Seasons of Magic in Yosemite: Splendor in the Sierra Nevada

Gain a deeper understanding of Yosemite as you explore natural wonders, visit a historic hotel and learn the story of how art helped establish one of America's first national parks.
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Program No. 1197RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Experience the ever-changing beauty of Yosemite National Park and the expansive Sierra Nevada on an extraordinary adventure. Feel the mist of Bridalveil Fall. Delight in your first glimpse of Half Dome and Yosemite Valley from historic Tunnel View. Walk among towering sequoia trees. Led by an exceptional storyteller, hear the history of this legendary landscape and delve into its geology, wildlife and vegetation during fascinating field trips into Yosemite National Park.
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Keep the Pace
Optional hiking up to three miles on gently sloping terrain. Elevations up to 7,000 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Stand before natural marvels like El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall and Yosemite Falls.
  • Walk trails that wind among giant sequoias, the world’s largest trees and some of the oldest living things on Earth.
  • Visit the Ansel Adams Gallery and the Native American Village and Museum.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a single room to yourself for only $100 more (for many programs). If Glacier Point road is closed due to snow, Yosemite Falls and Columbia Rock destinations on the Valley Floor will be offered.
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Gayle Farmer
Gayle is a native Californian who has lived in the Sierra foothills for over 10 years, having relocated from Southern California. A former quilt shop owner for more than 15 years, she continues to quilt, knit and do needlework. Gayle volunteers for the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau, and has been a Road Scholar group leader for the past five years.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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