Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon
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Our Favorite Documentaries
Books – Non-Fiction
Challenge of the Big Trees: A Resource History of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Lary Dilsaver; William Tweed
Books – Fiction
For Younger Readers
Family Friendly Movies for Tweens and Teens
- Classic Steve McQueen film shot almost entirely in San Francisco
- Known for one the all time best car chases in a film! The scene lasts over 10 min and starts at Fisherman’s Wharf, takes you through the city past Coit Tower, and ends up at the Guadalupe Canyon Parkway in Brisbane.
- Funny tidbit – the chase scene has been mapped out and proven geographically impossible to take place in real time
- This children’s favorite was partially filmed in Yosemite Valley, an area which the toys believe to be their planet Gorgon
- The penultimate battle scene between Hulk and his father used the real Pear Lake in Sequoia National Park as a backdrop.
- Though the film is set in Wisconsin, it was actually filmed in Yosemite as well as in Bass Lake in California
- Ducey’s Bass Lake Lodge, a rustic 1940s resort, was featured as Wally and Juanita’s Perk’s Pine Lodge
- Classic Robin Williams comedy. He called Tiburon (in Marin County) his home – and the tunnel from the Golden Gate bridge over to Marin County is named in his honor.
- This movie was set and filmed entirely in San Francisco – you will see plenty of famous locations.
- You can check out the Hillard family home at 2640 Steiner Street in Pacific Heights and enjoy the incredible view down Steiner to the Bay!
- This film dramatizes the real 1962 prisoner escape from the maximum security prison on Alcatraz Island.
- Alcatraz was closed shortly after the true events on which the film was based.
- Much of this movie was filmed on location on Alcatraz Island.
- Producers paid $500,000 to restore the decaying prison. Many improvements remain intact after filming.
- One of the most famous movies filmed in Yosemite
- Captain Kirk spends his shore leave climbing on El Capitan and Inspiration Point
- The rafting sequence was filmed in the Tuolumne River Rapids in Yosemite
- This three-time Academy Award nominated film starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne was mostly filmed in Yosemite National Park in the Ahwanee Hotel.
- Another movie filmed mostly on Alcatraz Island. Since the Island is now part of the National Park Service – the production could not shut it down – and filming had to be done around crowds of tourists.
- The scene where Womback is thrown off the balcony – was filmed at the Fairmont Hotel. Filming led to multiple calls to the hotel out of concern for a man hanging from a balcony!
- This award winning film is based on the life of gay rights activist Harvey Milk, who was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California – to the San Franscisco Board of Supervisors
- Much of this was filmed on Castro St., including Milk’s former storefront – Castro Camera.
- Set in the City’s Financial District. It’s such a busy section of the city – that filming was done mostly on weekends in order to have more control.
- The scene where the taxi drives into the San Francisco Bay was near the Embarcadero.
- Some notable filming locations, Golden Gate Park, The Presidio, and the famous Filoli Mansion (located in Woodside). San Francisco Airport even makes an appearance!
- This was shot almost entirely in San Francisco
- The story is drawn from the real life case of the Zodiac Killer, a notorious serial killer who operated in Northern California. The film’s character seeks out a similar vicious psychopath.
- Many well known spots can be seen – City Hall, the Hall of Justice, Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Lombard Street, and Kezar Stadium to name a few.
- One of the few recent movies filmed in Yosemite.
- This dramedy was entirely shot in California with several parts of the road trip being filmed in Yosemite.
RVs on Screen
Ultimate Road Trip Playlists
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Famous Musicians From San Francisco
Gear We Love
Consider searching this out at your destination. A grill makes for a full camping experience!
These are a must have for campfire nights! You can roast hot dogs and marshmallows all night long on these!
These are great for exploring. Give one to your kids (make sure you test it first). Then off they go!
Bring some of these solar or battery-powered lights and hang them around your campsite…instant style for the environment!
If you can find the set with connectors and headbands, you can make all sorts of wearable glow items – it will be easier to find each other at night!
These are a must. Get a fresh pack, wait for night time around the campfire. Pop one in your mouth and crunch/grind it with your mouth open. You are in for a surprise! Trust us 🙂
Put them on the back bumper – and hang bathing suits to dry. Just remember to bring them in before you drive away!
You can use this to charge your phone or run low-power devices on household (AC) current without running the generator or plugging into shore power. (More on all of that in your Adventure Kit!)