Be humbled by California’s natural wonders, from cloud-grazing peaks to yawning canyons
California has more national parks than any other state in the USA, and Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia are firm favourites.
Declared a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite National Park is situated in the dramatic Sierra Nevada mountain range. Jagged granite cliffs, towering sequoias and gushing waterfalls thrill the millions of people who visit this paragon of natural beauty every year. For an awe-inspiring road trip, take the last leg of the Route 41. Emerging from the tunnel which punches through the granite cliffs, you’ll be greeted by the Tunnel View – a panorama of Yosemite Valley, including its landmark summits of Half Dome and El Capitan. Park up and get close to nature on one of the many hiking trails here, or enjoy a private stargazing session with an expert – the night sky here is dazzling. You can also spend time in the coolest classroom in the world with one of the ranger-lead walks and talks.
To the south of Yosemite lies Sequoia and neighbouring Kings Canyon. Together they form a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and offer a quieter experience of California’s great outdoors. Here you’ll find rugged foothills, deep canyons and the world’s largest trees. Yosemite holidays offer unforgettable experiences, speak to a consultant about your tailor-made holiday.
If you want to explore California’s great outdoors during your A&K holiday, these acclaimed national parks are worthy additions to your itinerary.