Witness the splendors of Yosemite—dense forest, lush meadows, diverse wildlife, and lakes that reflect iconic monoliths. Accompanied by naturalist David Wimpfheimer, hike through Yosemite Valley to view El Capitan, Half Dome, and Sentinel Peak; marvel as water runoff plummets a half-mile down the magnificent Yosemite Falls; and explore the awe-inspiring Mariposa Sequoia Grove. You’ll also enjoy visits to the Ansel Adams Gallery and the Pioneer History Center, and learn about new conservation efforts to preserve the park’s majestic character. Stay at Wawona Hotel, a National Historic Landmark, and at Yosemite Lodge, the closest property to Yosemite Falls.
Throughout this tour, travel in the company of an exceptional Smithsonian Study Leader. David Wimpfheimer is a biologist and professional naturalist who has been guiding for 25 years, including many Smithsonian Journeys.
This adventure tour is specially designed for a small group of 22 Smithsonian travelers with options for leisurely walks or more strenuous hikes in Yosemite National Park.
Explore the awe-inspiring Mariposa Sequoia Grove, with its approximately 2,700 year-old “Grizzly Giant."
Discover high-country lakes and abundant wildlife at Tuolumne Meadows.
Stay inside the park’s boundaries at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls and the Wawona Hotel, which offer spectacular views and easy access to the park’s attractions.
This tour features the following World Heritage site:
Yosemite National Park
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