Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Reopens June 15

If you are planning to visit Yosemite National Park this summer, you will once again be able to walk among the magnificent trees at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias starting June 15.  This article provides all of the details on the recent renovation to the grove and environs.

Mariposa Grove is located about one hour south of Yosemite Valley, just inside the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park.  The closest lodging includes Big Trees Lodge (Wawona Hotel) inside the park, Tenaya Lodge just outside of the park, and The Redwoods on private land inside the park boundaries.

Blue Heron no longer offers tours to Yosemite National Park.  Most tour operators out of San Francisco do not include Mariposa Grove on their tours.  Your best bet is to drive or to take the YARTS bus from Fresno.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Buy One, Get One Free Offer for Alcatraz Tours Available to Bay Area Residents

Alcatraz Cruises, the official concessionaire for Alcatraz tours, is offering a buy one, get one free deal for Bay Area residents for tours on December 5, 6, 12, and 13; January 30 and 31; and February 6 and 7. This offer is for residents in the nine Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma County. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Tickets are not available on Alcatraz Cruises' website. To book a reservation, call (415) 981-7625 or visit the Alcatraz Landing ticket booth at Pier 33. Tickets must be picked up on the day of your departure.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Reservations Needed to Visit Muir Woods Effective January 2018

The National Park Service expects to implement a reservation system for Muir Woods starting in January. Visitors who arrive by private car or shuttle will need a reservation. Reservations will be available 90 days in advance of the day you want to visit. Visitors who arrive on foot or by bicycle will not need a reservation. 

Commercial tour operators, such as Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel, will use a separate reservation system that is expected to take effect in the Spring. 

Details are available at www.gomuirwoods.com.