The Yosemite and Big Sur road trip can be started from San Francisco or Los Angeles, but the route is easy to map in your favorite navigation app.
Yosemite National Park
The Yosemite National Park was initially protected in 1864 and is now renowned worldwide for its waterfalls. However, within the 1,200 square miles of area, you can observe an entire array of landscapes, ranging from grand meadows and deep valleys to ancient sequoias and vast forests. While exploring this National Park, you should visit the Mariposa Grove to view over 500 undisturbed mature sequoias. Hiking, like in many other parks, is one of the most common activities for visitors.
Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Parks
The Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks are home to diverse habitats due to their wide elevation ranges, resulting in a lot of variation in the weather throughout the year. Do not forget to bring the appropriate gear when you come here to visit.
Pheiffer Big Sur State Park
Through the western slopes of the Santa Lucia Mountains, the Big Sur State Park tower soars over the Big Sur River Gorge, the point at which the Big Sur River enters this marvelous state park. You can enjoy a calm and refreshing walk along the banks of the Big Sur river among the impressive conifers, maples, alders, cottonwoods, oaks, sycamores, and redwoods. Multiple campgrounds are located along the Big Sur River. The wildlife includes black-tail deer, gray squirrels, skunks, racoons, and birds, such as kingfishers and dippers. Hikers can enjoy many scenic trails, including Buzzard’s Roost, Liewald Flats, Mt. Manuel, Valley View, River Path, and many more.
Point Reyes National Seashore
The Point Reyes National Seashore is a diverse landscape with over 1,500 species of plants and animals. Depending on the amount of time you have available to spend on the Seashore, you have a variety of activities available. For example, if you are only willing to spend a few hours, you can plan a trip to the lighthouse or visit the Bear Valley Visitor Center that showcases multiple ecological and historical exhibits. If you are accompanied by children, they may enjoy visiting the Morgan Horse Ranch to view horses. For a longer planned visit, you can go biking, kayaking, birding, tide pooling, backpacking, whale watching and yes, you can also see elephant seals.