19237
California

The Best of Yosemite National Park: An American Icon

Discover the wonders of Yosemite National Park alongside naturalists as you learn about and explore Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Meadows, Glacier Point and many other iconic treasures.
Rating (4.96)
Program No. 19237RJ
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6 days
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2,499
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4.96 Average
Carla
(5)

Our trip the Yosemite this fall has been the highlight of our year. Our excellent guide,Frank, was knowledgable and friendly. We met new friends and enjoyed everyone on the trip. It was a life enhancing week for me and my husband.

Jim
(5)

Very enjoyable experience. Well managed. Good food. Great people. Will do more programs in future.

GLENN
(5)

Four days in Yosemite Valley offered great opportunities for early morning and later evening walks and photographic opportunities, alone time and chances to glimpse wildlife.

Catherine
(5)

This was a really fun trip in a wonderful location and hotel.

Robert
(4)

This Yosemite adventure provides a wealth of information and experience on the geology, history, weather, biology, and beauty of this magnificent national park.

Terry
(5)

Outstanding trip! Yosemite is beautiful and this "Best of" trip keeps you in the heart of it. For free time - the shuttle service is excellent.

Carol
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

We had a wonderful time on our Yosemite trip. Mary Jackson and her husband, Drew, were fun to be with and made everything go as smoothly as possible. Michael Ross was interesting and informative as he served as the naturalist for the tour. It was also fun to meet John Muir as played by Frank Helling, and hear a little of his adventures. The only problems had to do with the food. One dinner was at 8:30 p.m., the picnic lunches were pretty bad, the dinner with John Muir was cold and in a room where the AC had not been turn on and our final lunch took three tries before a place was found to serve us. All of these should be addressed by Road Scholar. However most of us did not come on this trip for the gourmet meals and between Mary, Drew, Michael, Frank and our other fellow travelers, we had a great time and would certainly recommend this trip to others.

Christopher
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

Yosemite is fabulous, Mary and Drew Jackson were perhaps the best group leaders I've had on any outing, and the other program participants were a joy. Once again, though, your vegetarian choices were terrible. Issues: 1. Plated meals leave us no choice - we bailed from four and bought our own meals, usually at the same venue. We packed cheese, crackers, fruits and nuts for our outings. Hotels and restaurants now routinely serve a variety of good vegetarian choices - the issue is what the Road Scholars staff orders for our vegetarian plated meals. 2. A salad and pasta primavera is not nutritionally adequate meal. We were served this four times in a six day program. It makes us second class citizens when others are served generous portions of salmon, chicken, beef, or sea food. 3. Your vegetarian options were almost all vegan. That would be okay if they had adequate vegan nutrition and flavor, but they did not. Some eggs, dairy, yoghurt, gardenburgers or other protein source would have helped those options. The soggy roasted vegetable wrap for a picnic lunch was the low point of nutrition and aesthetics. 4. No problems with breakfasts - eggs, yoghurt and the usual offerings work just fine. 5. This is the 6th Road Scholar program we've had this problem with. The vegetarian choices have been good to excellent on the cruises (Aegean Odyssey, Paul Gaugin, and the Great Lakes cruise), but even the land portions of those excursions were disappointing for vegetarian meals. 6. I am a physician with training in public health and also edited a health and nutrition newsletter ("Doctors Orders") for 20 years. I would be happy to discuss vegan and vegetarian nutrition and dietary options if your staff need help. 7. I recognize that the Road Scholar demographic has not as widely embraced vegetarian and vegan diets as other age groups. If you had more 30-something clients, you would already have fixed this. Christopher H. Coulter, MD, MPH 714-296-3333

Mary
(5)

Yosemite National Park should be experienced by everyone and more than once. The Road Scholar program does an excellent job of housing you right in the valley close to the magical places of the park. The program offers a nice balance of education on the park, its flora, its animal life and its history. But Mother Nature provides you the big stuff....waterfalls, granite walls, star-lit nights and a deep sense of spiritual uplift. Go experience Yosemite!!

Christi
(5)

Yosemite is an awe inspiring place. Don't miss seeing and experiencing it and do it with Road Scholar because they handle ALL the details for you and give to access to intructors, experiences and information you may not otherwise have.

Bill
(5)

Yosemite is a beautiful place with a rich history. Road scholar provided an excellent trip.

Jill
(5)

This trip exceeded my expectations! The big plus was to be able to stay in the park so that you could get up early and walk to Yosemite Falls or Cook's Grove before people came in the morning. You could attend Nature Conservancy programs on free nights, which were excellent. I saw the program on Search and Rescue. Very well organized and excellent educational speakers. Due to snow, programs had to be changed and the changes were excellent! I highly recommend this program.

Patricia
(5)

This program is the best way to experience many of the amazing places in Yosemite, whether you have never seen it or are returning. We learned about the "energy of a tree", saw the world-famous "Tunnel" view at the best time of the day(in the afternoon), watched the climbers on El Capitan through a very long lens. Otherwise, they were not visible as they look very small from the ground! The light changes on Half Dome. and other locations were amazing. The open times and the park's free shuttle bus gave us all many opportunities for individual exploration and just time to absorb the beauty of nature. Even with all the visitors, we could feel alone at many places.

Doug
(5)

Yosemite is awesome. Our instructor David Lucas did a fantastic job giving us background on the history, geology, and flora and fauna at the park. It was great to be there in September when there were fewer people. We are going to need to return in May to see the waterfalls at their finest.

Elaine
(5)

The Yosemite Experience was awe inspiring! There is so much to see. My head was bent up to behold the beauty of El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridal Veil Falls, and the giant Sequoias in Mariposa Grove. Looking down, one beheld the beauty of the meadows, lakes, rivers and wildlife. A feast for the soul.

Jane
(5)

The serenity and the powerful majesty of Yosemite requires you to be there and experience it first hand. Coupled with naturalist Michael Elsohn Ross's gentle way of sharing in-depth knowledge about the park, this trip was a gem. August 2018 Jane

John
(5)

A well-planned and executed introduction to the marvels of Yosemite. Made me appreciate the work of people like Galen Clark, John Muir, and Theodore Roosevelt to preserve America's natural treasures. Visions of Yosemite endure because of programs like this, and people like we met in this program.

Sandra
(5)

Visiting Yosemite National Park with Road Scholar was the perfect way to see and understand a true national treasure. The small group led by an organized and warm group leader met all my expectations. We saw and learned about all the important areas in the park.

Stephen
(5)

If you wish to be awed and humbled by breathtaking beauty of the natural environment, this trip is for you. From fascinating history and inspiring stories of native Americans, pioneers, and environmental heroes to basic facts of the science of how the unique geology, flora and fauna of Yosemite Valley came to be. It's there for you.

Ben
(5)

This was a perfect trip. Iconic for sure! Trip leader Frank and naturalist-guide Pete were superb--welcoming, knowledgeable, accessible, professional. It was obvious that much planning had gone into making this week flow with various activities, both structured and open-ended. We never felt rushed nor neglected. Accommodations were fine. Certainly staying inside the park at the lodge made our stay very comfortable and efficient. There was a good balance of planned time and free time with lots of things to do, including simply watching the waterfalls or meandering the trails. It's a long bus ride from San Francisco to Yosemite; not sure why we don't just originate in Fresno instead as that would be much closer (other RS trips to Yosemite do start in Fresno). This place is a photographer's paradise. So glad we were here in the late spring as the waters were flowing everywhere--rivers, streams, waterfalls in full power. I would liked to have been able to talk directly to some of the rock-climbers as they prepare for El Capitan! Though there were many visitors, this park is so huge there was never a sense of its being overcrowded. Everyone always friendly and happy about being in this magnificent place. Hope you'll consider being part of the Yosemite Conservancy. Thank you, Frank and Pete, for this memorable week in Yosemite. We stayed around a week afterwards and rented a car to explore Sequoia NP and Kings Canyon NP on our own. This is a very doable combo to do RS in Yosemite, followed by week on your own at the other nearby NPs. And we have over 700 photographs to prove it! -Ben and Joyce

Mary
(5)

For someone that has never visited this park before, we could see the benefit of staying in the park. This is an awesome program and an excellent value.

Benita
(5)

Visiting Yosemite has been on my bucket list for many years. This year I finally got there, only to realize how much I had been missing. It is possible to get away from the crowds, to discover the peace and serenity of primal nature and to experience the grandeur of those magnificent trees. I urge everyone to do so.

Carin
(5)

My husband and I enjoyed this trip very much. Frank Baker (tour coordinator), Pete Devine (Conservancy Naturalist), Lee Stetson (John Muir portrayer) and David (bus driver) were all professional and optimized our time/experience at Yosemite. The moonbow on Lower Yosemite Falls and bear sighting near the visitor center were both unexpected and memorable. Spending 4 days in Yosemite near the Lower Yosemite Falls is a gift to yourself. It was an opportunity to slow down and breathe.

Judy
(5)

If you are an experienced photographer and want to capture moon bows, star trails over Yosemite Falls, sunsets of Half Dome, go on this trip during the late spring and bring your tripod! Staying in Yosemite Village made it easy to get to various photo sites nearby.

Sheree
(5)

Excellent trip. Good group of fellow travelers, perfect weather, magnificent landscapes, and expert guides.

William
(5)

Experiencing the Park from the inside was magnificent. We had two great guides in Frank and Pete. The accommodations at Yosemite Lodge were good. Unfortunately the food services left a lot to be desired. On the first night there, we had a full moon and I saw a moon bow , something I never knew existed. Magical!






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