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Guided Half Dome Hike
"Early in the morning meet your expert guide at a trail head that is confirmed at the time of booking. Here you receive a safety briefing and review the day’s schedule. Your journey to Half Dome is carefully organized so that you set a good pace on this strenuous 17-mile (27-km) trip. Once you have received your orientation lace up your hiking boots and hit the trail. As you hike you’ll learn about the geology and natural history of Half Dome Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada mountains.Along the way
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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
 
Small-Group Yosemite Tour from San Francisco
"Gear up for your full-day Yosemite adventure with early morning pickup from your San Francisco hotel. Relax aboard your 20-passenger luxury biodesel van across the Bay Bridge offering great views of San Francisco Bay the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.Making your way across the Central Valley — one of the largest agricultural regions in the United States — make a 10-minute stop at a street-side fruit stand for a chance to purchase some fresh local nuts or fruit. arrive at Yosemite National Park a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its spectacular granite cliffs waterfalls massive sequoia groves and biological diversity. Start your visit with a 1.5-hour driving tour through the park’s main attraction
From $179.00

Driving / Traffic Tips (22)

Answer to Forum Question - May 2012

I will echo a bit what Al has said: Yosemite in one day will be no fun. Leaving from SF and driving by car or bus is a 6 hour round trip. June is a summer vacation month so the park will be a lot more...
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riorich55
May 21, 2012

Hwy 140 Rock Slide

UPDATE: August 25, 2006, Hwy 140 is now partially open in daylight hours, but CLOSED at night. This is a temporary warning, mainly aimed at any traveler entering Yosemite National Park in 2006 (and...
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chewy3326
Apr 04, 2011

Carry tire chains in winter!

We did not know about the tire chain requirement when we were here in December 2003. There was a big snowstorm a day before and we were trying to enter the park via California Highway 41 from...
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meteorologist1
Apr 04, 2011

Crazy drivers

such a madness!!!! this is a proper word to identify how so many people drive their cars, vans o RV. I guess that max speed is 40 or 45 miles per hour because there are some risk of bear...
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DPando
Apr 21, 2008

Lots of Curves!

Be careful when you drive to Yosemite. It is curve after curve for miles. Especially going South from Yosemite Valley.A lot of drivers become impatient so you can use the pull outs. Reduce you speed...
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mikehanneman
Jul 10, 2007

Roads Closed in Winter

Each winter, the Sierra Nevada recieves a large amount of snowfall (150+ inches), which will usually shut down many roads and trails in Yosemite National Park. This means that visitors in winter...
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chewy3326
Aug 25, 2006

Slow down for wildlife!

If you're frustrated by the 35 mph signs on roads in the park and would like to go faster, remember that the speed limit is to protect wildlife, not you; national parks don't just preserve scenery,...
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chewy3326
Jul 05, 2006

Tioga Pass

Tioga Pass, the main entrance into Yosemite National Park from the east, is at a high altitude (over 9000 feet). As a result, it is often closed until late May or even June due to heavy snows that...
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mikelisaanna
Jul 22, 2005

Road Construction

You may want to check the National Park Service website for road construction and/or closures. When visiting in late May, early June the asphalt roads in Yosemite Valley were being slurry sealed and...
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annk
Jun 15, 2005

Extremely Vast

You can't help but feel tiny when visiting Yosemite. The surrounding rock faces and sheer size of the park account for that meager feeling. The vastness will certainly be an amazing feeling but a few...
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GuthrieColin
Nov 22, 2004

Easy on the Brakes

Their are a lot of very long stretches of downgrades In Yosemite. The worst of which would have to be the road down from Glacier Point. When you are traveling down that and other long hills you may...
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GuthrieColin
Nov 21, 2004

Road hazards

Yosemite's roads are filled with debris such as tree limbs and the occasional falling rock. I'm not exactly sure what ripped a hole in this tire, but it surely put and end to sightseeing that day. If...
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goingsolo
Sep 07, 2004
 
 
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"The Incomparable Valley (and Park)"
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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

Nothing prepares you for what you see when you get to Glacier Point in Yosemite. It is a high point way above the valley floor. From the gate, it is about a 25-30 minute drive. There is parking and...
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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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