Ah. World-famous Yosemite National Park and it’s iconic granite monoliths.
I had the opportunity to spend several days taking in the sights of the park. Exploring world-renowned granite peaks El Capitian and Half Dome.
My lodging choice was the historical Curry Village (now called Half Dome Village). A tent cabin community located beneath towering Half Dome. I had selected a non-heated tent cabin and later that night, questioned that decision. Overnight temperatures were in the upper thirties. The two wool blankets provided by the park and my sleeping bag were my best friends. Thankfully the cool weather wouldn’t last. Daytime temperatures quickly warmed into the seventies.
If you’re visiting the park, there are a few “must sees”. Tunnel View provides a spectacular view of the park right as you exit the tunnel. Be sure to slow down, pull off into the parking lot and get out and take in this incredible vista. Continuing into the valley you’ll pass the road to Glacier Point. This is another incredible panoramic view of the park and is well worth the drive. If you’re looking for a great day hike, consider the trail fro Curry Village up to Glacier Point. It’s strenuous but well worth it. This trail affords some more amazing views of the valley and towing granite domes.
While visiting I explored several areas including Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Falls, several trails and of course, the visitor’s centers to stamp my passport! If you’re looking for a relaxing vacation, I’d recommend at least two days. Stay in Yosemite Village and take time to explore the valley floor on any of the paved trails and boardwalks by hiking, running or bicycle. There are numerous dining options, gift shops, the Ansel Adam’s Gallery, a museum, guided nature walks, and more.
Plan to “escape” the valley and head to Glacier Point, and even over to the Mariposa Grove of over two-hundred giant Sequoia trees. If you’re up for the two to three mile hiking, there is a guided tram tour available for around 25.00/person.
Also while your in the valley remember that there is a free bus service available. It’s a good option for less-active folks (of if you’re tired of driving). I hear this is a very popular option on weekends when the park is jammed with passenger cars!
Watch this video for some great pictures and clips of the waterfalls!