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Notes From The Road: Yosemite 2017
Visiting Yosemite National Park is something that should be on everyone’s bucket list to do. The breathtaking views, the vivid colors, and intense waterfalls make for a captivating experience. I took a trip there with family to get out of the city and spend a weekend indulging in nature. This was our fourth trip to Yosemite this year. It is an easy 3.5 hrs drive from San Francisco.
As you drive into the valley, the view is far from ordinary. The cliffs shoot out from the valley floor creating a dramatic feeling. There are many things to do in Yosemite Valley. Some people come just to walk the valley floor and see the falls like Yosemite, Bridalveil, and Vernal. For those wanting a rush of adrenaline, jaw-dropping cliff sides, and a challenge, hiking is your best way to experience this wonder.
Fall is the best time to visit, as there are lesser people. Park your car and take the free shuttles around Yosemite. It’s an excellent way to get to the most popular parts of the park while not adding to the traffic during peak times.
For the best view in the park, head to Glacier Point or Tunnel View. Glacier Point offers views into Yosemite’s high-country, as well as views of Nevada Fall, Vernal Fall, Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, and El Capitan. Tunnel View offers a sweeping view of Yosemite Valley, Bridalveil Fall, El Capitan, Half Dome, and Clouds Rest.
Things not to miss:
- Bridalveil Falls, Vernal Falls, Nevada Falls, Horsetail falls (best seen from the east side of El Capitan at sunset)
- Yosemite Falls
- El Capitan – the largest monolith of granite in the world—rises above the Merced River
- Strolling along the banks of the Merced River
- Half Dome (rock – mirror lake is the best place to see it up close)
- Kayaking on Mirror Lake or Lake McClure
- Tuolumne River and Tuolumne Meadows
- Exploring the Hetch Hetchy reservoir and scenery
- Giant Sequoias – Mariposa Grove
- Tunnel View
- Glacier Point
- Tenaya Lake
Where to stay:
We love staying at the Rush Creek Lodge! The location is quite close to the entrance of Yosemite National Park. We always stay in the hillside villa; the rooms are new, beds were comfortable, the view from the balcony is great.
We have also done camping a few times but for that one needs to plan at least 6 months in advance. There are 13 campgrounds in Yosemite National Park—each with its own unique personality, and all with stunning views. Campgrounds include traditional tent campsites, RV sites, and wilderness camping, and are all managed by the National Park Service.
Given a picture is worth a million words (not a thousand), feast your eyes to the visual journey I lived (& continue to live).