Yosemite Unveiled: A Timeless Discovery of a California Jewel

Discover Yosemite National Park’s iconic El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall — and more — on foot by day and return each night to elegant mountain-top lodging on this learning discovery.
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Program No. 23026RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Pitons and rock-climbing rope? Nope. All you need for your easy-does-it experience in Yosemite is a thirst for learning, sound legs and a love of nature’s grandeur. Soak in breathtaking vistas, move your feet on an optional, easy five miles and return each night to an elegant resort nestled in a fairy-tale mountain forest. This specially designed educational experience gets you on a first-name basis with El Capitan and Half Dome and replenishes your spirit as you stroll Alpine meadows and feel a majestic waterfall’s soothing mist. This is your “hello” to a little bit of Yosemite’s best.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Walking up to 5.5 miles in one day at the most with walks up to 2 miles on other days over uneven terrain; standing up to 45 minutes at one time. Elevations range from 4,000-8,000 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 ...

  • Be captivated by the grandeur of Yosemite Valley, basking in an up-close introduction to iconic El Capitan, Half Dome and Bridalveil Fall.
  • Alongside an expert naturalist, experience a hike to Vernal Fall on the Mist Trail, perhaps discovering a gleaming rainbow in the spray of the fall.
  • Embrace the natural surroundings in your mountain-top lodging, relaxing in the resort’s elegance within three miles of Yosemite’s south entrance.
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Teri Hartley
A semiretired project manager, Teri has traveled extensively since she was a child. Her love of travel and learning has always been supported by her career choices, working in the sports and hospitality industries and now for Road Scholar. Teri attended California State University Sacramento and majored in psychology. She continued studies in meeting and event planning as well as project management at UC San Diego. She gives back to the community by teaching meditation and yoga, and as a crisis counselor for a nonprofit.

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

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