Moon Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon

Travel writer and experienced outdoorswoman Ann Marie Brown offers her in-depth knowledge of Yosemite, from hiking through Tuolumne Meadows and horseback riding in Wawona to buying shower time at local campgrounds. Brown provides trip strategies for every type of traveler, including The Hardcore Hiker, The Waterfall Lover, and even A Winter Weekend, for those visiting […]

Moon California Road Trip

The top destinations in the West are within a day’s drive of one another. See them all with Moon California Road Trip as your guide. Detailed driving instructions tell you how far you’ll have to drive, how long it will take, and which highways you’ll need to follow—including information on alternate routes and the best […]

Deer graze among the fallen leaves in Yosemite. Photo © Dan Balluff/123rf.

Yosemite in the Fall

For a more rugged romantic trip, check out Yosemite National Park in October. It’s not quite freezing out, but you’ll still have to snuggle up for warmth. Elizabeth Linhart Veneman is your guide to filling your days with long walks through Yosemite.

Rows of grapes in a vineyard with the leaves turning golden.

Northern California in the Fall

Starting in September, the sun comes back to the beach, inland mountains and valleys cool down just a notch, and the fall colors are exquisite against brilliant blue autumn skies. It’s the perfect time to plan a trip through Northern California, and author Elizabeth Linhart Veneman shares suggestions for a variety of travelers looking to make the most out of their autumn vacations.

Carved stone steps lead up along a cliffside while across the way water pours over a rock face.

Day Hikes in Yosemite: The Essentials

Yosemite’s many trails offer lots of choices for day-hikers, from the popular paths of Yosemite Valley to more secluded hikes in Tuolumne Meadows. Ann Marie Brown tells day hikers what to bring along to stay comfortable, safe, and happy while enjoying the park’s gorgeous views.

Water pools around small smooth stones with the grassy valley and rising mountains in the distance.

Gateways to Yosemite: Places to Stay Outside the Park

If you want a small inn or inexpensive motel for your visit to Yosemite, consider staying outside the park proper and driving in each day. Here are some great accommodations located in towns near both the west and south entrances to the park, as well as restaurants and other useful stops nearby.