The drive to Yosemite National Park is about 230 miles, approximately 4.5 hours. Walk to Bridalveil Fall is 1 mile one way on a paved path.
In the hotel restaurant, the breakfast buffet offers a selection of eggs, breakfast meats and potatoes, hot and cold cereals, fruit, yogurts, and fresh baked breakfast breads, plus assorted juices, coffee, tea, and water.
After checking out of the hotel, we will board our motorcoach with our Group Leader to begin our transfer to Yosemite National Park. Along the way, we will pass through the agricultural lands of Modesto and Merced. You will see fields of nut trees and citrus trees.
At the Wawona Hotel, enjoy a 3-course plated meal with salad, entrée, and dessert plus choice of milk, coffee, tea, or water; other beverages available for purchase. Located 4 miles from the park’s southern entrance, Wawona was a popular stagecoach stop for passengers traveling to and from Yosemite Valley in the 1800s.
We will continue our journey into Yosemite Valley via HWY 41 through the old settlement of Chinquapin. The coach will stop at Tunnel View. This renowned scenic overlook offers some of the most iconic views of the park including Bridalveil Fall, El Capitan, Half Dome and Yosemite Valley. Be sure to take your camera to capture the photo of the same area that many artists have painted. We will descend into the Valley with a short hike to Bridalveil Fall. This easy, 1 mile trail on a paved path takes you to the base of the waterfall that you saw from Tunnel View. This fall plunges 620 feet to the Valley floor year round but thunders in the spring with the snow melt. The fall resembles a bride's veil which is how it received its name from European settlers. The Ahwahneechee people, the local native community, refers to the fall as Pohono meaning the spirit of the puffing wind.
In our private room at the Lodge, enjoy a buffet meal with salad, entrée, rolls and butter, dessert, and beverage choices including fresh brewed coffee, assorted hot teas, and water.
Enjoy a living history program, An Evening with John Muir. Born in Scotland in 1838, Muir emigrated to the U.S. with his family in 1849. During his lifetime, he was a farmer, inventor, sheepherder, explorer, botanist, and writer but he is best known as America's most famous and influential naturalist, conservationist, and founder of the Sierra Club. Often called the “Father of our National Park System,” Muir’s writings and efforts resulted in Congress creating Yosemite National Park.