Yosemite National Park Things to Do

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  • 1. Glacier Point

    5 out of 5 stars

    Nothing prepares you for what you see when you get to Glacier Point in Yosemite. It is a high point way above the valley floor. From the gate, it is about a 25-30 minute drive. There is parking and...

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  • 2. Mariposa Grove

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Mariposa :Grizzly Giant,Tunnel Tree & Fallen Giant Walk the Talk from Mariposa Grove. This is about 2 Kms drive from the South Entrance of Yosemite National Park. Close places to stay are the hotels...

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  • 3. Bridal Veil Falls

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    From the tunnel to Tunnel view, your next stop will be Bridalveil fall. You see the fall as you drive down towards the tunnel, but from the parking lot, the falls is giant and so close. From the...

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  • 4. Vernal Falls

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The trail up to Vernal falls was very nice and you can tell they keep up with it. It was a hard hike to the bridge which is just a view of the falls and the incline was pretty much straight up the...

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  • 5. El Capitan

    5 out of 5 stars

    The Giant rock formation known as El Capitan in Yosemite is something of a phenomenon. The giant granite monolith is at the center of Yosemite's attraction and is sought by millions of rock climbers...

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  • 6. Tioga Road

    Tioga Road is a 46 mile mountain road that peaks at nearly 10,000 feet at the Tioga Pass which happens to be the Tioga Entrance Station to Yosemite National Park. This is one of the most scenic drives...

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  • 7. Mist Trail

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    We hiked the "Mist Trail" in June 2010 and it was about a four hour round trip. We only walked up to Vernal Falls, which is the first set of falls and then took the top route back down again to the...

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  • 8. Half Dome

    5 out of 5 stars

    The half dome is one of the most popular hikes in Yosemite. At over 400 feet incline, it is a difficult hike. The trail runs 12 miles; 6 miles each way. It is a seven hour hike in all. Since I was...

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  • 9. Falls

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The snow and rain had fallen pretty hard over the Sierra Nevada mountains and National Forest last winter. So even as late as may, there was still snow up to 10 inches in some areas of the park. This...

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  • 10. Valley

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This is a must do, even if there is traffic. The views are amazing and there are plenty of parking along side the road if there is a view you would like to see a little longer.Coming into the valley,...

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  • 11. Tunnel View

    5 out of 5 stars

    One of the first views of Yosemite Valley can be the spectacular Tunnel view. This is because it is the first stop off as you come out of the tunnel leading to Yosemite Valley.  To get the best...

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  • 12. Merced River

    The Merced River is the knife in Yosemite granite's butter. It has slowly eroded the valley in modern geological times after the receding glaciers had left their massive scars. It is the noise that...

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  • 13. Wildlife

    Twitchers (brid watchers who record their sightings) will love this place. Coming from another hemisphere most of the feathered types were all new to me. I got lucky with the Stellar's Jay; after...

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  • 14. Tuolumne

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Tunnel Tree in Tuolomne Grove. The Yosemite Conservacy urges us to 'enjoy the peace and quiet of this smaller, but no less remarkable, stand of big trees' [a comparison with Mariposa Grove]. The...

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  • 15. Horseback Riding

    Cost: $50 for 2 hour trail hike Maybe this one belongs under "Warning" too.... I don't recommend this activity. I should have seen the red flag when one of the stable staff responded to my question...

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  • 16. Ribbon Falls

    3 out of 5 stars

    Ribbon Falls goes away in summer, so the best time to visit this beauty is definitely in spring. Here are images from Spring 2013, somewhat of a drought year, but just after a small rain storm. For...

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  • 17. Nevada Falls

    The climb to Nevada Falls is one of the most popular hikes in the park so don't expect solitude. That said, it is a fantastic hike. It is not quite as hard as the Upper Yosemite Falls and far more...

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  • 18. Pioneer Yosemite History Center

    Wawona is perhaps the least visited area of the park though the Mariposa Grove gets its fair share. While lacking the spectacular scenery of the other two sections, it exudes an old rustic charm...

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  • 19. Tenaya Lake

    The reflection of the snow capped mountains across the lake looks like something out of a movie, perfect post card picture. Access to the lake is through Tioga Pass, highway 120 which is opened Mid...

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  • 20. Happy Isles

    At Happy Isles is a Nature Center that includes a variety of excellent exhibits for young and old alike. For example, there is a audio exhibit that matches the foot prints of various animals to the...

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  • 21. Photography Walk

    Nothing that Ansel Adams didn't know. We can't all be so great behind the camera. But that man sure made a name for himself photographing Yosemite. I took this picture of Half Dome at Olmstead Point...

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  • 22. Mirror Lake

    4 out of 5 stars

    I was so glad that we were able to visit Yosemite in the spring and see Mirror Lake. It's not a very deep lake, so by summer, it has usually dried up and is more like Mirror Meadow. There's a paved...

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  • 23. Cascade Falls

    These are the first falls you come to after you go through the entrance and were very impressive when I stopped to take a snap. They say you can get to the base but I tried on two days and still...

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  • 24. Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    For first time visitors, this place is a must see place. There is a complex of museum, theater, and visitors center just west of Yosemite Village. The visitor's center provides basic education about...

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  • 25. Giant Sequoias Trees

    Below are the "free" Bus routes that are available inside Yosemite:Park ehicle at any of the stops and take a hop off - hop service from the...

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