park is a vast wilderness of imposing mountains, giant forests, gushing waterfalls and daunting granite rocks. Established in 1890 to protect some of North America's most spectacular mountain terrain, Yosemite's beauty is unrivalled. Part of an region known as the High Sierras, its rugged landscapes make up one of California's most popular recreation areas.

Spectacular landscapes, mesmerising views

The Yosemite Valley is a good base to explore the park, where numerous roads, bus tours, bike paths and hiking trails lead visitors from one remarkable site to another. Standing nearly a mile above the valley floor, Half Dome cliff has become the symbol of Yosemite. The other major cliff is El Capitan, which attracts rock-climbers to its sheer face, the world's largest section of exposed granite.

Glacier Point is the best place to experience a Yosemite panorama, but can only be reached in summer as snow often blocks the road during winter. For further unmissable views, Yosemite Falls\s plunging cascades are the highest in North America. Beyond Yosemite's southern entrance, Mariposa Grove features over 500 giant Sequoia trees, but for the most astounding groves - and America's deepest canyon - visit the Sequoia & Kings Canyon national parks.

Top itineraries in Yosemite

California Classic - USA West Coast

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,100 pp incl. flights


– Save up to £300 pp
Book by: 15 December 2018

Discover the beauty of Yosemite National Park, austere Death Valley, the bright lights of Vegas, spectacular Grand Canyon and everything in between on this curated road trip.

Highlights of Northern California

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,240 pp incl. flights


– Save up to £575 pp
Book by: 02 February 2019

Northern California is a region of immense nature, world-leading wines and culture-packed cities, showcased in such icons as San Francisco, Sonoma and Yosemite National Park. Take in its headline acts on this fly-drive holiday.

Top places to stay in Yosemite

Majestic Yosemite Hotel, Yosemite

Historic hotel

Dating from 1927, this historic Four-Diamond hotel is set on a valley floor looking up in reverence to the colossal sights of Yosemite National Park.

Evergreen Lodge, Yosemite

Traditional lodge

The lodge comprises 88 log cabins, scattered carefully throughout a verdant pine forest so as to preserve the area’s intimate relationship with nature.

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