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2-Day Yosemite National Park Winter Tour from San Francisco
"Immerse yourself in the beauty and solitude of Yosemite National Park in the winter with this 2-day tour from San Francisco. Throughout your trip your guide will teach you about the history of Yosemite and give you great advice on how to get the most out of your time in the park.""""Escape to the snow-capped mountains of Yosemite National Park from San Francisco for two full days. Take a coach tour of Yosemite Valley with your guide and enjoy various activities during your free time such as hiking and snowshoeing. Soak in views o Yosemite is said to be best in the winter months!Likely to Sell Out: Rooms at the Yosemite Lodge often sell out months in advance. Reserve early to avoid disappointment"title=Highlights&1=2-day+winter+tour+of+Yosemite+National+Park+from+San+Francisco&2=Take+a+coach+tour+of+spectacular+Yosemite+Valley+and+enjoy+views+of+famous+sites+such+as+Half+Dome&3=Stay+overnight+at+the+cozy+Yosemite+Lodge+at+the+Falls&4=Choose+from+a2 days / 1 night
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Yosemite In A Day Tour from San Francisco
"The tour begins with a pick-up at your hotel or in front of The Parc 55 Hotel in one of our comfortable vans. We will then drive east across the San Francisco Bay Bridge with views of San Francisco Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. We will continue on through the Central Valley (San Joaquin Valley) of California. The Central Valley is the largest food growing region in the United States. We will drive past almond walnut cherry and other fruit and nut orchards. After making a quick stop for snacks we will continue on into the Sierra Nevada foothills and California’s gold country where we will drive through the historic gold country town of Groveland California and finally into the mountains and Yosemite National Park.Once in the park
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Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip
"Your journey begins with a convenient pickup at your hotel. You'll cross the San Francisco Bay Bridge en route to the Sierra Nevada mountain range driving through gold rush towns as your guide carries you back to the era of the old West.In the late morning enter Yosemite National Park where you'll take a guided walk. Visit the Tuolumne Grove (weather permitting) and be amazed by the size of the redwood trees in Yosemite's largest grove. Let the serene surroundings of the forest recharge your energy. Stop a watch for rock climbers as they daringly make their way to the summit. In the springtime marvel at the tallest waterfall in the park Yosemite Falls.After you may explore Yosemite Valley on your own. For lunch
From $159.00

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The legacy of John Muir

Favorite thing Without John Muir, there may not be a Yosemite National Park. He was one of the most important and influential conservationists that the U.S. has ever known. He also had a hand in Grand Canyon, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, and Mt. Rainier National Parks. and is sometimes referred to as The Father of Our National Park System.

About Yosemite he said, "It is by far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter."

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acemj
Jun 18, 2004

Inspiring place

Favorite thing Ansel Adams, the famous photographer who spent a half a century capturing Yosemite's beauty on film, said this:

"It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment."

and this . . .

"Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space."

and this . . .

"No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit."

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acemj
Jun 18, 2004

this may not be allowed, but it's fun to do

Favorite thing Bouldering and climbing into the waterfalls. I know you are definitely supposed to stay on trail and so, professionally, I can't suggest this to you. But it's still fun...(or so I heard, right?) It can be slippery, make sure you have enough water to drink on the way up, don't be surprised if you have to scale trees just to get up to the next rock, and remember that any damage you do to your body just makes a good story later:) No, seriously...some of the waterfalls aren't bad to climb up to (where there is no trail) but don't do this where there are other people. There are certain people who would suggest Hetch Hetchy or Lake Eleanor to do this because it's pretty isolated.

Fondest memory As stated above, this was. And the scars I have from sliding off of rocks and getting stuck in trees...(people who are tall will have no problem)

I was recently told that someone who offered the same tip was met with a bit of disapproval. I'm not saying you have to go do this, I am saying I had fun doing it...that's what this website is all about, right? unbiased tips and reviews?

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PA2AKgirl
Jan 13, 2004

Yosemite Falls

Favorite thing For those of you who find statistics fascinating, Yosemite Falls are the fifth highest falls in the world. At least that's what the booklet the park ranger gave me says.

The top falls plunge 2,700 feet. I took the short trail to the lower falls, missing them completely, because there were no falls at that level. The area is also under construction, which made following the trails difficult. But if you have the time to hike to the top- which is about 3.5 miles, I hear its pretty impressive.

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goingsolo
Sep 04, 2004
 
 
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Lower Yosemite Falls

Favorite thing Lower Yosemite Falls is a short hike on a paved trail that leads to an overlook where you can view the falls. But not in the summer because there's construction going on and finding the path to the falls can be tricky. It gets even trickier when you find what is suppposedly the base of the falls and there's no water.

Needless to say, this confused me. But I spoke to several people who assured me that this dry rock area I was looking at was, in fact, the base of Lower Yosemite Falls.

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goingsolo
Sep 04, 2004

Wawona

Favorite thing Wawona is a small town located just north of the south entrance. The area includes a golf course, hotel and a museum which has displays explaining Yosemite's history. Several of the old historic buildings remain on the property. A covered bridge just across the road from the hotel leads to the Pioneer Center, where you can walk around the original cabins built when this area was homesteaded in the 1800s.

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goingsolo
Sep 03, 2004

Bridal Veil Falls

Favorite thing The Ahwahneechee called this area "Pohono", meaning, spirit of the puffing wind." Apparently, the wind swirls above the cliff and lifts the water, blowing it from side to side. Since I visited on a calm day, I did not see any blowing wind or spirits.

Although it looks relatively small, Bridal Veil Falls actually descends from the same height as a 62 story building. Even so, its one of the smaller waterfalls in the park, as record-breaking Yosemite, Nevada and Ribbon Falls cascade from higher depths. But Bridal Veil Falls is easy to reach via a short trail over slippery granite rocks. Even if you're not up for slipping and sliding along the rocks, you can see the falls from the pathway leading from the Bridal Veil Falls parking area.

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goingsolo
Sep 14, 2004

Yosemite is world famous for its waterfalls

Favorite thing But alas the waterworks are shut off in mid-summer and by October just a few falls continue to trickle over the sides of the cliffs. The most famous falls of all, Yosemite Falls, does not even drip at this time of year.

Look at the photo and imagine if you will twenty times the volume of water crashing over the side of the cliff (Bridalveil Falls). Or better yet, pay a visit to mrclay's Yosemite page. That will give you a better idea of the falls in full force.

But autumn is a pleasant time in Yosemite. The skies were crystal clear and the temperature hovered right about 80F. Add in some glowing yellow aspen and brilliant red shrubberies and the park put forth a spectacular show in its own right.

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zrim
Oct 30, 2003

Top 5 Yosemite National Park Writers

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chewy3326

"The Incomparable Valley (and Park)"
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goingsolo

"Yosemite in a day"
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richiecdisc

"On Becoming Part of the Food Chain: Yosemite"
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acemj

"Yosemite National Park"
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"Yosemite is Perhaps the Prettiest Park in the USA"
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Roadside Cascades Everywhere

Favorite thing Yosemite Valley is obviously home to some of the greatest tumblers in the world. With such a concentration of winter snow in the highcountry, the number of cascades and waterfalls that come alive in the spring is almost overwhelming. Even though many go unnamed in park literature, the incognitos and no-names hold a special place in this miraculous valley.

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mrclay2000
Jan 27, 2003

Photgraphing Waterfalls

Favorite thing If you're looking to take pictures of waterfalls in Yosemite, make sure to go in spring. In summer, most of the falls are reduced to a trickle, and Yosemite Falls completely dries out. On the other hand, summer is the best time to get a picture of Bridalveil Falls, which never dries out.

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weed6886
May 02, 2006

A view from Down Under

Favorite thing I tend to write voluminous emails while I'm away. These record your thoughts at the time and on the spot and I've found can be very helpful in recording your emotions at the time.
The next couple of tips are from my all too brief time at Yosemite.
"The ice bounced off my head, a decidedly uncomfortable feeling when you’re bald, and the water, from another source entirely, blasted my face and drenched my clothing. I was cold and wet and pondered the wisdom of visiting such a place on a day like this.
And yet, at another point further on I felt like dropping to my knees and thanking Mother Nature for such a place. I’d seen the pictures a thousand times, knew what to expect.....so I thought.

Fondest memory Yosemite, about which has been written, “If you only have time to do one national park in the U.S.A., then it must be Yosemite”, is like a painting.
The initial sketching and background is all about rock and water; lots of rock, and, especially today, lots of water; a bold palette of dominating scale. The colouring in is courtesy of new spring growth and the stunning variance in bird life. Flashy yellows, scarlet reds, emerald greens and vivid blues are all there for your eyes to feast on."

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iandsmith
Jun 30, 2011

Thoughts continued - Bridal Veil

Favorite thing "There is so much water coming over them after all time record snowfalls that Bridal Veil, one of the two most popular, is unobtainable unless you wish to partake in a shower that starts 100 meters before the viewing platform.

Fondest memory By the time you get another 50 metres you may turn around, as many do, or brave the elements and come away drenched after reaching the Vista Platform. Unless you have an underwater camera, it is nigh impossible to record the event.
The roar of water is everywhere in the canyon as the winter snows have more precipitation added to them on high. Dark clouds come and go, at times being replaced by blue sky that shows in small patches before being consumed by the rolling mass fuelled by the updraft."

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iandsmith
Jun 30, 2011

Things to Do Near Yosemite National Park

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Mirror Lake

Mirror Lake was empty when we visited this place on 12 September 2009. Even though the lack of water was unexpected, it was quite an interesting sight and we also had the rare opportunity to stand on...
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Ahwahnee Hotel

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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Half Dome

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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Valley

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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Glacier Point

Okay, they say a photo is worth a thousand words, so I have, by way of the photos here ALREADY written 5,000 words ^O^. But if you have the time, take the road up to Glacier Point, it is one of those...
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Falls

We went to Yosemite in July, it was perfect, the weather is not too hot then. We went on a hike, an easy one, passing by the Yosemite Falls, it's really beautiful. It's at 2,425 ft. There are several...
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