Yosemite National Park Travel Guide
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 82%Adventure Travelers
- 64%Family Travelers
- 51%Local Culture
- 51%Business Travelers
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- Yosemite National ParkMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsJan 19, 2014
The icon of California and the American West, the rugged landscapes of Yosemite have inspired generations of visitors with a vision of unspoiled natural beauty. You're seen the Ansel Adams photographs and heard the long story from your one friend who climbed Half Dome and said it changed his life, but to experience the hugeness, the primality, of the landscape is something beyond anything you've read or seen. Go trekking for a day or a week, take a camera, and prepare to be amazed. There is simply no place quite like this on earth. It may get crowded around the hotspots in-season, but it's worth it.
- Yosemite National ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Dec 29, 2013
With nearly 4 million visitors each year, it's easy to grouse about the negative effect so many people have. But, it is still possible to enjoy Yosemite's scenic wonders. Travel into the back county and if possible, visit in the fall or winter.
- Yosemite National ParkMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersAdventure TravelersNov 23, 2013
So much to do and see in this beautiful place. Go down to the valley or up to Glacier Point to see the valley from above.
- Yosemite National ParkNov 13, 2013
Yosemite is a gorgeous national park with a great selection of campgrounds plus the hiking--and views--are pretty tough to beat. Also, if you want a step up from camping, there are tent cabins that you can rent too (they have cement floors, three walls, beds, and electricity).
- Yosemite National ParkOct 19, 2013
John Muir's mountain temple is also the pinnacle of national parks in California. There's a reason why everyone wants to come here, or maybe 1000 reasons. To climb Half Dome, to backpack into the High Sierra wilderness, to see the thunderous waterfalls of Yosemite Valley in spring, or to meditate among giant sequoias far bigger than you could ever put your arms around.
- Yosemite National ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Jan 04, 2014
Yosemite National Park is great and provides another side to California. For those who are eager to get out of San Francisco or Los Angeles and want a nature respite, then Yosemite is the perfect antidote. Filled with soaring cliffs, waterfalls, and forests, Yosemite will delight nature lovers.Recommended for:Outdoor Enthusiasts
- Yosemite National ParkMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodies+ 2Sep 24, 2013
One of the most spectacular places on earth. People complain that Yosemite can get crowded. This is true. But it is easy to escape the crowds with a little moxy - most don't wander more than 200 yards from the main road. Pack water and a picnic, or better yet, get a back country permit. After an hour's hike you'll have the place all to yourself!
- Yosemite National ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 3Aug 08, 2013
Not just a great valley, but a shrine to human foresight, the strength of granite, the power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra.
First protected in 1864, Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more.
- Yosemite National ParkMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersWellness+ 3Aug 05, 2013
If you are going to make one stop on your way through California, this is it. It's world famous for a reason. And while the crowds you'll find on the valley floor do not exactly enhance the wilderness experience, there is no arguing that the world-class views and dramatic scenery are out of this world. Plus, if you are keen on getting away from it all, that's still very possible. Once you step away the car campers, buses and hotel guests of the valley floor, you'll find plenty of rivers, lakes, and trails on the outskirts just waiting for the wild at heart. Bring your gear, get some advice from a ranger, and go exploring!
- Yosemite National ParkMember ofFamily TravelersFoodiesWellness+ 5Jul 31, 2013
From the Bay Area, Yosemite is about a 4 hour drive--so a 3-day trip is very do-able. I recommend renting a condo with a few friends. It's far more enjoyable to cook dinner on the grill with friends with Yosemite in the backdrop than to dine in any restaurant. Oh, and yes--I'm not really your camping type of gal ;) As for daytime activities, one hike I really enjoy and have done twice is the Vernal Falls hike. If you're an outdoor enthusiast, this is probably too wimpy for you. But for me, this was under 2 miles, and the toughest part of the trail is towards the end. But it's a rewarding finish because you are right under Vernal Falls! Try to go in late Spring or early Summer before the waterfalls dry up.
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