Yosemite National Park Things to Do

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    Black Bears at Crane Flat
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    Tunnel View
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    Views from Glacier Point
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Most Viewed Things to Do in Yosemite National Park

  • 1. Glacier Point

    5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 2. Tioga Road

    This road gives the casual tourist the best taste of Sierra High Country. The highway bisects the park west to east driving across open granite forests, craggy peaks rising high into deep blue skies....

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  • 3. Falls

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 4. 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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  • 5. 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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  • 6. 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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  • 7. 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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  • 8. Bridal Veil Falls

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This is the second highest falls in the park and the highest one that runs year round. it plunges 189 meters from the surrounding mountains into the Yosemite valley. There is an about 1/2 mile trail...

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  • 9. 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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  • 10. Mist Trail

    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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  • 11. 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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  • 12. Panorama Trail

    5 out of 5 stars

    After reading several reviews for this trail I finally convinced my wife that she would enjoy the Panorama Trail hike. She was concerned that you had to be young and in particularly good shape to make...

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  • 13. 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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  • 14. 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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  • 15. 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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  • 16. Tuolumne

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    If you are driving from California and into Yosemite, you would see the sign Tuolumne Meadows and then park there at the side of the road and join the crowd of people trying to get great pics of the...

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  • 17. Mirror Lake

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 18. Ribbon Falls

    3.5 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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  • 19. 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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  • 20. 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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  • 21. Merced River

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 22. 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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  • 23. 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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  • 24. 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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  • 25. 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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