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Yosemite National Park: an Overview

150 miles east of fashionable Frisco, its back to nature in the Yosemite National Park, where huge granite monoliths, tumbling waterfalls and groves of ancient sequoia and redwood trees dominate the landscape. Designated as protected land by Abraham Lincoln back in 1864, today the park is a haven for walkers, climbers and general outdoorsy types.

The Yosemite Valley brings the drama, with near vertical cliffs - including the infamous El Capitan whose sheer rock face would tower over the Burj Kalifa - hedging the banks of the Merced River. Waterfalls flow from great heights, feeding Alpine lakes and streams, and at ground level, walkers explore grassy meadows, groves of cedar, and oak trees, hoping for sightings of deer, coyotes and black bears. Wander among groves of ancient Sequoia trees, which are the oldest living things in the world no less, and let the altitude and the scenery take your breath away at Glacier point.

Yosemite National Park in California makes for one of the most alluring combinations imaginable with a sophisticated city stay in San Francisco, and a few days wine tasting in the elegant Napa and Sonoma valleys.

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White water rafting
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White Water Rafting

In the spring and early summer, go white water rafting on the Merced River in Yosemite National Park. There are different sections of the river to choose from, so whether you're a first timer or a seasoned pro with a taste for adrenaline, there is a ride to suit. Depending on the conditions and the time of year, the rapids can range from Class One to Four.

Rock climbing in Yosemite
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Learn to Rock Climb

If you're lucky enough not to suffer from vertigo, spend a morning learning to rock climb with a private guide. Your guide can teach you the very basics if you've never climbed before, or take you to new levels (quite literally) if you're a pro. The experts could tackle the iconic El Capitan or Half Dome, one of the iconic sights of Yosemite National Park.

Hiking in Yosemite
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Private Tour of the Park

Enjoy a private tour of the national park with a guide, taking in spectacular of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, as well as beautiful granite cliffs and magnificent waterfalls. Exploring the park with a knowledgeable guide means you can benefit from local knowledge and visit spots off the tourist trails.

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Explore the Park With a Guide

Spend a day exploring Yosemite with a private guide and ex-ranger of the national park, whose knowledge and passion for all that Yosemite has to offer is unrivalled. As well as taking in the landscapes, you'll learn about the history and conservation of this iconic national park. Begin at the famous Glacier Point, overlooking the immense Sierra Nevada Mountain range, before exploring more of the park on hikes or drives.

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A Note on Price

All of our holidays are completely tailor-made and prices will vary based on things like when in the year you will be travelling, how far in advance you book, the class of flights included and the level of accommodation you choose. The guide prices shown across this website are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip.

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