National Geographic and Facebook plan first presidential virtual reality video for August, featuring Obama in Yosemite

“President Obama will become the first sitting President to participate in a virtual reality video experience,” the White House press pool reported this weekend. “The virtual reality video will feature the President’s visit to Yosemite and include a conversation with Don Neubacher, Superintendent of Yosemite. “The virtual reality film, shot by National Geographic, Facebook and […]

Jet Blue to offer only nonstop New York-Reno flight, offering easy access to Tahoe

JetBlue Airways will be the only airline to offer nonstop service between Nevada’s Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) and the U.S. East Coast as it launches service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on May 28, 2015. Reno-Tahoe will be the airline’s 89th destination and is among a number of new JetBlue routes […]

Busy holiday weekend expected in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park anticipates a busy Fourth of July weekend and Yosemite Park Rangers would like to remind visitors how to best enjoy summer weekends in the park On average, Yosemite sees nearly 4 million visitors annually; approximately 55 percent of those arrive during the summer and frequently on weekends. When visiting the Yosemite region, […]

Our Parks Turn 150

SO MANY OF US HAVE FOND MEMORIES of visiting Yosemite National Park and the California State Parks. We have long enjoyed camping, hiking and swimming in the state parks, from D.L. Bliss State Park at Tahoe to South Yuba River State Park. At Yosemite, we remember glancing up at Half Dome, hiking in Tuolumne Meadows […]

View one of the first motorcycles to visit Yosemite in 1914

In the fall of 1914, Robert F. Baker adventured into Yosemite on this 1912 Indian motorcycle. It was one of the first motorcycles to enter Yosemite National Park. Baker was stopped by a ranger at Crane Flat, as motorized vehicles were not allowed in the park at that time. Two years later, Baker joined the […]

Tioga Road at Yosemite to open May 2: earliest opening in nearly 30 years

The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season, Friday, May 2, 2014, at noon for all vehicular traffic. The average opening day dating back to 1980 has been May 27. The road last opened this early in 1987. The Tioga Road, bounded on both sides by State Highway 120, is the […]

Top five spring hikes at Yosemite National Park

Mist Trail One of the most popular trails in the park, the Mist Trail passes two of Yosemite’s famous waterfalls, Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall. In the spring this trail earns its name when it comes close enough to the waterfall to douse hikers with spray. Bring a rain-coat and prepare to get wet! Also, […]

Yosemite tourism creates more than $379 million in economic benefit

A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2011 shows that over four million visitors to Yosemite National Park spent over $379 million in communities surrounding the park. This spending supported 5,057 jobs in the local area. “Yosemite National Park is a wonderful place to visit and view awe-inspiring scenery,” said Don Neubacher, Yosemite National […]

Range of Light Film Festival debuts in Yosemite on February 27

The Range of Light Film Festival will debut in Yosemite National Park from Thursday, February 27, through Sunday, March 2, 2014. The festival is presented by Yosemite Conservancy, Yosemite National Park, and DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. The festival, part of the park’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the […]

Explore the Sierra’s High-County Heritage

THE SIERRA NEVADA WAS recently named one of the world’s most beautiful mountain ranges, joining the Himalayas, Andes and others by UnofficialNetworks.com, a skiing website. “The Sierra is home to three national parks, 20 wilderness areas and two national monuments,” it observed. The Sierra offers world-class winter activities, not to mention spectacular views from Lake […]

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