4352
California

Four Jewels: Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Yosemite & Death Valley

Witness awe-inspiring nature, grand artifacts of geography, ancient flora and unique fauna as you immerse yourself in four of California’s most stunning National Parks.
Rating (5)
Program No. 4352RJ
Length
9 days
Starts at
2,749
Special Offer
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9 days
8 nights
22 meals
8B 8L 6D
2
Sequoia National Park, General Sherman Tree
Sierra Nevada Mountains - Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park
3
Kings Canyon National Park, Roaring Falls, Zumwalt Meadows
Sierra Nevada Mountains - Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park
4
Lunch at Wawona Hotel, Pioneer Village Center
Sierra Nevada Mountains - Yosemite National Park
5
All Day Field Trip in Yosemite National Park
Sierra Nevada Mountains - Yosemite National Park
6
Tioga Pass, Tuolumne Meadows, Mono Basin Visitor Center
Sierra Nevada Mountains - Owens Valley
7
Manzanar Historic Site, Alabama Hills
Owens Valley - Death Valley National Park
8
Zabriskie Point, Badwater, Death Valley Visitor Center
Owens Valley - Death Valley National Park
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At a Glance

Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Yosemite, Death Valley: four spectacular American National Parks. Explore them from the mighty Sierra Nevada range to the stark allure of the Mojave Desert as on-site presentations delve into their geologic, human and natural histories.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles on uneven terrain on paved and unpaved paths. Long distances by large motorcoach. Elevations range from 4,000-8,000 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Study the magnificent forest ecosystem of Sequoia, named for giant trees that can live for more than 2,000 years.
  • Admire granite monuments like El Capitan, Half Dome and Bridalveil Fall as you learn how Pleistocene glaciers carved the wonders of Yosemite Valley.
  • Visit Yosemite’s high-country areas, cross the Sierra Nevada to Mono Lake and Owens Valley and explore forbidding, dramatic, beautiful Death Valley.

General Notes

Includes long bus rides to reach rural sites. Max of 40 participants.
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Frank Helling
Frank Helling is an active adventurer and naturalist who has spent much of his life “sauntering” in the footsteps of the great mountaineer, philosopher and nature writer John Muir. He has backpacked, hiked and climbed in the Sierras, Rockies, Cascades, Alps, Alaska, Hawaii and the deserts of the American Southwest. A former high school science teacher, Frank has also worked as a ranger and naturalist in Kings Canyon National Park and as a professional wilderness instructor.

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

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