Yosemite Valley
Yosemite Valley
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Many climbers consider Yosemite Valley among the world's very best climbing sites.
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Stuart D
Palo Alto, CA11 contributions
Nov 2022
One of the best National Parks in the US. Stunning views and great hikes. Only downside it gets easily crowded.
Written 27 December 2022
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AndyKansasCity
Kansas City946 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
There’s nothing quite like coming out of the tunnel and seeing Yosemite Valley before you. A beautiful area, but often busy. There’s lots of hiking and sightseeing, hotels and restaurants. Find a place to park and take the shuttle wherever you want to go. Be aware that there are two shuttles: one goes all around the valley and the other makes a smaller loop.
Written 30 November 2022
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DanoIII
Seattle30 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
What a place. If you like the outdoors and hiking, this your place! I’ve been to dozens of National Parks and this is as good as it gets. Clean, easy hiking and road access. Don’t miss this gem. I recommend hiring a hiking guide from the Yosemite Mountaineering as School. It’s not cheap, but it’s worth it. Ask for Nick, he was great. Bring plenty of water, good well broken in boot and dress in layers. The view are spectacular.
Written 11 November 2022
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Brendan S
Arlington, VA1,390 contributions
Oct 2022
Yosemite Valley is the famous part of Yosemite National Park and the area with the most tourist infrastructure. This is where you can see the valley view, the major rock formations and the waterfalls...when there is water. And it's the seasonality of Yosemite that's the challenge. It's tough to visit in the winter - November through April - because of heavy snow. In the summer months, it gets so crowded that they limit visitor access and there are traffic jams. I visited in late October and there were mostly sparse crowds and no traffic. But Yosemite Falls was a trickle down the cliff, Vernal and Nevada Falls were reduced in intensity and Mirror Lake did not have a drop of water in it. I'd probably aim for spring before peak tourist season or fall right after the tourist season. And make sure to stay late at least one night for the terrific stargazing - I could see the Milky Way with a naked eye.
Written 6 November 2022
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Melaney68
Chesapeake Beach, MD9,470 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
We were fortunate to secure a recreation.gov park pass and so we rerouted our road trip and entered the park on the east side. There were many traffic delays due to construction and it took a very long time to get to the valley. On our last trip we came in via the west entrance which led us to the valley much faster. We visited in April last time and there were waterfalls everywhere. The park seemed incomplete without them.
Written 1 November 2022
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TennisStar602
Florida478 contributions
Oct 2022 • Solo
This area of Yosemite is the main part. All of the well known Yosemite rock formations are here. The parking and traffic can be rough, but they were reasonable on a late Sunday in October. I loved the scenery but I did not allot enough time for a hike in this area. Just a word of caution, when it gets dark, it gets DARK! Please be advised that the sun went down at 6:00 P.M. in late October.
Written 31 October 2022
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ClaudiaS339
Panama City, Panama154 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
Amazingly impressive! we had beautiful weather, just right temperature. We stayed at Yosemite view lodge (no celular signal there, you pay for WiFi) just a short car ride from the park entrance, when you drive and see this majestic cliffs or when you hike to the gigantic trees it makes you feel the wonder of nature.
Written 29 October 2022
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Balasubramanian R
Chennai (Madras), India720 contributions
Oct 2022
Yosemite valley is the tourist attraction in Yosemite national park. The valley surrounded by granite mountains like EI Capitan, half dome etc. Water falls, forest, park are there. People used to visit the valley in the week end and on holidays
Written 24 October 2022
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nickss1
Southend-on-Sea, UK4,549 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
This is definitely worth the long trip to get here. The scenery is stunning; so much to see. We found getting a parking spot an issue at the village, but we eventually came across a space (we went on a busy Saturday). We visited the Valley Visitor Centre, saw Yosemite movie in the attached theatre, then went on short walk to Lower Yosemite Falls. All on a wonderful autumn/fall day.
Written 15 October 2022
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PacificNWFamily
Washington State97,886 contributions
Sep 2022
We have enjoyed Yosemite Valley so many times, and we seem to find something new with every visit. This time the ‘new’ thing was finding big crayfish (crawdads) in Tenaya Creek.

We walked a loop from the Church Bowl Picnic Area to the Ahwahnee, up & down the Mirror Lake Loop, through the edge of the North Pines Campground, and back. The crayfish were easily seen from the bridge over Tenaya Creek between the campground and the Backpacker’s Campground. What a fun find.

We enjoyed a secluded picnic on the trail from Mirror Lake Road/Trail to North Pines CG. We sat near Tenaya Creek and enjoyed the scenery. On our last visit we picnicked alongside the Merced River near El Capitan Meadow. There are so many places to enjoy Yosemite Valley.
Written 8 October 2022
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