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Things to do in Sierra Nevadas + Yosemite

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Sierra Nevadas + Yosemite. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Sierra Nevadas + Yosemite attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Sierra Nevadas + Yosemite to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Sierra Nevadas + Yosemite.

  • Alpine Meadows

  • Badger Pass

    Not only is Yosemite’s ski area appealingly low-key, it also offers Nordic ski gear, trails, and instruction. More
  • Bodie State Historic Park

    Ten miles north of Mono Lake, this abandoned 1880s mining town was once so wild that, for 8,500 residents, it had 60 saloons. More
  • Columbia State Historic Park

    First founded by gold miners in 1850, Columbia is now the Columbia State Historic Park, with everything from hotels to restaurants to schools (it’s... More
  • General Sherman Tree

    The world’s largest living tree is estimated to be 2,100 years old. More
  • Giant Forest Museum

    Be sure to stop by the ecology exhibits at this intimate museum dedicated to amazing trees. More
  • Half Dome's Cable Route

    At least five hikers have fallen to their deaths on the final pitch of Yosemite’s popular Half Dome formation. In the running as America’s most dea... More
  • High Camp Home

    The shop has luxe cowboy-inspired furniture—just in case you’re in the market for a cowhide-upholstered couch. More
  • Horse Corral Pack Station

    The outfitters offer an all-day ride to the top of Mitchell Peak (elevation 10,365 feet) for experienced riders; shorter rides and multiday pack tr... More
  • Kalifornia Jean Bar

    The boutique stocks dozens of cult denim brands. Head there during Friday happy hour for discount prices and wine tastings—guaranteed to make any j... More
  • Northstar Tahoe

  • Sailing Ventures

    Sailing Ventures, based in Carson City, offers everything from a two-hour dip-your-toes-in to five-day certification courses aboard 22- to 32-foot ... More
  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

    This park’s namesake giant redwoods are some of California’s oldest and most graceful natural treasures. Sequoia and adjoining Kings Canyon Nationa... More
  • Shirley Canyon Trail

    Hike the four-mile trail at nearby Squaw Valley ski resort, which takes you through pine forests, chaparral, and alpine meadows backed by granite c... More
  • Soda Springs Winter Resort

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