4352
California
Four Jewels: Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Yosemite and Death Valley National Parks
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 (4.87)
Program No. 4352RJ
Length
9 days
Starts at
2,599
Special Offer
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
Yosemite, Lunch at Big Trees Lodge, Yosemite Valley Views
Sierra Nevada Mountains - Yosemite National Park
5
Yosemite National Park, Valley Visitors Center
Sierra Nevada Mountains - Yosemite National Park
6
Tioga Pass, Tuolumne Meadows, Mono Basin Visitors Center
Sierra Nevada Mountains - Owens Valley
7
Manzanar Historic Site, Alabama Hills
Owens Valley - Death Valley National Park
8
Zabriskie Point, Badwater, Death Valley Visitors 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. Elevations of 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 Falls 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.
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Jeff Crow
Jeff Crow is a naturalist in the tradition of John Muir. Like Muir, he has been rambling around the Sierra Nevada for decades, spending much time in its ecosystems to bring a perspective that incorporates a wide range of environments. He is also a naturalist in the old sense of the word prior to Muir – an observer of all disciplines in the natural world. He was trained in English at U.C. Santa Barbara and uses that knowledge to put his students on deep pilgrimages to exotic lands outside their back doors. Jeff has led Road Scholar programs in Sequoia National Park for a number of years, and currently works as a mentor teacher for the Yosemite Institute. He continually works with students ages 8 – 87 in a fervent desire to create connections that, like the fundamental particles, bind the fabric of the forest and the mountains into one complete whole. As Muir wrote, “the clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”
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