After talking to friends who had done a day trip to Yosemite National Park recently, I decided to do some research into heading there myself on my recent trip to California. We decided to book a 1 day trip to Yosemite National Park whilst we were staying in San Francisco for 4 nights and it is one of the best decisions we made for the entire trip!
The views and scenery here are breathtaking, the fresh air is a welcomed break from the city life of San Francisco and the wildlife seen throughout the national park is a bonus so here is 7 must do’s at Yosemite National Park:-
Giant Sequoia Trees
Considered to be the largest tree in the world, these trees can be seen on three different areas in Yosemite National Park; Mariposa Grove, Merced Grove and Tuolumne Grove. The Tuolumne Grove hike is a 2 mile round hike and is definitely worth it! These trees are incredible and are known to live for up to 3000 years! I decided to include both of these photos just to demonstrate the sheer size of these trees! I’m tiny in comparison!
At over 8800 feet (over 2600 meters) above sea level, Half Dome is one of the most prominent attractions seen at Yosemite National Park. You can hike to the summit of Half Dome, however, it is a strenuous hike taking around 10-12 hours for fit hikers, so it’s not your average stroll. Half Dome can be seen from many points in Yosemite National Park however, so you definitely won’t be missing out if you don’t make the hike.
Yosemite Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in North America and the 5th highest in the world! The best time to see the waterfall in action is in May or June when the snow from winter begins to melt and it is often dry by August. You can get closer to the waterfall by doing a 1 mile loop trail at the bottom or a day long, strenuous hike to the top.
Bridalveil Falls is another prominent site in Yosemite National Park that is worth checking out. It generally flows year round and can be accessed by a 1/4 mile walk at the bottom of the waterfall. Nature at its best!
I definitely recommend stocking up on some picnic necessities (blanket, sandwiches, biscuits, soft drink etc.) before entering into Yosemite so that you can stop wherever you choose for a picnic lunch amongst the breathtaking scenery. Perhaps at the river at the bottom of the valley (where the Park cafe and gift shop are located), at El Capitan Meadow or at the bottom of Yosemite Falls. No matter where you choose, you won’t regret your picnic!
Get amongst the activities
There are many different activities you can choose to do whilst visiting Yosemite no matter if you’re only there for a day or 4 days. For those experienced enough, you can rock climb the many cliffs in the park or hike to the summits of many of the cliffs as well. For those a little less experienced, there are novice hikes and walks all around the park so you can still get up close with the natural wonders in this park. You can also choose to hire a bike to get around the park a bit quicker or use the many shuttle buses to get to the areas you want to explore further. Camping or lodging on site is also available for those who are wanting more time in the park as well.
El Capitan Meadows
With a view looking straight up El Capitan, a beautiful meadow, a view of Cathedral Rocks and Sentinel Bridge and a view of Half Dome from across the way, El Capitan Meadows is definitely worth a stop on your itinerary whilst in the park. Some of the most beautiful photos you will take will be here, guaranteed!
Yosemite National Park is one national park in the United States of America that you must visit. The scenery is absolutely outstanding and will definitely make an impression. It’s also a welcomed break from the hustle and bustle of the cities that we are often so caught up in with sightseeing and shopping that we forget to take a step back and enjoy what mother nature has given us to enjoy.
Global Whispers chose to do a 1 day Total Yosemite Experience & Giant Sequoia’s tour with Extranomical Tours.
All posts are by GlobalWhispers2014 and are entirely my own opinions, views and experiences.