Sequoias to Redwoods: California National Park Medley

Huge mountains, gorgeous falls, vast caverns and the world's largest trees - this adventure hits them all, plus the best can't-miss places in between.
Rating (4.88)
Program No. 2811RJ
13 days
Starts at

At a Glance

Immerse yourself in California’s national parks, from Sequoia and Yosemite to Lassen and Redwood. Experience fascinating stops in Mono Lake, Lake Tahoe, Shasta Dam and Mendocino. This California adventure spotlights the state’s topographic and climatic diversity, from the desert of the Eastern Sierra, across the mountains to the rugged North Coast.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Marvel at giant, ancient sequoias and redwoods, two very different and equally remarkable species of tree.
  • With expert naturalists, experience Yosemite Valley and dine at the historic Wawona.
  • Visit the fumaroles and mud pots of Lassen Volcanic National Park, and journey to the base of Shasta Dam, the second-largest dam in the country.

General Notes

Includes long distances via coach. Group size may reach up to 40 participants.
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Mountains of California
by John Muir
"The Mountains of California was John Muir's first book, published in 1894, and was an instant success. This book contains not just some of the best nature writing, but for its vividness, immediacy and vision some of the best writing in English in any genre." ~ Martin Dickson
Lake Tahoe: A Fragile Beauty
by Thomas Bachand
Thomas Bachand's stunning photographs of Lake Tahoe document a gorgeous, and changing, environment. Bachand's work reveals the delicate balance between conservation and recreation as images of both majestic landscapes and development are juxtaposed.
The Wild Trees
by Richard Preston
In The Wild Trees, Richard Preston unfolds the spellbinding story of Steve Sillett, Marie Antoine, and the tiny group of daring botanists and amateur naturalists that dared to climb and explore the unknown and hauntingly beautiful world hidden in the canopy of the giant redwood trees.
Lassen Volcanic: The Story Behind the Scenery
by Ellis Richard, Mary Lu Moore
This book is considered an oustanding introduction to Lassen National Park in which the author (a former Lassen National Park ranger) tells the human, geological and botanical story of the park area in an entertaining way.
Early Mendocino Coast (Images of America: California)
by Katie M. Tahia
Sorting through thousands of images in Mendocino County photo historian Robert Lee's collection and exploring the resources of the Mendocino County Museum, and other sites, historian Katy M. Tahja allows viewers to see the Mendocino coast of 100 years ago.
Park Profiles: Yosemite
by National Geographic
Author Kenneth Brower details the captivating variety of Yosemite's plants and animals, chronicles how rivers of ice shaped the valley and relates the saga of the park through its first one hundred years.
Sequoia & Kings Canyon: The Story Behind the Scenery
by William C. Tweed
This book explores the realm of the giant sequoias, the largest living things on earth, from sequoia botany to the geology, history, and wildlife of both parks.
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.

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