During our last California visit, we have chosen to go and visit places we have not been before.
We did not go to Disneyland, nor Universal Studios, nor Sea World, nor Hollywood Sunset Strip, nor Santa Monica Beach, nor drive from LA to San Francisco via scenic route Highway 1 or also known as Pacific Coast Highway (passing Hearst Castle, Carmel by the sea, Monterey Bay, and Big Sur), nor walk Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco, nor Napa Valley and the wine country. Been there, done that.
This time we visited Yosemite National Park, as well as Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks.
From Los Angeles, we drove to Mariposa, California, a small town at the foothill of Sierra Nevada. The original town site was founded as a mining camp during the “gold rush” period. We stayed there for 2 nights and made it our home base as we explore Yosemite.
Yosemite National Park is a 45 minutes drive from Mariposa, and the travel was a scenic route through mountains, canyons, and rivers.
Yosemite is a breathtakingly beautiful place. It is one of the first wilderness parks in the US and covers 1,200 square miles. It is best known for its waterfalls, which is best seen during spring and early summer.
Yosemite National Park also has magnificent granite mountains, glaciers, and valleys.
Driving back home to Los Angeles, we drove through Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. The drive was through steep, winding and narrow roads over cliffs and canyons that will humble the Kennon Road to Baguio (summer capital of the Philippines). The landscape includes layers upon layers of mountains, deep canyons, and the world’s largest trees.
Nainggit naman ako, been wanting to visit this place since bata pa ako!!! Will add your blog to my list of “Blogs I Follow”, happy to have found your blog through an accidental google search. Aloha from Hawaii!!
Thanks for visiting and adding my blog to your list. Where you live is where I want to visit….someday.
You should come visit 🙂 Start with the island of Oahu first.
that BIGGGGG tree was indeed amazing!
Wow. Salamat sa pag share ng magandang sceneries ng place. Someday sana makapunta rin kami. Mga 3-4 hours drive daw dito sa amin ang Yosemite.
You should go, it will be worth it. 3-4 hours drive is nothing. Commute from Manila to Marikina can even take 3 hours already due to traffic. You will not be disappointed. I mean going to Yosemite….not Marikina.
Hahaha! At least scenic pati ang drive to Yosemite compared to Marikina 🙂 And walang pollution LOL – ahh, memories!
Kuya, I just posted additional photos of my Hawaii adventures today 🙂 And, I also featured one of your blogposts on my previous blog entry. Thanks for sharing that story re: ICU wedding! Have a fantastic week ahead!
hala, dok, parang ang ganda. tila walang sinabi ang Los Banos and Baguio, kainis. ^^
shaks, 1600 feet talaga ang drop ng fall? grabe! ta’s ang laki ng puno, as in… btw, sa binangonan ako nakakita ng punong malalaki, yong ilang tao ang kailangang yumakap…
tapos, sa cagayan province naman (sa bandang itaas) ako nakakita ng marami pang virgin forests, yong hindi talaga tanim ng tao ang mga puno at halaman? primary rainforests daw ang tawag… ikaw na po ang nakakagala sa magagandang parte ng America. pero higit sa ryan, you never forget the Sampaloc of your student days.
parang ang sarap ng long drive sa pinuntahan nyo… 🙂
I would still like to travel back to Los Banos for the buko pie, and to Baguio for the peanut brittle. 🙂