May 26 – June 10, 2015.
After Las Vegas, our next destination was Death Valley National Park famous for being the hottest place on Earth. On July 10, 1913 a reading of 134 degrees Fahrenheit (56 Celsius) was recorded.
We made it to the small town of Beatty, NV located a few miles from the park’s entrance. We stayed there a couple of days to regroup, do some laundry, update our blog and get some supplies for camping. We had a fun dinner in an old style saloon (Sourdough Saloon).
Death Valley National Park
On May 26, 2015 we entered California and Death Valley National Park, we were taken back by its scenery, a land of extremes located below sea level and with a yearly average rainfall less than 2 inches.
Despite its morbid name, we saw beautiful sand dunes, rugged canyons and snow caped mountains.
We had planed on camping there a couple of nights but when the mercury reached 99 degrees and there was no shade around the camp sites, we just continued on.
We traveled North on Route 395 and stopped for the night in Mammoth Lakes, a beautiful resort town in the mountains, well known for its skiing and other outdoor activities.
The next morning we drove to Yosemite National Park. From the moment we crossed the gate, we were mesmerized by the scenery. We were lucky to find a campground in the park so we stayed for 5 nights.
During the day we hiked beautiful trails and visited the sites, at night we hung out, cooked great dinners and made camp fire at our campground (Crane Flat) where we paid only $13 per day (50% off with the NPS Senior Pass).
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite is visited by over 4 million people each year and covers an area of 747,956 acres.
This year will mark its 125 year anniversary as a protected park.
Iconic landmarks such as the Yosemite Valley, Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, Cathedral Range are known throughout the world. We took some amazing photos but the beauty of such a large scale landscape is hard to capture. Seing and exploring Yosemite in person is an unforgettable experience.
From Yosemite, we overnighted in Fresno, CA to restock before heading to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, The Land of Giants in the southern Sierra Nevada mountain range.
Sequoia National Park
Sequoia covers an area of 202,430 acres and is adjacent to Kings Canyon so most people visit both parks while in the area.
Sequoia is famous for its giant Sequoia trees and you can find 7 campgrounds and a lodge.
Kings Canyon National Park
After 5 nights in Sequoia we headed for Kings Canyon where we spent another 2 nights of camping.
Kings Canyon covers an area of 461,901 acres. The drive down the deep valley was spectacular, so many photo opportunities, we were stopping at every turn.
Like all National Parks the Rangers of Kings Canyon offer different programs like Create Art in the Parks and the Junior Ranger Program for kids.
14 thoughts on “USA, California: 4 amazing National Parks”
That endless road picture in death valley….do you know exactly (or at least roughly) where it was taken? I’ll be going through the area later this year and would love to capture a similar picture.
Great meeting you today! Love to talk rvs and Dodge Cummins rigs. A wonderful and safe journey! Cheers, Buzz
Jo – we are so jealous. Just bought a house this year – maybe we should sell, quit our jobs, and roam. I keep looking at your photos again and again.
Hi Cat! I am so happy to see that you are following our journey. You have plenty of time to roam, if that is what you want to do. In the mean time enjoy your house, I am sure you and Liz will make it very cozy. Bisous. Josée
Magnifiques photos! Cela nous donne envie de partir en voyage….Merci de partager!!!
Je pense souvent à vous lorsque je me promène sur le chemin Belcourt…
Vous nous inspirez!
Merci Marlène, nous vivons vraiment de magnigiques expériences et tant mieux si ça peut contribuer à inspirer!
I am so glad you are sharing your trip and pictures with us. It gives us a chance to admire those fantastic places you are visiting, to envy you a little and be very happy for you two. Take care and keep the comments and pictures coming.
Denise and Don
Hello Denise and thank you for following us, we feel very lucky to be able to see so many great places. Cheers, Josée and Joe.
Quel bel aventure! C’est toute beauté. C’est le fun que vous partagez avec nous. Assurez-vous de pas devenir un repas pour ces ours, lol!! Je vous embrasse et j’ai hâte au prochain posting. Tourlou for now
Salut Andrée, merci de suivre notre aventure, on apprécie recevoir les commentaires de nos amis, au moins on sait que quelqu’un nous lit. Oui les ours étaient très près, c’était un peu stressant. Tourlou! Josée et Joe
Amazing journey and wonderful pictures. I love your narratives as well. One question. Who takes your photos when both of you are in the shot?
The pictures with both of us are taken by other people that just happened to be there, we always seem to find a volunteer. Joe appreciates your comments. Cheers, Josee and Joe
Chère vous deux , vous êtes vraiment bien branchés , vous nous faite vivre de beaux moments à travers vos talents de photographe! Bonne continuation…… nous avons rendu visite à André à sa nouvelle résidence et ton père était de passage pour le week-end ,belle rencontre!
Pierrette et Oscar
Merci pour vos commentaires et surtout de nous lire. Nous sommes présentement au Lac Tahoe et c’est tellement beau, la semaine prochaine San Francisco. Nous attendons notre camper avec beaucoup d’anticipation. Bisous. Josée et Joe