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NAPA & YOSEMITE PARK

An April 2004 trip to San Francisco by ameliarci

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Mariposa Super 8

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Hotel | "Mariposa Super 8 (Yosemite)"

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This is the best city to stay in if you are planning a trip to Yosemite Nat'l Park and aren't planning on staying inside the park. The staff is made up mostly of young people, a little clueless, but we had no problems with the service. The hotel offers a daily free continental breakfast, which is really decent. The hotel does have an elevator and a luggage trolley, which is very convenient. The actual room was large and comfortable. We had daily maid service and received fresh towels and bedding each day. It's only 45 minutes from Yosemite Park. If you plan to go there, drive into Mariposa using Hwy 140. All other routes are extremely mountainous and wil...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 22, 2004

Mariposa Super 8
5059 Hwy 140
San Francisco, California
209-966-4288

Squaw Valley Motel

Hotel | "Squaw Valley Motel (King's Canyon)"

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The best part of this motel is its location! It is just one of a few places to stay outside the King's Canyon Nat'l Park. Don't let the looks fool you -- it is a small family-owned place with cute but basic rooms. We had no TV or phone, but they weren’t needed because we spent the entire day at the national park. The motel is just a short 30-minute drive from the northwest gate of King’s Canyon. They do have a pool open in summer, but this place is recommended for people who need no frills--just a clean room with linens and a shower. Aside from the local pizza place, there are no real restaurants in the area. When you want to eat, head to Dunlap, Sanger, or Fresno, all just 30 min...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 23, 2004

Squaw Valley Motel
Hwy 180 East
Squaw Valley

Yosemite National Park

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The park is more beautiful than you can imagine! (In fact, the whole drive from Mariposa to Yosemite Village is breathtaking.) Ansel Adams has made areas of this park infamous with his black-and-white images of its beauty. The park was created by glaciers that carved out the mountain rock as they recessed millions of years ago. The park is essentially a three-mile wide, flat valley with amazing scenery. The park is home to several types of wildlife, but most notably, the mountain lion, black bear, bobcat, and coyote. In fact, on our way out of the park we got to see a baby coyote in a field playing. Therefore, don't be surprised if you see these creatures around when you are hiking. (Don...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 26, 2004

Yosemite National Park
Sierra Nevada
Yosemite National Park, California 95389
(209) 372-0200

Sequoia and King Canyon National Parks

Attraction | "King's Canyon National Park"

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The park is nice, the lake is great, the snow gets really deep in the winter, the rivers are cold, and the lions are hungry.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 27, 2004

Sequoia and King Canyon National Parks
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers 93271
(559) 565-3341

Sequoia and King Canyon National Parks

Attraction | "Squioia National Park"

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These trees are really really big. The park rangers are nice. Watch the videos at the ranger stations to hear more about the history and the life cycles of these trees.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 27, 2004

Sequoia and King Canyon National Parks
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers 93271
(559) 565-3341

Napa & Sonoma Wineries

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The best advice for exploring wine country is to plan accordingly in order to maximize you time. There are a lot of places to go and almost all are open from just 10am-5pm. All of the wineries that offer tours do so only at specified times...check ahead of time so you get the most out of your time and aren't waiting around like we did at several different places. Also, have an idea of what type of wine you enjoy drinking...this will help you from wasting time and money tasting wines you don't like. I prefer semi-sweet to dessert wines and didn't bother tasting the dark red dry wines--which is mostly what is grown in this region. This helped when I wanted to purchase because I focused my tastings ...Read More