Yosemite National Park is home to some of the most magnificent scenery in the American West. During leisurely hikes, discover imposing sequoia trees, towering cliffs, expansive vistas, and cascading waterfalls that comprise this World Heritage site, located in northern California.

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Treasures of Yosemite

6-7 days from $4,675

Yosemite National Park is home to some of the most magnificent scenery in the American West. During leisurely hikes, discover imposing sequoia trees, towering cliffs, expansive vistas, and cascading waterfalls that comprise this World Heritage site, located in northern California.

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Accommodations

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Best Western Plus Fresno Airport

Fresno, United States

Set a mile from Fresno Yosemite International Airport, this 4-story hotel features warmly decorated rooms with cherrywood furnishings that feature free WiFi and 42-inch flat-screen TVs, plus tea and coffeemaking equipment, work desks, and minifridges. Complimentary amenities include a hot breakfast, a shared microwave on each floor, and free shuttle service to the airport and the Sierra Vista Mall. There's also a fitness room, an outdoor pool, a hot tub, and barbecue grills.

Number of nights: 1

Wawona Hotel

Yosemite National Park, United States

A National Historic Landmark and situated in a lush meadow near rushing streams, the Wawona Hotel has the tranquility of a Victorian-style lodge and offers the gracious charm of a bygone era. The hotel is located just four miles from the Park's south entrance and most of the hotel's 104 guestrooms open onto spacious verandas. Housed in six buildings, guest rooms are simply decorated and furnished in period pieces and antiques. All rooms offer daily maid service and Smithsonian guests will be in rooms with private baths. There are no telephones or televisions in the rooms. There is a small gift shop for personal items. Meals will be served in the main dining room and there is drink service in the lobby as well as nightly piano music. 

Number of nights: 2



Yosemite Valley Lodge

Yosemite National Park, United States

Located just steps from the spectacular Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Valley Lodge offers accommodations spread out over several lodge buildings with small patios or balconies for taking in the spectacular sites. All rooms are simply decorated with comfortable beds, a private bathroom, dressing area, telephone and television with limited programming. Participants will have meals in the Mountain Room Restaurant. There is also a lounge where alcoholic beverages are served (Mountain Room Lounge). The Coffee Corner has a variety of hot and cold coffees and tea drinks, bagels and pastries and hand-dipped ice cream. There is a computer center to check e-mail for a charge of .25 cents per minute.

Number of nights: 3



Activity Level

Activity Level 3: Moderately Active​

Expectations: This is a moderately active program incorporating walks and hikes from 1 up to 6 miles round-trip with options (at times) for shorter walks and hikes, most on well-marked trails but being a National Park, they will be rocky, uneven and dusty. Elevation gains during these walks and hikes can be strenuous and participants may be affected with shortness of breath. The time on the trails will be taken at an easy to moderate pace suitable for study. Appropriate footwear and gear is very important as we will experience the park rain or shine. We highly recommend dressing in layers and wearing trail shoes with a sturdy tread or well-worn hiking boots as well as having rainwear, a hat, sunglasses, sunblock, and sunscreen on hand. A full list of suggested items to pack will be included with your pre-tour documents.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, expect a somewhat vigorous pace, are comfortable participating in up to five hours of physical activity per day, and enjoy some physical exertion.

Reading List

Highly Recommended

Moon Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon (Travel Guide)
By: Brown, Ann Marie
The Yosemite
By: Muir, John
Ansel Adams' Yosemite: The Special Edition Prints
By: Adams, Ansel

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Nature's Army: When Soldiers Fought for Yosemite (Modern War Studies)
By: Meyerson, Harvey
Yosemite National Park 2021 Wall Calendar
By: Londie Padelsky
The National Parks of the United States: A Photographic Journey
Walking
By: Thoreau, Henry David
The National Parks: America's Best Idea
The National Parks: America's Best Idea
By: Duncan, Dayton, Burns, Ken
30x48 World Wall Map by Smithsonian Journeys - Tan Oceans Special Edition (30x48 Laminated)
Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Travel Guard provides an on-tour Insurance Plan. On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only). It also includes up to $25,000 medical and up to $500 dental expense coverage, and 24-hour worldwide travel and medical assistance. Please click here to view complete coverage details.

Please visit www.TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys or call Travel Guard at 1-800-208-6142 to learn about additional (optional) coverage.