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20197
California

National Parks of the Sierra Nevada: Yosemite, King's Canyon and Sequoia

Discover three of the nation’s most treasured national parks, exploring waterfalls in King’s Canyon, the world’s largest trees in Sequoia and the many must-see sites of Yosemite.
Rating (5)
Program No. 20197RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,399
California

National Parks of the Sierra Nevada: Yosemite, King's Canyon and Sequoia

Discover three of the nation’s most treasured national parks, exploring waterfalls in King’s Canyon, the world’s largest trees in Sequoia and the many must-see sites of Yosemite.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,399
Program No. 20197 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Aug 29 - Sep 3, 2021
Starting at
1,399
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Hiking Yosemite.These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2021, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Sep 12 - Sep 17, 2021
Starting at
1,399
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Hiking Yosemite.These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2021, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Sep 26 - Oct 1, 2021
Starting at
1,399
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Hiking Yosemite. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2021, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Oct 3 - Oct 8, 2021
Starting at
1,399
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Hiking Yosemite. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2021, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Aug 28 - Sep 2, 2022
Starting at
1,449
Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
Starting at
1,449
Oct 9 - Oct 14, 2022
Starting at
1,449
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Aug 29 - Sep 3, 2021
Starting at
1,759
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Hiking Yosemite.These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2021, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Sep 12 - Sep 17, 2021
Starting at
1,759
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Hiking Yosemite.These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2021, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Sep 26 - Oct 1, 2021
Starting at
1,759
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Hiking Yosemite. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2021, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Oct 3 - Oct 8, 2021
Starting at
1,759
Itinerary Note

This program runs concurrently with another Road Scholar Program, Hiking Yosemite. These programs share some meals and evening programs. Yosemite National Park will be closing Glacier Point for a road rehabilitation project in 2021, no hikes or excursions to Glacier Point or its surrounding areas will be scheduled during this program.

Aug 28 - Sep 2, 2022
Starting at
1,819
Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
Starting at
1,819
Oct 9 - Oct 14, 2022
Starting at
1,819

At a Glance

Breathe crystal-clear air in an in-depth exploration of all three of these iconic national parks. Enjoy field trips where you’ll experience the major attractions of King’s Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks as you learn about animal life, astronomy, botany, geology, native plants, park issues and the influence of famed naturalist John Muir.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Hikes anywhere from 2 to 6 miles a day. Elevations up to 8,100 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 ...

  • In Kings Canyon, be part of history at Muir's Rock, the place where John Muir frequently addressed the Sierra Club, and visit Roaring River Falls and Zumwalt Meadow, which showcase fabulous granite walls.
  • In Sequoia, experience Congress Loop to encounter the General Grant Tree, the largest tree by mass in the world, and take in the vast landscape of the Great Western Divide and the San Joaquin Valley.
  • In Yosemite, stop at Tunnel View for your breathtaking first glimpse of Half Dome, and stand before natural and man made marvels like El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall, Sentinel Bridge and Yosemite Falls.

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 value-priced single room.
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.
An Illustrated Flora of Yosemite National Park
by Botti, Stephen J
An Illustrated Flora of Yosemite National Park. El Portal, California:
The Wild Muir: Twenty-two of John Muir’s Greatest Adventures.
by Muir, John.
Short stories from John Muir that creates an understanding of John Muir.
Flowering Shrubs of Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada.
by Spencer, Shirley.
While the trees of Yosemite thrill visitors and the wildflowers often steal the show, every year the blue elderberry, the snowberry, the American dogwood, and dozens of other shrubs bloom in a glory all their own. This lovely volume, with inspired watercolors showing the fruit, flowers, and foliage of the plants, pays these shrubs full homage. Complete with useful information for plant identification, this book serves as a welcome and needed introduction to some of Yosemite's wildflowers.
A Sierra Club Naturalist’s Guide to the Sierra Nevada.
by Whitney, Stephen
. Stephen Whitney has taken most of the University of California Press guides and books and done an excellent job of condensing a wide range of biotic and abiotic topics. I highly recommend this guide to anyone interested in the Sierra Nevada, whether a teacher, backpacker, student, or amateur naturalist.
. Gloryland: A Novel.
by Johnson, Shelton
This books is roughly based on the life of his great-grandfather who was a buffalo soldier and one of those who patrolled Yosemite NP around the turn of the century to protect it from poachers, loggers, miners, etc. Born on Emancipation Day, 1863, to a sharecropping family of African and Indian blood, Elijah Yancy never lived as a slave, but his self-image as a free person is at war with his surroundings: Spartanburg, South Carolina, in the Reconstructed South. Shelton Johnson is an interpretive ranger for Yosemite National Park. His area of expertise is the Buffalo Soldiers and their influence on the early history of Yosemite and the west.
My First Summer in the Sierra
by Muir, John.
The first of John Muir's books. This inspirational book allows the reader to understand John Muir's desire to protect and preserve Yosemite.
The Geologic Story of Yosemite National Park.
by Huber, N. King.
Geologic History of Yosemite
High Odyssey: The First Solo Winter Assault of Mt. Whitney and the Muir Trail Area.
by Rose, Gene.
Anyone who loves mountains, and especially the Sierra Nevada, will find this a great addition to the library. It documents the little known winter solo ski trip over the entire John Muir trail, from Mt. Whitney to Yosemite, by Orland Bartholemew in 1928-29. The author expertly crafts the story from old notes and a diary.
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(5)

abosolutleley wonderfu.

(5)

Wonderful trip. Jessica and Shirley and out bus driver were great!

(5)

Wonderful program

(5)

It was like winning a double trifecta. Three "duly impressive" National Parks presented by 3 awesome facilitators. Jessica, Shirley, and Pat were all fantastic.

(5)

This program was amazing from start to finish, this was my first Road Scholar trip but it won't be my last. The group leader and all the staff at ECCO were wonderful, and the food they served was so delicious. Our instructor Shirley was an incredible resource, she has an immense amount of knowledge about the Sierra Nevada and so much enthusiasm to share. I've wanted to go see the sequoia trees for years, and I'm so glad that I got to see them with Shirley as a guide. The evening programs were also fun and interesting. Met a lot of nice people in our group and enjoyed making new friends. The whole week was a great experience.

(5)

We loved this trip! Our Road Scholar team was excellent. We saw beautiful parks, learned interesting facts, were entertained in the evening, shared delicious food, traveled with friendly people and all was well organized! This was our first group touring and Road Scolar trip but hopefully not our last!

(5)

This was my first Road Scholar Program and I thoroughly enjoyed the program, and plan to do more in the future.

(5)

As a first-time participant on a Road Scholar trip, looking for a special, celebratory experience to these special national parks it fulfilled a lifelong dream. We will definitely be looking for more experiences for future travels.






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