Yosemite National Park Things to Do

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  • 26. Giant Sequoias Trees

    The Mariposa Grove, the place we visited near Yosemite has about 500 mature giant sequoias. Some of those trees are believed to be more than 3000 years old. The 2 mile Mariposa Grove drivable road is...

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  • 27. Hiking

    I had the treat to visit Yosemite National Park in June. What an amazing experience, the weather was perfect. We were there for 3 days, but the best part of the stay was our hike to the cables. It was...

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  • 28. Olmsted Point

    The is a good short little hike to view Half Dome from a much different view than what is typically photographed. Definitely take the time to walk from the car view point to the actual point. It is an...

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  • 29. Taft Point

    Taft Point offers some spectacular views of Yosemite Canyon, like nearby Sentinel Dome. It's only a couple miles from Glacier Point Road--a short, leisurely hike. The Fissures are great cracks in the...

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  • 30. North Dome

    North Dome is easily seen from just about anywhere, but few take note of it until reaching Camp Curry or the Riding Stables. Situated across the valley from Half Dome, it much more famous cousin,...

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  • 31. Sentinel Dome

    This is a hiking trail that you MUST take when you visit yosemite. The ease vs the reward comparison is unmatched in the whole park. Located just two to three miles before the end of Glacier Point...

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  • 32. Illilouette Falls

    When seen from Glacier Point, Illilouette Falls seems like a small, wisp of a thing but it's actually 370 feet tall. It is directly across from the larger Vernal Falls. It flows year round, peaking...

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  • 33. Hetch Hetchy

    I had never heard of Hetch Hetchy, but it turns out to be the Quabbin Reservoir of the West. Run by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the reservoir provides public drinking water to 2.4...

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  • 34. Ahwahnee Hotel

    4 out of 5 stars

    We didn't stay at the Ahwahnee Hotel, so I can't comment on its lodging attributes, but we did have a few rounds at the bar after a long day of hiking, and we spent about 30-40 minutes walking around...

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  • 35. Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad

    As we traveled along Highway 41 to the Tenaya Lodge, we passed Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad. It was leaving the station, on its way to a scenic trip through the Sierra National Forest. We...

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  • 36. Washburn Point

    Were it not for the nearby Glacier Point, this place would no doubt be considerably more famous. Expansive views, magnificent scenery and a sense of wonder are all available here. You don't get the...

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  • 37. Sierra National Forest

    The Sierra National Forest surrounds the southern edge of Yosemite National Park. When entering Yosemite from Mariposa on Rt 140, you will pass through a little portion of the northwest corner of the...

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  • 38. Stanislaus National Forest

    Bordering Yosemite National Park to the northwest is Stanislaus National Forest. This forest was established in 1897 and preserves nearly 900,000 acres for recreation, forestry, grazing and other...

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  • 39. Cemetery

    Numerous native Americans, pioneers, and park visitors are buried at the cemetery that is located between the museum complex and the worker residential housing to the west. Most notable that I found...

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  • 40. Sentinel Falls

    The second highest falls in Yosemite, as well as second highest in North America, Sentinel Falls gets overlooked and forgotten for most first time visitors. Yet, its wonderful location adjacent to...

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  • 41. Chapel

    The Yosemite Valley Chapel was built in 1879 and is the oldest man-made structure in the park. Designed and built by two San Franciscans, it was erected to remind people that God is even more...

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  • 42. Alpine Meadow

    As we traveled the Wawona and Glacier Point Roads, this verdant alpine meadow suddenly appeared from the thicket. We saw a deer run across the road in front of us, but a busload of tourists spotted...

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  • 43. Elephant Rock

    All the rocks and precipices in Yosemite Valley are named. Elephant Rock is one of those that is often seen but not remarked upon by visitors, but in any other park this would be considered a monument...

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  • 44. Cathedral Lakes

    The Cathedral Lakes, with their namesake peak, is one of the prettiest spots in Yosemite. It's not a place that first timers generally get to as it's not in the Valley. As part of the Tuolomne Meadows...

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  • 45. Le Conte Memorial

    Along the road on the south side of Yosemite Valley, there is a curious stone memorial to an early director of the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club remains one of the largest and most vocal non-profit...

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  • 46. Clark Range

    The John Muir Trail starts at the Happy Isles Nature Center in Yosemite Valley and winds 211 miles through the High Sierra to the summit of Mt. Whitney, in Sequoia National Park. Though most people...

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  • 47. Winter Sports

    Yosemite is an all-season park. And the activities and sceneries here vary greatly depending on your time of visit. Badger Pass, for example, is great for winter activities such as skiing and...

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  • 48. Kolana Rock

    Kolana Rock is the most impressive rock feature of Hetch Hetchy Valley, rising 2000 feet above the former valley floor. It looks somewhat like the Cathedral Spires of Yosemite Valley. Kolana Rock is a...

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  • 49. Wawona Hotel

    IT'S BEGINNING Galen Clark, an ailing gold miner from California, fell in love with the area as he passed through with a group of tourists on their way to Yosemite. He returned to build a rustic...

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