Serendipity has always been kind to me, and I believe that cultivating the ability to trust serendipity – to follow its compass — is one of the essential travel arts. A journey I took a few years ago to Easter Island provided the perfect example of the gifts that serendipity can sometimes bestow. That journey […]
The tallest trees in the world and picture-perfect Yosemite Valley reign on this journey that transcends time and retraces the steps that inspired naturalist and philosopher, John Muir. This trip is a treasure trove of redwood trees, waterfalls, towering rock faces, and sheer – in more ways than one! – beauty. Two national parks boast it all – Sequoia-Kings Canyon and Yosemite. These parks together host an embarrassment of riches, and each day, you’ll delight in the iconic landscape that steal your gaze, including the famous General Sherman Tree, Half Dome, “El Cap,” Glacier Point, Tuolumne Meadows, and Yosemite Falls. Whatever you do, don’t forget your camera. (Ansel Adams surely didn’t.)
Meet in Fresno, then head straight for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, following winding roads to the forested John Muir Lodge, set beside Grant Grove. Time here will be focused on the incredible girth and stature of the giant sequoias, which can live to 3,000 years old! Amazed, we make our way next to Yosemite National Park, spending two nights at the park’s edge, with our days familiarizing ourselves with Yosemite, hiking and exploring. Our last two nights are spent in Yosemite Valley, where we explore more park trails to waterfalls, viewpoints, lakes, and meadows.
By the time you return to Fresno for flights home, you’ll feel a strong connection to two of California’s legendary national parks.