Courtesy Visalia CVB

Our national parks are boundless in their beauty, but our vacations last only a limited time.

The Majestic Mountain Loop, a network of self-guided excursions through Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia, helps you get the most out of your next getaway with suggested three-day itineraries that highlight the features of each California park and their gateway communities. The itineraries can be modified according to the season and kicked off from any of the three parks, depending on your most convenient starting point. Whichever route you follow, the Loop will lead you through a world of natural wonders — glaciers, waterfalls, canyons, caves and forests — while underscoring the appeal of the small towns you’ll pass along the way.

ALL ABOARD! The Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad takes riders on a 4-mile tour of the Sierra National Forest just outside Yosemite National Park
Courtesy Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau
From Visalia, for instance, a community known for the farm-fresh cuisine served at more than 60 locally owned restaurants, the Loop snakes into Sequoia National Park, home to the world’s largest living tree — the General Sherman Tree — and to the rustic comforts of the stone-and-cedar Wuksachi Lodge. The next day, the route leads through the echoing and dramatic Kings Canyon, then into the charming Oakhurst-area towns that link Kings Canyon to Yosemite. Wineries, art galleries, museums and a ride on a historic railroad rank among the local draws. Last but far from least, Yosemite and its iconic landmarks (El Capitan, Half Dome) exceed even your grandest expectations. Those are just a few suggestions. Can’t get to them all?

They’ll still be here your next time through.