Great Family Adventures: Off the Beaten Path's 'Seasons of Yosemite'

Yes, we know: The family vacation is a much-parodied event, and perhaps rightfully so. But fumbles, foibles, and hassles aside, families keep taking them for the same good reason: They’re priceless sources of memories.

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HIGHLIGHTS: Invest six days to show your offspring just how majestic nature can be. Off the Beaten Path’s “Seasons of Yosemite” family adventure gets deep into California’s signature national park, both physically and historically. Learn how Lincoln and Muir preserved these powerful waterfalls, stark cliffs, and iconic rock formations. Behold El Cap, Half Dome, and Glacier Point, and hike Hetch Hetchy. Take private tours of the famous Ahwahnee Hotel and the Ansel Adams Gallery. Stand in awe of the sequoias—the planet’s largest living things. OBP’s expert guides are used to dealing with family dynamics, and the itinerary is designed to intrigue even young children.

OUTFITTER: Off the Beaten Path prides itself on getting clients not only to the big, crowded sights but also to backroads and little-known treasures. Founded by a husband-and-wife team more than 20 years ago, its guides include wildlife biologists, Native American tribe members, and former park rangers.

ITINERARY: Fresno to the Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park, and back to Fresno.

DATES: Departures April 28, June 9, September 22, October 6, though custom dates are available.

PRICE: Starting at $2,795 per person, including accommodations (at Wawona Hotel and Yosemite Lodge at the Falls), meals (including a dinner at the Ahwahnee), guidance, ground transportation, site fees, and most gratuities.

INFO:, (800) 445-2995.

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