What to Do In and Near Yosemite National Park
Collected by Deb Hopewell , AFAR Contributor
Leave the crowded roads and seek out the best of Yosemite, from the challenging hikes and iconic views to the sequoias, valleys, mountaintop lookouts, and evening light catching the cascade of the great falls. This land is your land.
Happy Isles, Yosemite Valley, CA 95389, USA
Climbing Half Dome in Yosemite is something everyone should do at least once. It's a major commitment and takes several hours over almost a mile climb, but the views of the valley are unparalleled. One of the most intimidating parts is the last...
Northside Dr, Yosemite Valley, CA 95389, USA
There’s no underestimating the role that El Capitan has played in the development of modern rock climbing—the 3,000-foot granite face is where the sport transformed from technical mountaineering to athletic art form. In good weather,...
Glacier Point Rd, Yosemite Valley, CA 95389, USA
Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park is a popular spot for photographers who want to capture shots of the park's most famous granite monolith, Half Dome. From this vantage point, it's easy to visualize how a glacier carved out the valley below...
Yosemite Valley, California, USA
One can do a lot of different things in the valley, from biking to swimming or rafting etc. I for one like to just walk and absorb the beauty of the place. It charges your battery. Like this view of Half Dome reflected in the Merced river.
6107 Big Oak Flat Rd, Groveland, CA 95321, USA
According to John Muir, the Hetch Hetchy Valley was once every bit as beautiful as neighboring Yosemite Valley to the southeast. However, the renowned conservationist ultimately lost his struggle to save the slightly smaller Hetch Hetchy...
Yosemite Village, CA 95389, USA
Timing is everything if you want to fully appreciate Yosemite Falls, one of the most popular attractions in the park. Fed by melting snow in the high country, the falls begin booming around April but, by the end of summer, are a mere trickle of...
CATCH (Do): I spent two beautiful and memorable days in the lovely Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park this past July. Although the time spent was short, I caught that quintessential glimpse of what John Muir encountered while in Yosemite....
Tenaya Lake, California, USA
The dark "slit" just past halfway up the dome is actually about a twenty-foot ledge. I nearly slid over that on a free solo climb last summer. I'm not sure the pure water of Lake Tenaya would have been enough to revive me had I gone over. Oh well,...
When it was completed in 1925, the rustic, stone-and-timber Yosemite Museum was the first structure built in the National Park System to be used specifically as a museum. Today, it works to keep alive the culture, history, and artistry of the...
Wawona, CA 95389, USA
This tiny town at the southern entrance of the park is a respite from the teeming crowds of Yosemite Valley, about 30 miles away. Its Big Trees Lodge (a National Historic Landmark that was, until recently, known as the Wawona Hotel) harks back to...
NATIONAL PARK, 9031 Village Dr, Yosemite Valley, CA 95389, USA
No artist is more closely associated with Yosemite than Ansel Adams, who first set foot in the park in 1916 while still pursuing his fledgling career as a concert pianist. His love of nature and the High Sierra brought him back regularly to...
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