Here is the text of a past TripList with current links.
=> 1. What to see as you drive into the Valley
This Traveler Article will help you as you begin your entrance into this beautiful valley.
=> 2. An easy to read map
This is a great map of the Valley. Drive into the Valley following the guidelines in the article above if possible, and find a spot to park in a Visitor Parking Lot. The Yosemite Falls lot is the one with the easiest exit from Yosemite Valley and is on the shuttle route.
=> 3. Valley Floor Tour
The two hour Valley Floor Tour is one way to orient yourself to the Valley including its sights and its history. Usually this tour is conducted in an open top tram, so it's best in the early morning or end of the day during the hottest months. In winter, this is a bus tour. Young children may have a hard time sitting for this long. Handicapped guests need to request an accessible tour at least 24 hours in advance. The tour departs from Shuttle Stop 8 at the Yosemite Lodge.
=> 4. Lunch!
Restaurant options: http://www.travelyosemite.com/lodging/dining/
Read current Yosemite Guide newspaper for open hours: https:/…guide.htm
Picnic area map: https:/…picnic.htm
There are numerous options for lunch. Picnicking is a favorite for many, if you have planned ahead and brought your food. Try eating by the river or in a meadow or stop in one of the numerous picnic areas on the map. If you have binoculars, try to spot climbers on El Capitan while you relax on solid ground.
Both the Yosemite Village area and the Curry Village / HalfDomeVillage area have usual lunch fare like pizza, tacos, and burgers. The Majestic Ahwahnee Dining Room is a luxury choice for lunch; the views are marvelous.
=> 5. Hike or walk to a waterfall
After lunch, get on the shuttle and head over to one of the waterfall shuttle stops. At the Nature Center at Happy Isles, you'll also find Vernal Fall. It has water year-round, although its flow is minimal in the late summer and fall. The hike to the Vernal Fall footbridge viewpoint is only 2 miles round trip, but the path is steep enough that it's very challenging to push a stroller. Shuttle Stop 16
A more accessible trail is the Lower Yosemite Fall trail. The first half is wheelchair accessible; others can continue on the trail to make a loop. It is usually dry by late summer, but always beautiful. Shuttle Stop 6
If you want to walk up to Bridalveil Fall, you'll need to drive. The shuttle doesn't run that far.
=> 6. Ride a bike
Touring the Valley on a bicycle is a popular option. Stay on the bike trails, and follow the map. Bikes are available to rent from both Yosemite Lodge and Curry Village. During busy summer months, all the bikes may be rented. If this is a top choice for you, head over there first thing in the morning.
Note that you can also walk on the bike path or push a stroller. This path is open to everyone.
=> 7. Time to unwind
Now, as the day is coming to a close, sit and relax. Enjoy another view from a meadow, watch the river tumble over the rocks, listen to the loud call of the Steller’s Jays, and reflect on your day.