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The Best of Yosemite National Park: An American Icon

Program No. 19237RJ
Discover the wonders of Yosemite National Park alongside naturalists as you learn about and explore Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Meadows, Mariposa Grove and many other iconic treasures.
Length
6 days
Rating (4.75)
Activity Level
Starts at
2,999
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May 14 - May 19, 2023
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3,399
May 21 - May 26, 2023
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2,999
Jun 11 - Jun 16, 2023
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2,999
Jun 18 - Jun 23, 2023
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3,399
Jun 25 - Jun 30, 2023
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2,999
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by April 30, 2023 to take $200 off the price shown!

Jul 9 - Jul 14, 2023
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2,999
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Jul 23 - Jul 28, 2023
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Aug 6 - Aug 11, 2023
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3,399
Sep 10 - Sep 15, 2023
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3,399
Sep 24 - Sep 29, 2023
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2,999
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Oct 1 - Oct 6, 2023
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Oct 8 - Oct 13, 2023
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 14 - May 19, 2023
Starting at
4,269
May 21 - May 26, 2023
Starting at
3,859
Jun 11 - Jun 16, 2023
Starting at
3,859
Jun 18 - Jun 23, 2023
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4,269
Jun 25 - Jun 30, 2023
Starting at
3,859
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by April 30, 2023 to take $200 off the price shown!

Jul 9 - Jul 14, 2023
Starting at
3,859
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by April 30, 2023 to take $200 off the price shown!

Jul 23 - Jul 28, 2023
Starting at
3,859
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by April 30, 2023 to take $200 off the price shown!

Aug 6 - Aug 11, 2023
Starting at
4,269
Sep 10 - Sep 15, 2023
Starting at
4,269
Sep 24 - Sep 29, 2023
Starting at
3,859
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by April 30, 2023 to take $200 off the price shown!

Oct 1 - Oct 6, 2023
Starting at
3,859
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by April 30, 2023 to take $200 off the price shown!

Oct 8 - Oct 13, 2023
Starting at
4,269

At a Glance

On an unforgettable adventure in Yosemite National Park, learn on-site about monumental natural wonders like Yosemite Falls, Tuolumne Meadows and Glacier Point. Expert naturalists address the geologic saga of the park as well as its interwoven natural and human histories. As Half Dome and El Capitan loom overhead, explore the Native American history of the Ahwahneechee, and learn the intricacies of rock climbing, a popular park activity. Stay at lodgings inside the park on this fantastic adventure!
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to 1.5 miles over varied terrain including paved and dirt paths. Standing up to 45 minutes at a time. Elevations range from 4,000-8,000 feet.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Experience the impressive granite formations of Half Dome and El Capitan, a favorite for rock climbers.
  • Discover Yosemite’s high country with a walk in the Tuolumne Meadows area, one of the largest high-elevation meadows in the Sierra Nevada at 8,600 feet.
  • Explore Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias to stand in awe of hundreds of these impressive trees, and dine at The Ahwahnee Hotel.

General Notes

Select dates are designated for small groups and are limited to 24 participants or less.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Geology of the Sierra Nevada (California Natural History Guides)
by Mary Hill
Geology of the Sierra Nevada (California Natural History Guides) is a comprehensive guide to the geologic history of the Sierra Nevada.
My First Summer in the Sierra
by John Muir
In the summer of 1869, John Muir made his first long trip to Yosemite. When a friend offered him the chance to accompany his flock of sheep and a shepherd to the high pastures of the Sierra, it was an opportunity Muir could not resist. This book reprints the journal he kept of those summer days, of the wildlife and plant life, and of his explorations into the magical places of the mountains.
History of the Sierra Nevada
by Francis Peloubet Farquhar
The History of the Sierra Nevada covers all aspects of the human history of the area from the prehistoric native Americans, Spanish exploration, mountain men, pioneers, 49'ers, railroad, John Muir and the national parks to recent trends of utilization and recreation.
Sierra Nevada Natural History
by David Lukas, Tracy I. Storer, Robert L. Usinger
First published forty years ago, this handbook has become an enduring natural history classic, used by thousands to learn more about virtually every aspect of this spectacular mountain range--from its superb flora and fauna to its rugged topography. Comprehensive yet concise and portable, the book describes hundreds of species: trees and shrubs, flowering plants and ferns, fungi and lichens, insects and fish, amphibians and reptiles, and birds and mammals.
Ansel Adams' Yosemite: The Special Edition Prints
by Ansel Adams (Author), Pete Souza (Foreword)
The photographs of Ansel Adams are among America's finest artistic treasures, and form the basis of his tremendous legacy of environmental activism. In the late 1950s, Adams selected eight photographs of Yosemite National Park to offer exclusively to park visitors as affordable souvenirs. He hoped that these images might inspire tourists to become activists by transmitting to them the same awe and respect for nature that Yosemite had instilled in him. Over the following decades, Adams added to this collection to create a stunning view of Yosemite in all its majesty. These photographs, the Yosemite Special Edition Prints, form the core of this essential volume. Adams' luminous images of Yosemite's unique rock formations, waterfalls, meadows, trees, and nature details are among the most distinctive of his career. Today, with America's public lands increasingly under threat, his creative vision remains as relevant and convincing as ever. Introduced by bestselling photographer Pete Souza, with an essay by Adams' darkroom assistant Alan Ross, Ansel Adams' Yosemite is a powerful continuation of Adams' artistic and environmental legacies, and a compelling statement during a precarious time for the American earth.
Yosemite: The Complete Guide
by James Kaiser
Filled with vivid color photography and informed writing, Yosemite: The Complete Guide puts the best of Yosemite National Park at your fingertips. Fully updated to include current travel info (including the new rules for hiking Half Dome), the second edition offers expanded chapters on geology, ecology, wildlife, and history. James Kaiser takes readers on a joyous romp through Yosemite, revealing the fascinating story behind the scenery. From the thundering waterfalls of Yosemite Valley to the sparkling granite of the High Sierra, Yosemite: The Complete Guide equips travelers with everything they need to know. Lodging, camping, and dining are covered in-depth, as well as outdoor adventures (hiking, biking, rock climbing, rafting, skiing), transportation issues, and seasonal weather patterns. Over 20 hikes are listed, with trail descriptions, topographical maps, and photos.





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