Midway in the 400-mile wave of California’s great Sierra Nevada Range, Yosemite National Park is a jewel box of granite monoliths sparkling with some of the highest waterfalls on the continent. Within the 1,070-square-mile park are snowy alpine peaks, sub-alpine forests, and meadowlands, all crisscrossed with hundreds of miles of hiking trails. Add to this groves of giant sequoias—the largest living things on earth—and two mighty rivers, the Merced and the Tuolumne, plus historical museums, theaters, campgrounds, and lodges, and it’s no wonder that more than three million tourists visit annually. Families return year after year to tent in sunny campgrounds along the Merced, to hike silent trails in the High Country, and to marvel again at El Capitan and Half Dome in Yosemite Valley. In fact, it’s the most revisited national park in the country, as well as the oldest. North of Yosemite, in a spectacular meadow at 7,200 feet, Bear Valley is surrounded by a panorama of snowcapped mountains. In summer families go mountain biking and hiking, play tennis, swim and float on the Stanislaus River, and camp and fish at eight nearby lakes. In winter a casual, reasonably priced ski resort
brings families back to the valley. A busy gateway to the south gate of Yosemite, the town of Oakhurst is a mecca for antiques lovers and for families on their way to Bass Lake and the Sierra National Forest. The small town offers family-friendly motels and restaurants, plus a few surprises. Within a few minutes’ drive are a wonderful steam train, a magnificent sequoia grove, and a unique luxury resort that caters to families. The above description is an excerpt from "Fun With the Family in Northern California." Whether you're a first-time visitor or a long-time local resident, this chapter from the Fun With the Family Series will help you find fun and engaging activities that the entire family can enjoy at great destinations throughout the state, suitable for “kids” of all ages. This chapter includes Bear Valley, Yosemite National Park, and Oakhurst.
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Fun With the Family Northern California Guide Book