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Last minute vacation ideas before the start of school

A biking trip in Yosemite National Park is one of many options before school begins in August.
A biking trip in Yosemite National Park is one of many options before school begins in August. Submitted photo

In only a few weeks, the next school year will start in the Mountain Area. But visit Yosemite Madera County says it has a few ideas for a last-minute trip before parents start hunting for school supplies and preparing lunches.

Take a local day trip

Within two hours of most of the Mountain Area lies Yosemite National Park, complete with spectacular waterfalls, hiking trails, and more to explore. For those seeking more of a railway experience, Sugar Pine Railroad is always available in Fish Camp, located near the southern entrance to the park.

Bass Lake is a hit for children and adults alike, with amenities such as swimming, fishing, and boating on the clear lake’s surface. Miller’s Landing, the Forks Resort, and Bass Lake Boat Rentals offer up delicious burgers and milkshakes, alongside boats and paddle boards to rent!

Stay overnight

Pack up the tent, the food and the kids for one last camping trip before school. Camping is a great way to let the kids relax and take in the fresh air before the stress of homework and tests begins. Bass Lake, The Sierra Vista Scenic Byway and Yosemite National Park have camping sites, so check them out.

The Sierra Vista Scenic Byway is a nearly 100-mile journey through the Sierra National Forest with breathtaking panoramas, unique rock formations and even a charming general store with mouthwatering hamburgers and amazing pie. Starting at a little over 3,300 feet above sea level, the byway makes its way past historic cabins, stands of giant sequoias, and iconic landmarks as it climbs to over 7,300 feet.

Go on a bike tour

A day on the bikes is always bound to bring enjoyment, including at Yosemite National Park, where they can be rented to cruise around some beautiful views all day.

Staff report

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