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The towering peaks, hidden valleys and cascading waterfalls of the National Parks have to be seen to be believed. Yosemite is a true natural wonder with its meadows of wildflowers, dazzling waterfalls, sheer granite rock formations and wildlife. Enjoy a valley floor tram tour of the Yosemite Valley, or hire bikes for the chance to go out and explore for yourself.

Be sure to head up to Glacier Point, the highest point in the park, which benefits from the most spectacular views across the Valley. South Lake Tahoe is the ultimate year-round destination, famous for its ski resorts such as Heavenly as well as Las Vegas-style casinos.

With a great variety of watersports on offer such as water-skiing, jet skiing and sailing, sunny Tahoe days can be filled with adventure and exhilaration based around and on the lake. Mammoth Lakes boasts miles of pristine alpine hiking trails, extreme downhill mountain biking as well as fishing in the San Joaquin River Valley. Spend your days snapping photos, climbing mountains, wading waist deep into rivers, or relaxing in the soft grass of a meadow in the Sequoia National Park.

Top 5 Experiences

  • Hike to Vernal Falls in Yosemite National Park; a moderate to strenuous hike on the Mist Trail involving a walk up a steep granite stairway of over 600 steps.
  • Visit Mono Lake located in California’s spectacular eastern Sierra, a salty oasis for millions of migratory and nesting birds.
  • For some outdoor fun try stand-up paddle-boarding on sapphire blue Lake Tahoe, a true California gem.
  • To experience the history of this region you should explore Bodie, an original Gold Rush boom town frozen in time in a 'state of arrested decay'.
  • Wander the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia Trees, located near Yosemite’s south entrance.

Sightseeing & Tours

  • Outdoor Adventures – Whichever National Park you wish to visit, there is a wealth of outdoor activities where you can get up close and personal with the wildlife, nature and stunning vistas. Make sure you ask the local guides and rangers for the best options and experiences. Entry fees to National Parks vary. Please ask for details.
  • Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise – Board the M.S. Dixie II for a 2-hour cruise around magnificent Lake Tahoe.From £35pp.

Key Attractions

  • Yosemite National Park
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Heavenly Ski Resort at South Lake Tahoe
  • Old Faithful Geyser at Yellowstone National Park
  • Hot Springs at Mammoth Lakes
  • Giant Forest Museum, Sequoia National Park