California Bucket List: Strange vibrations near Joshua Tree, monarch butterflies, startling urban archaeology and a new adventure each day

Ahwahnee, Yosemite National Park

Where once stood a Miwok village in Yosemite Valley, the Ahwahnee's stacked boulders and heavy beams serve park visitors who carry fat wallets and plan well ahead. (Reservations for the 99 hotel rooms and 24 cottages disappear fast.) For a glimpse of its grand public rooms, reserve a meal or just walk through. Info: (801) 559-4884,
Kenny Karst / DNC Parks & Resort
Copyright © 2017, Los Angeles Times