May 24

River Park is a popular outdoor shopping center among travelers and found in Fresno, California on the east side of Blackstone Avenue. Stream Park is separated into three regions: The Marketplace, a customary force focus moored by Target and Kohl’s; a helper strip mall with Chick-fil-A, Chipotle Mexican Grill and In-N-Out Burger, and The numerous shops at River Park, an open air way of life focus secured by Macy’s, an Edwards Theaters silver screen, and REI.

CENTER MALL 1 300x125 Enjoy Your Shopping at River Park!

This outdoor center is one of the best places to enjoy family time and has something for everyone. During your visit you will notice multiple types of retail shops with fine dinning, play area and best time to visit is on weekends.

Have wonderful experience while enjoying your shopping at this shopping center. Explore this place during your holiday near Yosemite National Park, California. Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites offers you clean and comfortable guest rooms for your comfortable stay.

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May 09

Forestiere Underground Gardens 300x225  Stroll a little at Forestiere Underground GardensEstablished in 1906, located on Shaw Avenue in north Fresno, Forestiere Underground Gardens is a complex of underground caverns, grottos, patios and garden courts encircling the underground home of Baldasare Forestiere. It is a true earth environment that remain somewhat untouched from their original beginnings. The tour grounds have small rooms and narrow passageways, which cannot accommodate throngs of visitors.  Dirt pathways have some uneven areas and good walking shoes are recommended. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Gardens are the life-long devotion and hobby of Baldassare Forestiere, a Sicilian immigrant who came to America in 1901 to escape the iron rule of his wealthy father and pursue his own dreams. The Gardens are a subterranean complex of patios, grottos, and garden courts interconnecting with passageways that encircle the living quarters of the self-taught artist and builder who sought to escape the brutal heat of Fresno summers. A wide variety of trees were planted throughout the gardens, some of them rare. Some of the trees are planted as deep as 22 feet below ground level. Many citrus trees were grafted with a variety of citrus, one tree having some seven different varieties.

Working Hours: Monday – Sunday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Admission Fees:
Adults: $15
Seniors: $13

The tour guide is the main key here with this $15 tour and you will get a lot of information depending on the guide.  While visiting Yosemite stay at the Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites in Oakhurst and get rooms at very affordable rates.

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May 02

California State Mining and Mineral Museum 300x168 Visit California State Mining and Mineral MuseumThe era of Gold Rush led to extensive mining activities in California. Established in 1999, California State Mining and Mineral Museum commemorates the era with an intriguing collection of artifacts and minerals. Located at the Mariposa Fairgrounds in the historic gold rush town of Mariposa. Houses and displays the official California State Mineral Collection. The collection was created in 1880 by the California State Legislature and contains over 13,000 specimens. The museum is known for its California gold specimens. Other significant specimens on display include Benitoite the State gemstone, meteorites and historic artifacts including a 100 year old working stamp mill model from the Union Iron Works. It displays some very nice gold and also has a ‘mine’ tour describing what it was like to work in a mine around 1850-75.  This museum highlights not only the history of mining in the state of California, but showcases some of the finest examples of beautiful minerals and gems from all over the world. There are many different rocks and minerals from all over the world. The best part is the mine dug into the mountain attached to the museum. Great collection, some nice specimens.  Old and tired displays, but certainly worth a look through.  The museum is divided into three themes, with a simulated underground mining display to give you a sense of what it is like in a mine, a large area devoted to explaining what mining is; what mining has occurred and is occurring in California; how man uses minerals, and of course an equally large area with displays of specimens of minerals with an emphasis on California.

Hours: Wednesday – Sunday:    10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Winter Hours: Oct 1- Apr 30, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Summer Hours: May 1-Sept 30, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Admission is $4.00 for adults, children 12 and under are free.

While visiting Yosemite stay at the Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites in Oakhurst and get rooms at very affordable rates and which are closer to all the above attractions.

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Apr 18

Sierra Fly Fisher Tours offers the finest guided trips, instruction and camps in Sierra Nevada. It stands with the mission to provide the finest quality fly fishing products, instruction, and personal service. It has a trained staff which will help your trip depending on abilities and interests with all equipment needed including rod/reel, line, tippet, flies, and wading gear – and you will be outfitted with all of this gear at no extra Tuolumne River Trouta cost!

secret sierra creek Visit the Yosemite Sierra Fly Fishing

You will be accompanied by a patient and experienced teaching guide who will put you on the best water, assist you with safe wading instruction, show you practical fly fishing techniques, and share his insight on the most effective local patterns.

Hours of Operation : Sun – Sat : 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

We offer an immense range of year round Sierra and Yosemite fly fishing options. If you are looking for a great place to stay in Yosemite then our Yosemite Southgate Lodge is perfect – We offer the ideal place to stay with well-appointed services. We are only 15 minutes from Yosemite National Park.

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Apr 11

El Capitan is a towering granite monolith that looms over the north side of Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada in California. The cliff is divided into two main faces separated by The Nose, a blunt prow that rises from the formations low point to its summit.

21613 e42e220f 945 556 Explore El Capitan – Yosemite National Park

El Capitan lies within Yosemite National Park in California. It is just one of the many focal points that you will stop and admire within the National Park. There are many breathtaking viewpoints along the winding roads where you can enjoy rock formations, mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and even a extended tunnel that brings you directly to El Capitan.

El Captain is one of the first things you will notice when you get to the Yosemite Valley. It is imposing, impressive and beautiful. You can get great different views from through the valley, especially from El Captain meadow.

It’s a beautiful place to take photos on the drive in to Yosemite Village. Even better if you come in winter when there is snow. El Capitan is considered the largest granite monolith in the world, being formed from a single chunk of granite.

If you are looking for a great place to stay in Yosemite then ourYosemite Southgate Lodge is perfect – We offer the ideal place to stay with well-appointed services.

 

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Apr 04

This is a drive well worth taking, even if one doesn’t need to get to the Owens Valley. There are enough interesting sights to see along the road, like Olmsted Point, Tenaya Lake, and Tuolumne Meadows. There are also many trailheads and several campgrounds along the road.

Traveling the Tioga pass is phenomenal area for views. The Tioga road is fantastic, with great views of Lembert dome and a trail to pothole domes, which gives amazing views all around you. Both trails are easy. You can see the storms coming in from the east up here. It’s quite a nice area to hike in. Leaving from Toulomne campground we went east and the views of the pass itself are fantastic!!

tioga pass Dont Miss Tioga Pass – Yosemite National ParkAs soon as you start the 500 ft elevation climb up to the ridge you notice the impact on your breathing especially if you normally live at sea level! Takes an hour or so to reach the crest before dropping 200 ft down to Gaylor Lake. Trail is well worn and easy to follow.

The area is most beautiful for stopping with a car around the top point, with little lakes and benches.

If you are looking for a great place to stay in Yosemite then our Yosemite Southgate Lodge is perfect – We offer the ideal place to stay with well-appointed services.

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Mar 29

Hodgdon Meadow Campground is located in breathtaking Yosemite National Park in Central California’s rugged Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The site is 25 miles from Yosemite Valley at an elevation of 4,875 feet.

Camping in Yosemite is amazing! Hodgdon is a solid campground. There is plenty of space to put everything. Perfect campground for sightseeing the valley before going on Tioga road. Its 30-minutes-drive from the valley itself makes it less crowded than the other lodging. Spots are kind of secluded, in the shade of trees and never too far from restrooms or dumpsters.

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The setting is scenic and Yosemite is great, but this site should never have been used for a campsite due to the topography, and the individual site layout is terrible. There are much better, level areas adjacent to this campground.

Hiking the 2.5 to 3-mile round trip trails to the Tuolumne and Merced Groves of Giant Sequoias are a popular activity at Hodgdon Meadow. The White Wolf area on Tioga Road also offers many hiking opportunities. Reservations are required from approximately mid-April through mid-October. From mid-October through mid-April, campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you are looking for a great place to stay in Yosemite then our Yosemite Southgate Lodge is perfect – We offer the ideal place to stay with well-appointed services.

 

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Mar 22

Great loop trail past Vernal and up to top of Nevada Falls. There is an elevation gain of about 1900 feet over about 3 miles which makes for rather steep passage. Going up the Mist trail and down John Muir trail is likely easier on the knees since the latter is slightly longer.

The Mist Trail hike to Vernal and Nevada Falls is an excellent strenuous hike opportunity. The trail climbs along the south bank of the Merced River eventually coming to the steps, which are a marvel of trail building. Depending on the direction of the wind the trail can become a rain storm from the spray from the falls.

Nevada Falls Loop Explore Nevada Falls Loop – Yosemite California

If you did the Vernal fall then you should really continue up to the Nevada falls at this point. It gets less busy as it remains pretty hard but the views are worth it. You can have a break and take a cold swim in the river at the end of the trail up and witness some amazing divers jump in the water on top of he Nevada falls in the summer. The view there is breathtaking and if you come down to the valley throuh john muirs trail you will get even more amazing scenery.

What a great place to visit to see and to experience. Definitely a must see on everyone’s bucket list.

If you are looking for a great place to stay in Yosemite then our Yosemite Southgate Lodge is perfect – We offer the ideal place to stay with well-appointed services.

 

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Mar 14

This is considered the all weather route into Yosemite. It is lovely any time of the year. Much of the route follows the Merced River with mountains along the way and granite walls. This is the road to take to Yosemite, some truly marvellous scenes, a lovely safe road to drive on.

Roads are good and there are hills, twists and turns that present new views regularly. This is a superb drive along a route that provides simply stunning views. Some are quite breathtaking. Lovely curvy mountain drive through pines, abandoned buildings, and along the river right into Yosemite Valley. This is the best route in, especially if you are coming from Northern California.

Scenic Route Highway 49 Enjoy A Drive On Scenic Route Highway 49

Take your time when driving and enjoy the views at every turn. The best time to arrive at pull off just pass the tunnel is in the afternoon, when the sun is behind you. If you’re a history buff, don’t miss the Mining museum the docents there are very knowledgeable and entertaining!

If you are looking for a great place to stay in Yosemite then our Yosemite Southgate Lodge is perfect – We offer the ideal place to stay with well-appointed services.

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Mar 01

The most convenient, and frequently shot view of Horsetail Fall is at the El Capitan picnic area, approximately 1.7 miles past Yosemite Lodge at the Falls on North side Drive. In late February, you’ll often see rows of photographers of all levels there catching the last rays of light in the evening.

For a few days every February, Horsetail Fall comes to life. A seasonal waterfall which flows only in the late winter and early spring, those short February days bring about a transformation. The waterfall is lit up by the setting sun and ignites in to a fiery sight.

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The natural Firefall is one of Yosemite’s is one of the most amazing parts to see. Around the end of February, the setting sun hits Horsetail Fall at just the right angle to illuminate the upper reaches of the waterfall. And when conditions are perfect, Horsetail Fall glows orange and red at sunset.

Each year in late February, hundreds of viewers gather in Yosemite to witness this amazing event. But the Yosemite Firefall can be choosy. Although Horsetail Fall is visible from multiple viewpoints in Yosemite Valley, several factors must converge to trigger the Firefall. If conditions are not perfect, the Yosemite Firefall will not glow.

If you are looking for a great place to stay in Yosemite then our Yosemite Southgate Lodge is perfect – We offer the ideal place to stay with well-appointed services.

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