Clouds Rest: One of Yosemite’s Best Viewpoints

Sitting at over 1,000 feet above Half Dome, Clouds Rest is one of the quiessential hikes in all of Yosemite National Park. Sure, it doesn’t have the grandeur of completing it that Half Dome has, but having been up both of them, I can say that the view from Clouds Rest is the better of […]

Lembert Dome: Hiking Tuolumne Meadows Famous Granite Dome

When driving Tioga Pass through Tuolumne Meadows, one of the most impressive features of the landscape is the large granite slab that sits right next to the meadow known as Lembert Dome. I have driven by it many times and always wondered what it would be like to look out from the top, so on […]

Railtown 1897 State Park in Jamestown: Exploring Movie Locations & Trains

In the historic city of Jamestown, there is a popular train rehabilitation center known as Railtown 1897 State Park. This unique park houses tons of different types of historical trains and actually features an entire garage that is dedicated to their restoration and preservation. While it is like other state parks in that it could use […]

Hetch Hetchy, Yosemite: Hike to Wapama Falls

Regardless of how you feel about the creation of Hetch Hetchy, it is hard to debate how beautiful it is currently with the reservoir and how even more beautiful I am sure it would be in its true state without the water. I got a chance to spend some time hiking there after the last […]

The Groveland Hotel: Historic Hotel, Fine Dining & A Haunted Room

Located about 23 miles from the east entrance of Yosemite, the historic Groveland Hotel is a really fun spot for a unique vacation. This hotel has two parts which are both on the historic register, one which was made in 1849 and one which was made in 1914. Both are still run to this day […]

General Grant Trail & Grove: Exploring the Nations Christmas Tree in Kings Canyon National Park

One of the main draws for both Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is of course the massive trees that can be seen in many of the areas groves. General Sherman is the largest tree in the world by volume and General Grant is the third largest, plus the nations official Christmas Tree. No visit […]

The Mountain Room at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls

While dining or staying in Yosemite Valley I really have been to almost all of the food establishments they have. From the fine dinning of the Ahwahnee to the pizza and buffets of Curry Village, there is a little bit for everyone here. On my recent trip to Yosemite I had the opportunity to stay at the Yosemite […]

Winter in Yosemite: Seven Things to Do

While Yosemite in the summer is one of the most amazing places in the world, taking a trip during the Winter can help you beat the crowds and see the untouched beauty of this magical park. If you are looking for a unique adventure and a beautiful place for photography then you need to add […]

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias In Yosemite National Park

Right after entering Yosemite from its South entrance you are presented with two roads. One takes you 35 miles into the valley and to the home of all of the beautiful pictures you have seen of Yosemite, and the other takes you 4 miles down a small road to a grove of Redwoods. If you […]

Ahwahnee Hotel: Fine Dining in Yosemite National Park

Update 2017 – The hotel name was changed from Ahwahnee to Majestic Yosemite Hotel. One of the staples of any trip to Yosemite National Park needs to be a dinner, or at least a tour, of the beautiful Ahwahnee Hotel. Located right in the center of the park, this hotel has a rich history of […]