Introducing Yosemite & the Sierra Nevada
If you’ve done coastal, cultural, creative and culinary California, it might be time to shake off all those civilizing influences and discover another side of the state altogether. This would be, of course, the nature, adventure, blue skies and sheer wildness of its dominant mountain range, the majestic Sierra Nevada. This is where you come to shed all the stresses nibbling at your psyche and to get back to some elemental discoveries about yourself and where you fit into Nature’s grand design.
The Sierra is possibly the most accessible range of its size anywhere in the world and it’s certainly among the most beautiful. Classic Western towns harkening back to the Gold Rush days are its handmaidens and the portals through which an endless stream of seekers pursue their dreams: artists, fishers, trekkers, hedonists, deep-powder crowds and those who are only truly alive when belayed 1000ft above the ground on naked granite. Each group approaches with its distinct visions of perfection and the Sierra disappoints none of them.
John Muir called it the ‘Range of Light’ and the 400-mile-long phalanx of craggy peaks and awesome landscapes still tugs mightily at the hearts of visionaries, wanderers and those hungry for adventure - or peace. Cradling three of the nation’s most dazzling national parks (Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon), the Sierra is quite literally a wonderland of superlatives. It’s home to the contiguous USA’s highest mountain, North America’s tallest waterfall and the world’s biggest tree. It’s all there for the taking, demanding only that you bring a sense of wonderment and respect.
Yosemite & the Sierra Nevada destination guides
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite (yo-sem-it-tee) is the Taj Mahal of national parks and you’ll first encounter it with the same mixture of reverence and awe.
Yosemite's top day hikes
There’s no better way – and often no other way – to see Yosemite than by parking the car and hitting the trail. It’s impossible to say one area of the park is better for hiking than another, in fact all areas of the park are best explored on foot. Really, it depends on the hiker’s ability, interests and the time of year.
Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip
Take time out for a day trip into the wild beauty of Yosemite National Park from San Francisco. Enjoy the beautiful countryside and discover the raw beauty of California's most famous national park. Your journey begins with a drive through San Joaquin Valley and into the Sierra Nevada range.
7-Day Best of the West Tour by Private Plane: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Yosemite, Las Vegas & Grand Canyon
Want to discover the best of the American West over seven memorable days? This unique tour by private plane will fly you from Los Angeles to the West Coast's must-see destinations of San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon in luxury, comfort and speed! The 2,000 miles (3,200km) covered on this comprehensive tour of the West Coast would take more .
Hiking through Yosemite's back-country
To truly experience the breathtaking grandeur of Yosemite National Park, it's best to take to its unbeatable, uncrowded (and sometimes unforgiving) backcountry trails. Here’s a sample three-day summer adventure (the high country is unadvisable in winter).