Embark on an active, art-focused adventure to Yosemite National Park in the footsteps of pioneering 19th-century photographer Carleton Watkins, experiencing this UNESCO-listed natural treasure the way he—and, 70 years later, Ansel Adams—once did. Learn how Watkins's 1860s photos of Yosemite's splendors were a powerful influence on President Abraham Lincoln, who was moved to pass legislation protecting Yosemite for "public use and preservation." As an introduction to your Yosemite journey, join faculty members at Stanford University's library in Palo Alto for a look at their collection of Watkins's stunning photographs and other artworks related to Yosemite. Then transfer to Yosemite's Ahwahnee Hotel, America's crown jewel of national park lodges. Over four enriching days, hike to sites you saw in Watkins's photos, and discover how art, nature, America's cultural history, and environmental conservation converge in this beautiful wilderness. Highlights include the cascades of Yosemite Falls; the towering granite formations of the Half Dome, Glacier Point, and El Capitan; and the 500 giant sequoias of Mariposa Grove. You will also enjoy special looks at the Yosemite Museum and the Ansel Adams Gallery.