Yosemite National Park Things to Do

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    Black Bears at Crane Flat
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Most Viewed Things to Do in Yosemite National Park

  • 1. 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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  • 2. 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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  • 3. 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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  • 4. 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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  • 5. 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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  • 6. 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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  • 7. 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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  • 8. 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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  • 9. Tioga Road

    Tioga Road is a 46 mile mountain road that peaks at nearly 10,000 feet at the Tioga Pass which happens to be the Tioga Entrance Station to Yosemite National Park. This is one of the most scenic drives...

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  • 10. 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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  • 11. Merced River

    3 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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  • 12. 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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  • 13. 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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  • 14. Tuolumne

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Tunnel Tree in Tuolomne Grove. The Yosemite Conservacy urges us to 'enjoy the peace and quiet of this smaller, but no less remarkable, stand of big trees' [a comparison with Mariposa Grove]. The...

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  • 15. 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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  • 16. 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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  • 17. 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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  • 18. 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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  • 19. 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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  • 20. 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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  • 21. 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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  • 22. Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    For first time visitors, this place is a must see place. There is a complex of museum, theater, and visitors center just west of Yosemite Village. The visitor's center provides basic education about...

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  • 23. 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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  • 24. Sentinel Dome

    5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 25. 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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