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recommended Housekeeping Camp
Housekeeping CampYosemite Valley, 9005 Southside Dr., Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Yosemite Housekeeping Camp is a great option if you want to sleep outdoors without some of the hassles of it; it's basically 'camping plus': beds (linens can be rented), cement floor, canvas roof and ... read more
a curtained 'wall' leading to a private patio. There's also electricity and shared bathrooms (towels included). Best of all, the campsite sits alongside a river with a handful of nice beaches, which are perfect for kids (and kids at heart) to play on. The views of Half Dome are gorgeous too.
recommended Lower Yosemite Falls
Lower Yosemite FallsYosemite National Park, California
The hike to the Lower Yosemite Falls is a relatively easy and rewarding one: it's short (0.5 miles r/t), it's pretty flat, and the waterfalls are impressive. The only bummer is that during the summer, ... read more
the trail can get crowded. Set out early!
recommended Mirror Lake Day Hike
Mirror Lake Day HikeMirror Lake, Wawona, CA 95389
Kids, and kids at heart, especially like this hike because it's a nice walk (2.5 miles r/t paved) that ends at a huge swimming hole with lots of beaches. Best of all, it's near Half Dome's base so you ... read more
can see it up above you and reflecting in the water too.
recommended Top of Half Dome Hike
Top of Half Dome HikeHappy Isles Shuttle Stop #16, Tyrone, GA 95389
An amazing--and demanding--14-mile hike (roundtrip) to the top of one of the Yosemite's most recognizable mountains. Set out at day break (or before) to get to the top and back again before the sun ... read more
sets. It's a gorgeous hike that left my legs aching but my mind so happy. Well worth the effort. Don't forget your camera! Or water. Or snacks. Note: There's a campsite halfway up, if you'd prefer to break up the hike over a couple days.