Yosemite National Park Attractions

Top Things to Do in Yosemite National Park, CA

Things to Do in Yosemite National Park

Top Attractions in Yosemite National Park


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  • R M
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates93 contributions
    Truly incredible views. Starting at the bottom nice and early you get increasingly good views of the north side of the valley, particularly Yosemite Falls. Worth the short walk to the little lookout halfway up. The upper part continues a pretty steep hike on pretty well kept trail. The bit that got me (vertigo) was a narrow snow covered ledge you need to cross to reach the beautiful woods just below the peak - scary. The rangers had come up and partly cleared it later in the day but still found it difficult.
    Tip: I was really lucky with timing (early May) on a Monday. Very few people as the road up was still blocked by snow and COVID kept a lot of Lon distance travelers away. Crowds therefore very light, maybe 30 people total at the summit with me - there can be a lot more.
    Written 5 May 2022
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  • Amit-Sheetal
    San Francisco, CA297 contributions
    Nature's wonder, Yosemite Valley is a must visit for beautiful falls, scenic hikes, amazing meadows and of course hotels like the Ahwahnee Lodge, Yosemite Valley Lodge.

    Best time to visit is pretty much any time except for peak winter when some of the roads inside the park may be closed.
    Written 22 May 2022
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  • Adrian N
    Polegate, UK339 contributions
    This is Yosemite, not Disneyland. So it’s nature at its best. This is hundreds of years of history in the making, it was never designed for humans to have an easy time seeing it. Having said that it has certainly been assisted in modern times to let us visit it. To give a balanced review we took the trail up from the main car park. $35 to enter Yosemite, but that lasts for 7 days. The walk up does have some fallen trees on it, of which most you walk around. If not, sit on it and slide over. It’s a steep walk and takes over an hour. Yes, it’s 2 miles. At that point you reach the car park, or if you had the appropriate badge, that’s where you park. Toilets were open and operational. Fallen Monarch road with easy access at this point is closed as there was damage to it. However easy access road to the left all the way to Bachelor and Three sisters is open, though to be honest if you are pushing a wheelchair it isn’t going to be easy. From here we walked the trail to Grizzly Giant and California Tunnel Tree. Total time at this point for a man of 60 years from entrance to Tunnel Tree took exactly one and a half hours. That was what I wanted to see so I can’t comment on anything else beyond. Return walk was down the road and was smoother but felt longer. No speeding traffic came past, just plenty of happy hikers with pleasant “Good mornings.” Total time to Tunnel Tree and back was 3 hours. Total distance 6.2 miles. Plenty of toilets available at various intervals, road or trail. If you are inspired by natures wonders well worth the effort. If you are looking for Disneyland and staff at every corner you are visiting the wrong location. Put simply, sorry to say but not everyone will be able to visit and enjoy it. For those that can, do. Another attraction nearby is the swinging bridge which is a lot easier to drive and walk to, which we did later, so consider that if you don’t want this strenuous hike.
    Written 30 April 2022
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  • Grover R
    Pensacola, FL15,236 contributions
    This is the signature feature of Yosemite and its valley. The glacier carved face semicircle is a true work of nature. While you can see it from all over, the best views are from Tunnel view at the park's entrance or from Mirror Lake which we hiked the morning after our stay. From these vantage points, you get great views of the granite face.
    Written 27 April 2022
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  • Wade G
    Bainbridge Island, WA5 contributions
    This is the picture that everyone takes. You can see most of the valley from there. If you are going to Yosemite don't skip this.
    Written 17 May 2022
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  • Kathrine
    Pennsylvania416 contributions
    Pretty drive through the granite mountains and pine forests. Yes, it's a bit twisty, but it we never thought scary. Stop along the way to enjoy the scenery. Prepare with water, snacks and gas. Options are limited to not available.
    Written 30 October 2021
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  • Grover R
    Pensacola, FL15,236 contributions
    When a rock has a name you know it is impressive. I have only seen El Cap from the valley floor but the words to describe it fall short. We saw it from several places but the best may be from the meadow along the valley road. Here our group marveled at climbers you could actually see ascending as well as the hanging tents they use for sleep. At 3,000 vertical feet of rock, there is really nothing else that compares to it. In additional you will feel it as its shape is like a building wave that looms over you. It is a highlight and you should stop and see it from as many places as you can.
    Written 27 April 2022
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  • Patrick M
    Orcutt, CA63 contributions
    This is a steep ascent and only for the hiker that is in shape. Don't kid yourself if you are not ready for a strenuous trip. Great trip overall.
    Written 18 November 2021
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  • Cathy G
    Rostraver, PA39 contributions
    We were so happy to be able to see Yosemite Falls in the springtime, May and June being the best months to see the maximum waterfall. It was an easy walk to the base of the falls.
    Written 15 May 2022
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  • bobbyza
    Phoenix, AZ313 contributions
    If you are adventurous , this hike is well worth it. The trail to Vernal falls is 1-1/2 miles round trip to footbridge( or about 2-1/2 miles roundtrip to top of falls) and considered to be "moderately strenuous". My wife and I were 64 and 63 years old when we did the hike in mid July of 2021. Note of caution however, is it can be really hot in July on that trail....so. instead of going in the afternoon, we opted for the next morning when it was considerably cooler , which was smart. Trail covers a little over 1000 feet in elevation and is mostly uphill with a few downhill stretches. A little over halfway to the falls proper, you come to the footbridge (0.8 miles in) , from whence you can see the falls in the distance, offering good photo ops. The reminder of the trail from the bridge to the falls is more uphill, and one should consider going on or not, depending on health, water, etc.. There is water available just past the bridge to refill bottles. My wife and I did do the second stretch to just beneath the falls, However, we did NOT do the additional distance from beneath the falls to the top of the falls- But a friend of ours had done it and thought it worth while, but being in our 60's and somewhat tired, we decided to turn around and head back. Overall the hike was roughly 3 hours for my wife and I due to the additional walking from the first parking area (not the second smaller trail head lot) to the Mist Trail trail head. My wife and I enjoyed it thoroughly and certainly recommend the hike! PS Falls are 317 feet in height with impressive different colored granite as backdrop!
    Written 7 August 2021
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  • Grover R
    Pensacola, FL15,236 contributions
    Unfortunately, the parking lot and trail that takes you to Bridal Veil Falls is currently closed for construction. However, I will say that this is one waterfall best viewed from afar. While I typically like to see waterfalls so close you can feel the mist, I have been here before and it is average from the base.

    The beauty of this waterfall is best view from afar, Tunnel View, Valley View or Hanging Valley viewpoints. At Bridal Veil, it is more than the simple waterfall but the rocks that surround it as well as the bowl shape cut by the glacier that reveals a Half Dome in reverse. Another thing that is better to see from distance is the way the wind can move the waterfall away from the rock. You can see this further way.

    This is one of the stars of Yosemite Valley. However, don't fret if this is closed when you visit because the beauty is much better seen from a distance.
    Written 27 April 2022
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  • MichaelS848484
    Pittsburgh, PA469 contributions
    The hike up to Sentinel Dome is relatively easy, especially in comparison to many of the other hikes in Yosemite. It is mostly flat until you get around the dome, and then you climb up. It's just over a mile each way, but not overly strenuous. Even the climb at the end isn't that bad. Once you are up there...

    WOAH! The views from the top are astonishing. You can see in EVERY direction. Half Dome, El Capitan, and Nevada Falls... it's all there, along with a ton more. There are some boulders on top that are good for sitting/climbing on for pics. The scenic views are endless.

    We did this the day after we did the Nevada Falls loop, which was a strenuous, long hike. This was a bit of work, but not that bad; our tired legs easily handled it, and the views were well worth it. We also visited Glacier Point while in this area, and while that pales in comparison with this, the views were good, and these two tourist attractions combined for a decent amount of the day.

    Sentinel Dome is well worth the short hike.
    Written 23 September 2021
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  • Bob T
    2 contributions
    . We took the all day tour of Yosemite. Our driver Phil did a great job in showing and explaining everything. Being able to feast your eyes on the mountain walls and the sight of Yosemite falls was magnificient. The view you will see from Glacier Point will be etched in your mind forever.
    Bob Talley
    Written 31 August 2021
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  • William L
    Sandown, NH1,010 contributions
    We hiked through the Meadows to the Post Office to pick up our re-supply on our hike of the John Muir Trail. A nice flat stroll on well maintained paths before we crossed 120 and began to climb up to Cathedral Pass. Simply a beautiful area.
    Written 13 September 2021
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  • MichaelS848484
    Pittsburgh, PA469 contributions
    The Nevada Falls loop is PHENOMENAL! The hike is a bit strenuous (there are sections with some steep stairs), but it is totally worth it. You get great views of both sets of falls (Vernal Falls, then Nevada Falls).

    As others suggested, start with the Mist Trail, which will take you up to & past Vernal Falls first, then up to the top of and over Nevada Falls. The mist from the falls will cool you off on the way up, and more importantly, you'll go UP the steep stairs rather than doing down them, which is more dangerous (& frightening). There are tons of spot to catch your breath, and most offer great picture opportunities, which gives you the perfect excuse (you're not tired; you're taking a picture!).

    Going down John Muir Trail is easier than going down Mist Trail; the path is a bit longer, but much more gradual & way less stairs. It was actually faster going down for this reason.

    Be sure to have good hiking shoes; the paths can be slippery, especially coming down, without good shoes. Also, bring plenty of water. There is a filling station before Vernal Falls, but no places to fill up after that.

    This hike was by far my favorite thing in Yosemite. It's not easy, and takes most of a day (you'll be pretty tired after), but it is so worth it.
    Written 23 September 2021
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