The Sierra Nevada mountain range serves as a stunning backdrop to a region known for its spectacular natural beauty. Here, visitors can explore such iconic landscapes as Lake Tahoe, Desolation Wilderness, Mammoth Lake, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, and three national parks (Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia). See Mt Whitney, at 4,421 metres, the highest summit in the continental USA. Discover clear and alpine lakes, historic Old West towns, cultural events and family-friendly experiences. Premier outdoor adventures include hiking, biking, kayaking, rafting, fishing and rock climbing. Winter sports include cross-country and downhill skiing and snowboarding. The area is within easy reach of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento in California, as well as Las Vegas and Reno in Nevada.
Yosemite / Mariposa County
Visit Yosemite National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see the legendary Half Dome and El Capitan, Yosemite’s most famous rock formations. Yosemite is a four-season destination. From April through July, experience Yosemite’s many waterfalls, including Yosemite Falls, one of the world’s tallest. From November through March, discover the unmatched beauty of winter in Yosemite. Ski, ice skate and snowshoe among snow-capped granite peaks and forests. Stay in the park or venture to nearby Gold Rush-era towns such as Mariposa.
Discover the Mammoth Lakes, a place that speaks to the soul and encourages adventures for you, your friends, and family. Hike to Rainbow Falls, explore the Devils Postpile National Monument or take a day trip to Yosemite National Park, Mono Lake or Bodie – California’s official ghost town. In the winter, ski on world-famous Mammoth Mountain, or in autumn, enjoy some of California’s brightest colours. Every activity takes place against the stunning backdrop of the epic Sierra Nevada Mountains. There are no small adventures in Mammoth Lakes.
California’s Wine Regions
Planning a wine-tasting holiday? The state’s thousands of wineries are organized into 12 regions, each with a distinct character. Napa and Sonoma are popular for Michelin-starred restaurants, lively events and quaint towns. In the Tuolumne area of the Gold Country wine region, family-owned wineries are located within a short drive of historic Gold Rush sites. The Central Coast wine region combines country and city styles: you might discover a winery down a rural road in Paso Robles, or spend an evening following the Urban Wine Trail through downtown Santa Barbara.