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Company Retreats in the Great Smokies

Building teams through unforgettable experiences.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

With endless forest stretching across Tennessee and North Carolina, Great Smoky Mountains National Park provides breathtaking views across its ancient mountains. Known for the abundance in wildlife and diversity in plants, the Great Smokies are a national treasure and an ideal destination for a retreat.

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Highlights

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Guided hike to breathtaking viewpoints

Horseback riding through meadows and streams

Whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River

Wild edible gourmet cooking class

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Appalachia

Welcome to the High Sierras, a land filled with abundant wildlife and home to the largest living organism on the planet, the Giant Sequoia. Upon arrival, your guides will transfer you to your basecamp for the upcoming retreat. Tonight, reunite with your team over an outdoor dinner and celebration.

Day 2

Choose your adventure

Yosemite has no shortage of adventures for your team and today you will get to choose your experience. Options include hikes through the Valley, whitewater rafting on the Merced River, horseback riding through fields of bloom wildflowers, a 4x4 tour through the backcountry or simply relaxing in nature.

Tonight, recap your tales from the day over an outdoor dinner, followed by a privately guided stargazing experience.

Day 3

Sunrise over the Valley

Rise early today to witness a heartbreakingly beautiful sunrise in the Yosemite Valley. Your guides will transport you to Tunnel View, one of the best locations to watch the first rays of light hit the Valley. Afterwards, you will enjoy coffee and a boxed breakfast during a team meeting, set in nature to inspire creative ideas. 

The afternoon is yours for continued adventure or peaceful time with your teammates at basecamp.

Day 4

Depart

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After a morning coffee and leisurely hike, your team will recap the four days of team building with a final meeting and closing remarks. When ready, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure.

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Team
basecamp

Where you will connect at the end of the day.

Wilder partners with select properties to provide an optimal experience for connection and access to team building adventures. Each lodge is carefully chosen to provide uninterrupted meeting space, comfortable sleeping and impromptu conversations. Explore our corporate retreat accommodations below or contact us for other options.

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Luxury Airstreams and tents with common space for team meetings.

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Tenaya
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Classic lodge and cabins with resort amenities located near the park entrance.

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Traditional Yosemite lodge and spa nestled on a wooded hillside.

Team
Experiences

Yosemite has endless options for team experiences, either active adventures or reflective moments among the Giant Sequoia. From forest bathing to stargazing, hiking Half Dome to horseback riding through fields of flowering lupine, Yosemite is a destination that will create shared memories for your team.

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Forest bathing

guided hiking

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4x4 tours

Make this retreat your own.

Each Wilder Retreat is designed exclusively for your unique personality and to meet your goals. Contact us today to learn about different experiences, accommodations and itineraries.

 

Yosemite Retreat FAQ

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What's the best time to go?

Spring

Yosemite in the spring is a beautiful time to visit as the waterfalls will be roaring with melting snow and the wildflowers will be blooming. You can expect snow at the higher elevations, typical 7,000 feet and above. Temperatures are variable, with a mix of summery and wintry days.

Summer

Summer is the most predictable time of the year to visit, although the park is often busy with other travelers. Temperatures range from up to 100 degrees in the Yosemite Valley to 60's and 70's at higher elevations with evenings getting down into the 30's.

Fall

Fall typically brings clear, blue skies in September and October. After the summer season, the rivers and waterfalls have slowed considerably. Temperatures during the day are often comfortable, though nights can turn cold.

Winter

Yosemite is open year-round, but in the winter many roads may be closed due to snow. Winter is when Yosemite receives the majority of their precipitation, so expect a heavy amount of snow.

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Does my team need to be physically fit?

Yosemite has a wide range of activities for all interest and abilities. Home to the Giant Sequoia, a favorite team activity is forest bathing, where you absorb the sounds and scents of nature through meditation. For the more active teams, hiking is atop the list of adventures along with whitewater rafting, horseback riding, rock climbing and exploring by 4x4.

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What's the closest airport to Yosemite?

The closest major gateway to Yosemite is Fresno Yosemite International Airport, about 65 miles from the park entrance. For those coming from San Francisco, it's a 3 to 4 hour drive. Additionally, there are a number of regional airports near Yosemite.

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What's the ideal group size?

Yosemite is best suited for smaller groups, typically less than 100 people. For logistical ease and to maximize the experience, Wilder will divide groups into teams of 4 - 12 people.

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