HOLIDAY IDEA USA – Yosemite and Yellowstone

 Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks

 USA’s 58 National Parks provide the visitor with an opportunity to experience a diverse range of spectacular nature and stunning landscapes.

A couple of examples are mentioned in this blog

Yosemite National Park, California.

One of the better known and popular National Parks, Yosemite is just around 4 hours drive east from San Francisco. It’s heaven for travellers who love the outdoors. Many visit just to admire the scenery like the soaring granite cliffs such as El Capitan and Half Dome, the giant waterfalls, glaciers, meadows and forests of sequoia trees. 95% of its 1,100 square miles (the size of Dorset in the UK) is designated a wilderness area with no roads or cars. Abseiling is one of the many activities available; it is well known for hikers and mountain bikers. If you visit mid to late February you get to see the spectacle of the ‘fire falls’ when the setting sun turns the water of Horsetail Falls burning orange. In winter clients can ski at Badger Pass.

Yosemite Holiday Idea

3 nights San Francisco – 3 nights Yosemite – 3 nights Santa Monica – 5 nights San Diego

14 night Fly Drive taking in Warwick Hotel at San Francisco, Cedar lodge Yosemite, Delfina Sheraton Santa Monica and Catamaran Resort San Diego including car hire and direct BA flights to San Francisco and back direct from San Diego £2107 per person. (Based on 10 Sep 13 – apply for new dates).

We can also offer a shorter 3 day Essential Yosemite Experience Package starting from San Francisco with a simpler itinerary – ask for details.

Yellowstone National Park set in 3 states: Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.

The World’s first national park, Yellowstone, is for those who love wildlife; home to grizzly bears, wolves, lynx and bison. The park has more than 300 geysers, towering mountains and an active volcano. 3,500 square miles in size (size of North Yorkshire in the UK) 80% of the park is forested mainly with pine. The main attraction is the Old Faithful geyser which erupts every 91 minutes spouting 7,000gallons of water 150ft into the air. There are around 9 hotels in the park with summer being the busiest time.

One of the Fly Drive Holidays on offer is the 14 night Wonders of Wyoming Fly Drive Cost including British Airways flights to Denver around £2k per person (2013) – good quality hotels. You can fly to Jackson via Chicago which is closer. Ask for further details.

Many other National Parks can be incorporated into interesting itineraries….including Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina (see other blog) – Hawaii Volcanoes, Hawaii – Harpers Ferry, West Virginia (rich in civil war history) and many others.

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