Valley, Yosemite National Park

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    Yosemite by Moonlight is just amazing!! (main tip)

    by MarvintheMartian Updated Feb 13, 2004

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    Just incredible - book accom early!

    I was luck enough to be staying in Yosemite during a full moon and when the Perseids Meteor shower was just starting.

    The guides in Yosemite organise tours on their trolley buses starting quite late during the full moon period and I would recommend getting on one of these tours - well worth the money! Most tours leave from Yosemite Lodge.

    This photo was taken at the Mountain Tunnel View with my camera shutter open for 15 seconds - even them not enough!

    This is just a fantastic place to visit - put it on your list straight away!

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    Yosemite Valley

    by Saks_b Written Jan 8, 2004

    There are plenty of spots for picnicking or camping along banks of Merced River. It's a good place for swimming or rafting. If you are staying overnight in the valley, you'll find accommodations ranging from inexpensive tent cabins to a luxurious Hotel. Advance reservations are advised.

    Enjoy a one or two hour trail ride through the forest, past lush meadows and along meandering streams

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    The High Sierra

    by zrim Updated Oct 29, 2003

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    the backcountry can be spectacular

    All of the activity and bustle is centered in the Yosemite Valley. There are several hotels and countless camping spots in the valley. Each day car after car and bus after bus arrives with an endless supply of gawking visitors. The best way to get away from the crowds--take the road less traveled. If you are willing to spend the four hours or so that it takes to traverse the Tioga Road, you will not only gain new perspectives on this fascinating rugged countryside, but you will leave the throngs behind. True, you will never be in complete solitude where blacktop runs its course, but until you are ready to take the ten day backpack trip to the truly remote areas, the Tioga Road will give a semblance of wilderness.

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    Yosemite Valley - Half Dome

    by mrclay2000 Updated Oct 20, 2003

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    Half Dome (right)

    The deeper you penetrate the Valley, the more you'll recognize distant Half Dome at its farther extension, now the familiar icon on park service vehicles in Yosemite. Half Dome was once a whole mountain but sheered in half by glacial activity around the "L"-like bend of Yosemite Valley.

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    Yosemite Valley

    by Easty Written Jun 23, 2003

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    Yosemite Valley

    The view from the Yosemite Valley of the monoliths is the reason you go to Yosemite Park. It is just monolith after monolith. A truely awesome site. I just love the flatness of the valley next to the massive cliffs of the nearby monoliths.

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    Even Without the Water

    by mrclay2000 Updated May 5, 2003

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    Yosemite Valley

    Even without the numerous waterfalls, the Valley itself is a place for solitude and meditation. The monoliths and conifers, the buxom Merced and the towering cliffs all form a beautiful glacial valley of which the more famous attractions are only a part.

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    Yosemite Valley - Dawn of a New Day

    by mrclay2000 Updated May 5, 2003

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    El Capitan (left), Bridalveil Falls (right)

    When you first approach Yosemite Valley whether in the early morning or afternoon, the various cliffs ahead of you tend to gather around as if eager to witness your arrival. The spectacles you are about to see tend to unfold gradually until you are fully surrounded by all the Valley has to offer: 3,000-foot cliffs, 2,000-foot cascades and a towering pine forest clinging to the scenic Merced River.

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    Valley View

    by Jim_Eliason Written Sep 30, 2010

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    This parking lot right after the tunnel when you enter the valley provides fantastic views of El Capitan and the Yosemite Valley.

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    Inspiration Point

    by Tom_Fields Updated Apr 7, 2007

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    Yosemite Canyon in the morning
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    This is the most famous view of Yosemite Canyon. Just for variety, visit this spot in the morning and evening. The difference in the lighting is dramatic.

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    Valley Floor Tour

    by blue_sky04 Written Jan 16, 2005
    Valley Floor Tour

    This is a tour inside the park. you will be taken around the park with this tram. It makes stops in some interesting places.

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    Yosemite

    by karenincalifornia Written Feb 6, 2004
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    If you are entering or leaving the Park through El Portal on the west, then you must stop at the overlook and take photo of this classic view of Yosemite Valley.

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    Glorious Scenery

    by pmarshuk Updated Aug 28, 2003

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    Just enjoy the glorious natural scenery all around you. Yosemite Valley is a superb example of a galcial valley with granite cliffs and spectacular hanging waterfalls.

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    Inspiration Point

    by Virtuous_Tourist Written Jun 7, 2003

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    provides the quintessential shot of Yosemite Valley. The view is breathtaking and any picture taken does not do it justice.

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