Yosemite

But no temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite. Every rock in its walls seems to glow with life...as if into this one mountain mansion Nature had gathered her choicest treasures. .

— John Muir

Yosemite National Park is an incredible World Heritage Site, internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, and Giant Sequoia groves. Your students will learn about amazing geological processes firsthand, as our tour guides explain the uplift that created Yosemite’s dramatic landscape over 10 million years ago. Students will also hear about the history of environmental stewardship in America, discovering how John Muir’s efforts in Yosemite Valley began the national parks’ movement.

Highlights of the trip include the scenic Half Dome, El Capitan, Mirror Lake, and Tuolumne Meadows. Best of all, your group will get to experience Yosemite’s treasures up close, hiking the Mist Trail to Vernal and Nevada Falls and/or exploring Lembert Dome. Yosemite is an experience not to be missed! 

For groups flying in and out of San Francisco, there are also opportunities to explore the Bay Area. Biking across the Golden Gate Bridge, visiting Angel Island, or cruising to Alcatraz are all exciting experiences you can add to your trip!

Sample Itineraries

DAY ONE

  • Arrive in San Francisco
  • Depart for Yosemite National Park
  • Lunch
  • Tour of Yosemite Valley
    • Bridalveil Fall
    • Yosemite Falls
    • Half Dome
    • El Capitan
    • Swinging Bridge for views of Upper Yosemite Falls
  • Check into Curry Village and get settled into tent cabins
  • Dinner at Curry Village
  • Return to Curry Village for the night

DAY TWO

  • Breakfast at Curry Village
  • Hike the Mist Trail to Vernal and Nevada Falls
  • Lunch
  • See Yosemite Falls
  • Ansel Adams Gallery
  • Yosemite Lodge
  • Dinner at Curry Village
  • Return to Curry Village for the night

DAY THREE

  • Breakfast at Curry Village
  • Guided bus tour of Yosemite Valley
  • Lunch
  • Explore the grounds of the Ahwahnee Hotel
  • Hike to Mirror Lake
  • Dinner at Curry Village
  • Explore Yosemite's night skies with a ranger
  • Return to Curry Village for the night

DAY FOUR

  • Breakfast at Curry Village
  • Depart for Tuolumne Meadows
  • Crane Flat and Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias
  • Lunch
  • Depart for San Francisco
  • Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Check into hotel

DAY FIVE

  • Hotel breakfast
  • Depart for San Francisco
  • Ferry to Alcatraz to tour "The Rock"
  • Fisherman's Wharf
  • Lunch at Fisherman's Wharf
  • Ghiradelli Square
  • Lombard Street
  • Depart for airport
  • Dinner
  • Depart for home
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Yosemite National Park 12 June 2024 72 °F
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