Rushing waterfalls, peaceful meadows and majestic mountains all can be found in one unique national park. Yosemite National Park offers a diversity of sights for all ages to enjoy.
Things to do and places to see.
Sheila, mother of two and an enthusiastic traveler, visited Yosemite National Park and has never forgotten her time at the park.
“My favorite thing about Yosemite was having a picnic lunch atop Glacier Point looking at Half Dome and down into the valley. You could see the major waterfalls too. It was amazing,” says Sheila.
Kari Cobb, Public Affairs Specialist at Yosemite National Park, says, “Yosemite has so much to offer. It’s a park that anyone can enjoy regardless of how comfortable you are in the wilderness. For those that want a more natural visit, with less crowds, no development or stores, there’s Tuolumne Meadows, in the northern part of the park to explore. For those that aren’t as comfortable letting go of civilization, Yosemite Valley is the place to be. And for those who want a quieter experience, but still not let go of all the human comforts, Wawona is the place to be. No matter what your comfort level with the outdoors is, Yosemite can provide it.”
According to National Geographic, the park’s giant sequoia trees can live to be more than 3,000 years old. The towering sequoia trees can make you feel so small standing next to their majestic height. When you really focus on how amazing the environment is at Yosemite it can make any bad thing seem good.
One day at Yosemite.
“We were on a nine day road trip from Oklahoma to California with many places to see. So what do you do when you only have one day at Yosemite? You do what we did, we took a guided tour,” says Sheila. “It was amazing. Our tour guide had our shuttle bus at each stop at the right time and knew how to maneuver through all the traffic which would have taken us so long to find all the highlights of the park. He even spent extra time with us that day making sure we saw all the best spots.”
Extended stay at Yosemite.
When planning to stay a prolonged time at Yosemite rather than just one day you may wonder, “Where should I stay?” It all depends on whether you want to be inside or outside. If you prefer sleeping under the stars then camping at one of Yosemite’s campgrounds is the ideal choice. But if you fancy a more luxurious stay at Yosemite a vacation at one of Yosemite’s lodges is also a great choice.
According to TripAdvisor, the Ahwahnee lodge is the number one hotel in Yosemite. Yosemite also offers several vacation rentals that offer a more private option.
“Most people want to camp in Yosemite Valley, as it’s the most popular part of the park to visit,” says Kari.
Winter, spring, summer or fall–when is the best time to visit Yosemite?
“Each season has something to offer. Spring–the temperatures are still cool. The waterfalls are at their peak and the flowers are starting to bloom…summer–the temperatures are great for swimming and relaxing in the sun. However, this is our peak visitation season and it can be very busy in Yosemite Valley…fall–the temperatures are still warm during the day but cool at night. The entire park is still open….winter–visitation is very minimal. Often times the park is covered in snow and the scenery is absolutely stunning,” says Kari.
No matter when you choose to visit Yosemite National Park it is guaranteed it will be stunning any time of the year. I’ll never forget my own time at Yosemite and would go back in an instant. Yosemite National Park is a park that has almost everything about nature encompassed into one place.