Visiting Yosemite National Park is by far one of them most magical parks I have ever visited! Its beauty is unlike any other, and there is TONS of exploring to do. Yosemite stretches about 1,169 miles, features 115 trails ranging from 2.1 to 211 miles so you’ll have plenty to explore and discover! Be sure to book your stay and check the weather for any road closures when planning your trip.
Three Favorite things about Yosemite National Park
Upper Yosemite Falls – Looking for a great work out and you love the stair master, this trail is right for you! This trail features North Americas tallest waterfall, panoramic views of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Colombia Rock, Awahnee Meadow you may see some wildlife on this trail as well! To get to this trail you can park at Camp #4, or at the Yosemite Falls Lodge and walk across to Camp #4.
Glacier Point – One of the best overviews in the park! This trail is about 1-mile short easy hike that anyone can enjoy and features epic views of Half Dome, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite Valley, Vernal Fall, Nevada Fall and Clouds Rest. Located on Glacier Point Road, and it is open to cars late May through October or November, depending on conditions.
Taft Point – This short 2.2-mile round trip trail features majestic views of the famous El Capitan, Yosemite Falls and the south wall of Yosemite Valley. This trail is only accessible when Glacier Point Road is open.
-LeConte Memorial Lodge
-The Ahwahee Hotel (even if just to look around)
Getting to The Park
This park is located in the Sierra Nevada of California; reservations are not required to enter the park however reservations are required for camping or lodging if you are planning to stay the night. We were not able to stay in Yosemite Valley due to it being booked months in advanced, but we were fortunate enough to get reservations at Tenya Lodge at Yosemite. The only downfall is that they drive was about 1 hour to and from Yosemite Valley, so be sure you give yourself enough time for the 2 hr drive if you opt to stay at Tenya Lodge.
Where To Stay
-Yosemite Valley Lodge
-Rush Creek Lodge at Yosemite
Places To Eat
Due to COVID some restaurants are closed, so I would suggest you pack your food and snacks for your stay. Here are some other options:
Degnan’s Kitchen –sandwiches, salads, pizza and a variety of soft drinks, coffee.
Village Store –supplies, food and beverages.
The Base Camp Eatery- Here you will find a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, as well as the Roadside Grill and YES there is a Starbucks located inside!
The Ahwahee – Great lunch options in a magnificent historical space (check if open to non-guests with Covid)
Watch Out For
Wildlife, ran into a bear on Lower Yosemite Falls, at El Cap meadow and a wild cat at Upper Yosemite Fall
If you want to read more about National Parks, head over to this article about the Canyonlands