The first hotel opened in Yosemite National Park in 1864, the same year President Lincoln signed the Yosemite Land Grant, the harbinger of the national park system. The first-class Ahwahnee Hotel, the brainchild of Steven T. Mather, the National Park Service’s first director, opened in the summer of 1927.
In how many locations in the world can you take a luxury private tour of one of the most fascinating and iconic cities one day, and without boarding a plane, find yourself immersed the next day in a famous and beloved national park that people travel thousands of miles to visit? Welcome to our classy […]
Nineteenth century poet, essayist and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, who gave more than 1,000 public lectures throughout the U.S., captured in one sentence what it means to be out in nature. “The landscape belongs to the person who looks at it,” he declared. It was a sentiment enthusiastically endorsed by outdoorsman and environmentalist John Muir, […]
Just like in many situations in life, Yosemite accommodations are all about choices, ranging from upscale to lying on God’s green earth (free). It depends on what you’re comfortable with, what you can afford, how adventurous you are and what you want get out of your Yosemite experience. Do you want to enjoy the views […]
You don’t have to be an ornithologist or a devoted birdwatcher to appreciate our feathered friends in Yosemite National Park. On our private luxury tour in the nearly 1,200 square miles of peaks, valleys, meadows, forests, streams and waterfalls, you’ll likely see and hear many of the 262 bird species in the stunning park, including […]
Do you know how to enjoy yourself? What’s your idea of having fun? Is it playing a game, attending a concert, building a model car, shopping, counting your money? In most of the centuries before us, people were so busy trying to survive, they had very little time to have fun. It was all about […]
You remember that Yosemite is a famous national park, but how much do you really know about it? Did you know that the park has an annual operating budget of around $30 millions and includes a staff of more than 700 National Park Service Employees in the summer and more than 450 in the winter? […]
Everything changes. People change. Plants and trees change. Animals change. Towns and cities change. Prices change. Businesses change. Did you ever see stagnant water, all scummy and yucky? That’s what not changing looks like. We all know people who are stuck in the ‘50s or ‘60s or ‘70s, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t changed.
You’ve most likely heard about Yosemite National Park’s giant sequoia trees, massive waterfalls, stunning rock formations and verdant valley. Here are some of the lesser-known facts about the popular park:
Where Can I See Bears in Yosemite? Evoking a mixture of fascination and fright, bears are the superstars of Yosemite National Park’s ecosystem. The mammoth mammals spend the majority of their lives looking for food, and they are well equipped for it.