Sequoia & Yosemite National Parks

Sequoia is home to giants: immense mountains, deep canyons, and the world’s largest trees. It was America’s second national park designated in 1890. The park extends to the summit of Mount Whitney, the highest mountain in the contiguous 48 states. Plunging in the opposite direction, far below the surface, are over 200 marble caverns. Next, the wonderful and famous Yosemite: The granite monoliths, towering waterfalls, and pastoral meadows provide breathtaking scenery. Yosemite Valley offers endless memorable sights including Mirror Lake, Glacier Point, Half Dome & more!

Day 1 – Portland to Sanger CA
Welcome to Sacramento, where our luxury motor coach awaits. We’ll have snacks and a chance to stretch before we arrive at our home for the next 2 nights: Wonder Valley Ranch & Resort, home to 75 of the most beautiful acres in the Sierra Nevada foothills. The grounds and staff at Wonder Valley will exceed all expectations. You’ll have a chance to get cozy in your room before our Hosted Happy Hour… Yippee! Next enjoy a wonderful dinner before we say goodnight. Wonder Valley Ranch & Resort (D)

Day 2 – Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
Enjoy a Breakfast Buffet at the resort this morning. Next welcome our knowledgeable step-on guide as we make our way to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. They lay side-by-side in the southern Sierra Nevada, east of the San Joaquin Valley. This landscape testifies to nature’s size, beauty, and diversity – huge mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, and the world’s largest trees. Did you know that Sequoia National Park is the second-oldest national park in the United States? It was created by Congress on September 25, 1890. Only Yellowstone National Park is older, created in 1872. We’ll enjoy a picnic in the park with soup, sandwiches and all the fixings. This beautiful meadow is a great spot for lunch! Did you know the parks also contain the Mineral King Valley and Mt. Whitney, the highest mountain in the contiguous 48 States? Kings Canyon is the best-kept secret in American geology. The canyon reaches a depth of 8,200 feet from river level up to Spanish Mountain’s peak. At the confluence of the Middle and South Forks of the Kings River, the canyon is the deepest in North America; deeper than the Snake River’s Hells Canyon in Idaho, or even the better-known Grand Canyon in Arizona! Our guide will lead us on a walking tour around the magnificent Sequoia trees. This quarter of a mile walk is truly breathtaking. Behold the oldest living thing in the world General Grant named the Nation’s Christmas tree.  We’ll head back to the ranch where we’ll have a historical walking tour… the ranch. is quite possibly the most versatile and awe-inspiring property on the West Coast. There are few places in this part of the world with these kinds of breathtaking views. From the early rock walls, built by the region’s first settlers, to the Indian artifacts found in the Wonder Valley Museum, signs of life dating back three centuries are all around the facility. The ranch Chef will delight us with another brilliant buffet tonight. Wonder Valley Ranch & Resort (B, L, D)

Day 3 – Sanger CA to Yosemite
After breakfast we will depart for the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Rail Road. Ride into history on an exciting four mile railroad excursion, where powerful locomotives once hauled massive log trains through the Sierra Mountains. Where mighty lumberjacks chopped timber and flumes carried lumber to the distant valley below. The majestic woods provide the backdrop for this narrow gauge journey back in time. Lunch will be served at the Station’s picnic area. After lunch we will check into our home for the next 2 nights… Tenaya Lodge. The lodge at Yosemite is a majestic Sierra resort set at the national park’s soaring South Gate. There’s a lot to see and do here. The Lodge features five seasonal dining options that reflect California’s bountiful culinary scene. Tenaya Lodge (B, L)

Day 4 – Yosemite – Local Touring
After breakfast we’ll head to Yosemite National Park for a “Flore Tour”. Learn the history of Yosemite, our nation’s first land dedicated to recreation and enjoyment. As the precedent for all future American National Parks, we truly know there would be no national parks without Yosemite. The Park was established in 1890 and draws four million annual visitors. Almost 95 percent of the park’s 747,956 acres (roughly the size of Rhode Island) is classified as wilderness. The Valley is a 7 mile wide canyon with incredible rock formations, including El Capitan, the world’s tallest granite monolith and one of the world’s top rock climbing destinations. Yosemite Falls is the largest waterfall in North America with breathtaking views. The park is also known for its Giant Sequoia trees, which are estimated to be over 3,000 years old. You’ll have some free time to explore on your own before we head back to Tenaya Lodge where you can enjoy more free time! Rest at the lodge, or take advantage of their wonderful amenities. The lodge features a great gift shop, a luxurious full-service spa, and 3 pools – 2 indoor and 1 outside.  After a refreshing break, be treated to a scrumptious farewell dinner at the Lodge. Tenaya Lodge (B, D)

Day 5 – Yosemite to Home
After breakfast we’ll head back to Sacramento for our flight home with memories of fantastic National Parks on this great tour. (B)

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