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Luxury Yosemite & National Parks holidays

Step into the raw wilderness of North America's astounding national parks, where jaw-dropping natural wonders await you.

Guide to Luxury Holidays in Yosemite & National Parks

Home to more natural wonders than some entire countries have, Yosemite National Park is one of the world's most awe-inspiring destinations. Every year, four million visitors make their way to the USA's third-oldest national park to behold dramatic mountains, thundering waterfalls, dense forests, and remarkable fauna, which are spread across nearly 1,200 square metres. Keep your eyes peeled for sightings of wily coyotes, shy black bears, and mysterious bobcats. Most spend their time in Yosemite Valley, which plays host to the majestic rock formations of Half Dome and El Capitan, as well as the tumbling waters of Bridalveil Fall and Yosemite Falls. Enthusiastic climbers and hikers will revel in the spectacular trails that wind their way through the park. Nearby accommodation options, including several luxurious hotels and lodges that blend in with their beautiful surroundings, promise finely appointed rooms, breathtaking views, and all the creature comforts you could wish for. Yosemite is within close proximity to both Sierra National Forrest and Stanislaus National Forest, which also deliver aesthetic and intrepid allure. Sierra National Forrest affords more superb hiking opportunities among the wilderness, including John Muir Trail. Stanislaus National Forest's Calaveras Big Trees State Park and Tuolumne River and Grove is where you can see the towering sequoia trees, some of which reach heights of 84m!

Several choose to visit Yosemite National Park when spring is at its peak from March to May when highs are typically between 14-21 degrees Celsius. January and February are nice and quiet and still enjoy clear, sunny days of between 0-12 degrees Celsius. In summer, the days hover around the early 30s, and in autumn, expect the temperatures to stick in the 21-25 region. In the winter, the scenery is spectacular, and is when the Yosemite Ski Area opens.
Most British Citizens and ePassport holders can get an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) through the Visa Waiver Programme, which allows travel to the USA for up to 90 days. Visit GOV.UK for up-to-date information.
All of the high-end hotels and lodges in Yosemite have excellent food options available, and these typically range from fine-dining restaurants with an intimate atmosphere to artisan eateries offering superb views of the park. Local stores often specialise in health-food items and organic produce too. Just remember if you bring your own food into Yosemite or another national park, you may need to store it overnight in a bear-resistant box, which are located at nearly every major trailhead and some park facilities.
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