Things to Do in Sierra Nevadas + Yosemite

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Not only is Yosemite’s ski area appealingly low-key, it also offers Nordic ski gear, trails, and instruction. Read More

This easy one-mile loop in Sequoia National Park begins at the Giant Forest Museum and takes about one hour to walk. It’s also handicap-accessible. Read More

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

First founded by gold miners in 1850, Columbia is now the Columbia State Historic Park, with everything from hotels to restaurants to schools (it&rsquo... Read More

The world’s largest living tree is estimated to be 2,100 years old. Read More

Be sure to stop by the ecology exhibits at this intimate museum dedicated to amazing trees. Read More

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... Read More

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

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 trips... Read More

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

Whether you’re hiking or summiting, stop at the U.S. Forest Service’s ranger station for a free wilderness permit and—if you’re... Read More

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... Read More

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

Hike the four-mile trail at nearby Squaw Valley ski resort, which takes you through pine forests, chaparral, and alpine meadows backed by granite cliffs... Read More

The mountain is famous for its experts-only runs, and has long cornered the market on celebrity-driven fabulosity. Read More

Arrange half-day horseback rides through Yosemite to see the park’s mountains and meadows. Read More

Yosemite National Park is justifiably famous for its awe-inspiring, spiritually uplifting grandeur. Plan your trip with Yosemite Park Service. The main... Read More

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