Visit America’s Iconic National Parks with Unlimited Miles
Author: Halle Plante
America’s Independence Day is fast approaching, and that undeniable feeling of freedom is calling! One can already hear Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” blasting on repeat, smell hamburgers and hot dogs grilling on a nearby BBQ, and see people lining the streets in preparation for a big parade. We love to celebrate the 4th of July with our friends, families, neighbors, and strangers. There is no other holiday that brings Americans such joy, and those few days off work make it worthy of a big celebration. What better way is there to commemorate America than by visiting its most iconic locations on an unforgettable road trip.
Celebrate Freedom this 4th of July with Unlimited Miles
roadsurfer wants to celebrate Independence Day with you by making the most of your long weekend. While you’re busy celebrating America’s freedom, we don’t want you to worry about how you’re going to get there and what it’s going to cost. Unlimited miles with roadsurfer means unlimited destination possibilities. Finally, you can plan a 4-day road trip with more adventures, detours, and pitstops than you could have previously imagined. So turn up the radio, roll down your window, and get your American flags ready. Feel free knowing you have unlimited mileage on your July 4th road trip!
4 Day Road Trip to Freedom: Visit America’s Iconic National Parks
We have put together a 4-day road trip that will take you north to some of America’s most iconic National Parks and recreation areas. You will have endless possibilities to explore the gorgeous nature around you while you walk among the giants in Sequoia National Park, drive along Tioga Pass overlooking Yosemite Valley, and take a refreshing dip in Mammoth’s Lakes. We have even picked out some local 4th of July celebrations for you to join. Please note, that if you book a campsite in Yosemite National Park, you will have a guaranteed reservation for driving into or through the park. If you do not book a campsite within the park, please be aware you will need to make a reservation 7 days in advance.
Day 1: L.A.- Sequoia National Park (Drive time – 4 hours)
Pay a visit to General Sherman. It is the largest known living tree on Earth and is estimated to be 2,200 years old.
Walk Big Tree’s Trail, a relaxing 1.3 flat mile loop that brings you up close and personal with the giant Sequoia trees.
Book a tour and discover the underground world of Crystal Cave. It is one of at least 240 marble karst caves within Sequoia National Park.
Visit the Interagency Visitor Center on Highway 395 to have the best views of Mount Whitney, the tallest mountain in the continental United States. If you want to hike Mt. Whitney, you will need to apply for a day pass ahead of time.
Day 2 & 3: Yosemite National Park and the Surrounding Area (Drive time – 3 hours)
Hike Yosemite Falls Trail, leading to the top of North America’s tallest waterfall, 2,425 feet above the valley floor. There is a moderate hike to Colombia Rock or a strenuous yet rewarding hike to the top of the falls.
Get wet and wild! Whitewater rafting adds a special excitement to any vacation, but it is especially exhilarating in Yosemite NP.
Go rock climbing in the Mecca of the climbing world. Sign up for a beginner’s course and experience the historical rock formations. Experienced climbers can apply for a permit with the National Parks Service.
Discover more about the park’s rich history and ecosystems at the Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center and the Valley Visitor Center.
Go back in time and take a ride on this historical locomotive train traveling through the lush forests at Madera Sugar Pine Railroad– especially popular with kids.
Campground: Wawona Campground
Celebrate a special 4th of July at Yosemite:
Be a part of the Light Up the Sky Bass Lake Fireworks and Boat Parade 2022! Enjoy the spectacle from the shoreline or from a boat. Be delighted by an amazing community of boaters parading by with decorated vessels and watch the firework show at 9:00 pm.
Take a break from cooking. Partake in a delicious, classic American BBQ at Wawona Hotel or the Tenaya Lodge.
Avoid the crowds and see a more natural light show by joining the Yosemite Conservancy’s Overnight Under the Milky Way where you can sleep underneath the stars near Glacier Point.
Picnic at Cathedral Beach where you can appreciate the beauty of America while feasting below El Capitan.
Travel to the nearby Columbia State Historic Park and partake in their glorious 4th of July Celebration with a community parade, games, and fun for the whole family.
Enjoy a fresh dip at Horseshoe Lake. Not only is it gorgeous, but it has a sandy beach area perfect for families and for laying out.
Hike the Crystal Lake trail, a popular 3-mile hike that has outstanding views of the alpine lakes and Crystal Crag, a giant granite monolith towering over the lake.
Get spooked at the “Ghost town of the Wild West”! Bodie State Historic Park is an old mining town that has been abandoned and haunted for over 100 years.
Just off the famous John Muir Trail, is a short 1-mile hike to the Devils Postpile, an unusual rock formation of columnar basalt. Experienced hikers should continue on the trail for another 5 miles to a spectacular waterfall called Rainbow Falls.
Optional stopover in Death Valley National Park: On your way back to L.A., consider the 1-hour detour east to visit Death Valley. A truly unique place with fewer than two inches of rainfall annually, a record high of 134°F, and the lowest elevation on the continent.
Put the pedal to the metal and drive as far as you want on your next adventure! We want you to enjoy all the wonders of the gorgeous Yosemite and Sequoia National Park. Pull the car over for every photo opportunity and consider any detours to nearby cities or national parks. You don’t have to limit yourself to what you want to see, and we won’t limit your travel plans by charging mileage fees. Hurry up and reserve an RV camper van for your holiday weekend. Freedom is calling, what are you waiting for?