Valley, Yosemite National Park

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    If you haven't been to Yosemite Valley, you ...

    by Jerelis Updated Nov 12, 2006

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    What better way to enjoy the beauty of Yosemite National Park than on footh? Whether you're interested in an easy stroll or a challenging hike, there's always a trail to hike. During our visit at Yosemite National Park we did hike on Tuolumne Meadows and the Sequoia Grove. But everytime after our hikes we ended up in Yosemite Valley and we can state that if you haven't been to Yosemite Valley, you haven't been to Yosemite National Park. Therefore it's not strange that it is the most visited section of Yosemite National Park.

    This valley is only 11 km long and is 3079 km2 large, but right here you'll see the famous sights of Yosemite like El Capitan, Glacier Point and Upper Yosemite Fall. We also witnessed the Half Dome. The Half Dome is Ysemite's most distinctive monument, as it dominates most Valley views. A must visit!

    The beauty of Yosemite Valley.
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    Yosemite Valley Drive

    by blueskyjohn Written Aug 7, 2012

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    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, the southside drive is one way into the valley and the north side drive is one way out. In most place in this area the road is two lanes But be careful if you pull off the side of the road. The cars that are still drive are also looking at the views and may not be paying 100% attention to the road.

    I've driven into the valley early in the morning and in the afternoon and I have never had a problem finding parking. There is a great shuttle system on the canyon floor to see all without worrying about parking.

    views easily seen by a short walk in from the road El Capitan View from Sentinal Bridge
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    Lost Arrow

    by chewy3326 Written Jul 4, 2006

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    Thundering Yosemite Falls easily outshines any nearby features of the valley wall, and Lost Arrow is no exception. Sometimes this tiny pinnacle of granite will fade into the walls of the valley behind it and disappear; at other times, it's very visible. The rock formation is in-between Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Point, and is a good place to spot rock climbers. It was formed slowly when water in cracks between it and the valley wall froze, enlargening cracks and eventually spliting it apart.

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    Yosemite Valley Hike

    by Tom_Fields Updated Apr 11, 2007

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    Perhaps you've worn yourself out on the Yosemite Falls or Vernal/Nevada Falls hikes. Or maybe you're looking for something a little easier, without the ardous climbing. Yosemite Valley offers some fine hikes along the valley floor. The views of the canyon walls are superb.

    Hiking along the river Half Dome, seen from the valley floor The Cathedral Rocks Yosemite Falls The canyon walls
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    Yosemite, "The" Valley

    by Martin_S. Updated Jul 2, 2006

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    Along the valley floor and on your way from the visitor center to any of the entrances you should stop and take a look around. From the huge vistas looming overhead to the grassy meadows and small lakes or river you will find much to occupy your eyes.

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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 Valley

    by rickyvilla81 Written Feb 2, 2005

    Not the Charlton Athletic ground, but the most beautiful valley in the USA. Oh, er, apart from the Grand Canyon (sorry dudes). Filled with trees, after coming from the deserts of Nevada, Yosemite Valley really is breathtaking.

    I needed a shave. I look like a varmint.

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    Inspiration Point

    by Tom_Fields Updated Apr 7, 2007

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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.

    Yosemite Canyon in the morning Yosemite Canyon later in the morning Yosemite Canyon in the late afternoon
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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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    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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    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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    Valley Floor Tour

    by blue_sky04 Written Jan 16, 2005

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

    Valley Floor Tour
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    Yosemite

    by karenincalifornia Written Feb 6, 2004

    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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