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Travel from Sacramento to Mariposa and Yosemite National Park. Winter is a beautiful, quiet time. You’ll relish visiting attractions and seeing the sights without the crowds.
Here’s the Vacation We Planned for You!
Activities and lodging in RED below are included in prize!
Cost of other suggested activities are not included. Prizes are based on availability. Lodging and activity prizes must be booked for dates between December 8, 2016 and April 30, 2017.
Plan your trip using a Yosemite Journal and Yosemite Trip Planner. Before you leave, use your four $30 Mountain Khakis Gift Cards to buy something to take along. (Shop at mountainkhakis.com.)
Day 1 & 2 – Sacramento, California
The first stop is Sacramento with two nights in town.
Things to Do in Sacramento
- Ride the Sacramento RiverTrain. Train adventures include the Beer Train where you sample NorCal craft brews with live music, a family-friendly excursion train with strolling musicians, and The Great Train Robbery where you watch the good guys teach those bad guys a lesson. Bring warm clothes or a blanket to snuggle up in one of the open-air cars. More info.
- There are 28 museums in Sacramento, and they cover everything from medical history to the Gold Rush to California, art and the railroad. Free museum day is in early February every year, when access to all 28 museums is free. But, the grand prize winner won't have to wait because a VIP Pass is included for admission to 13 of the best including the California State Railroad Museum, Crocker Art Museum and Aerospace Museum of California. More info
- Sacramento is America’s farm-to-fork capital. A farmer delivered today’s special and the chef prepared it just the way you like it – with a smile. If you’re our grand prize winner, you’ll eat it up with a $50 dinner gift certificate to the Pilothouse on the Delta King Riverboat. More info
- Bring your binoculars to get up close with thousands of migratory birds that make their way to Sacramento during their southern trek along the Great Pacific Flyway including the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
- Sacramento is surrounded on all sides by a diverse selection of wine regions that have achieved international reputation. Most wine tastings are free, and visitors have intimate access to the wine-making process and the winemakers - many of whom greet visitors personally.
Lodging: 2-nights lodging at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento is included in the prize. More info
Day 3 & 4 – Yosemite/Mariposa County, California
Things to do in Yosemite/Mariposa County
- Fly along the mountains on a zipline tour with Yosemite Zipline and Adventure Ranch. More info
- See some of the park’s most famous landmarks including Yosemite Falls, El Capitan, Tunnel View, Bridalveil Falls, and Half Dome on a Yosemite Valley Floor Tour. More info
- Go skiing, snowboarding, or snowshoe the trails at the Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area (formerly Badger Pass.) The resort is famous for its beginner downhill runs. It's a great place to teach your kids or learn how to ski yourself. More info
- Learn more about the history and culture of the area at the Mariposa Museum and History Center. More info
- Bring your inner tube or sled to the Crane Flat Snow Play Area, or rent tubes at the Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area tubing hill.
- Ice skate at the Half Dome Village rink with views of Half Dome.
- Take a guided snowshoe tour or head out on a snowy trail on your own. Favorite spots are the Tuolumne Sequoia Grove and the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area backcountry trails.
Lodging: 2-nights lodging at The Redwoods in Yosemite is included in the prize. More info