The first time I visited Yosemite National Park which is located in California’s Sierra Nevada
mountains was in 2005. Since then I have been to this place more than five times Or more. Still, I love to visit this beautiful place quite often. The place is so huge; there are five entrances that you may enter and is convenient for those coming from the west. There is really just one entrance from the East. Also, check with the Yosemite National Park
website as weather can be a determining factor if that entrance will be closed. During the winter season, it is always a good idea to get detailed information about the park before planning your trip. If you don’t have chains on, you will have some issues when there is snow in Yosemite. If you are not comfortable driving yourself during the winter season, you can prefer to take a bus to get there. It’s safer and the drivers are well knowledgeable about the routes and advisory. Admission to enter per vehicle is $35 which is valid for seven days. When you arrive in Yosemite, the power of scenery alone is enough for you to forget all the journey you took in snowy mountains. The temperature goes less thy 30 degrees and you feel your hands are freezing and severing your body with cold. But you are there in summer it is completely different and you will find yourself sweating every step you made outside of your vehicle. Each season will have different vibes and completely different feelings.
I suggest if you really want to see the place or visit different destinations, please visit here on the weekdays and not on the weekends. Less crowded and plenty of parking spots as well as picnic spots or walking trails. That makes it easy to capture your best photos of the place.
From my point of view, One of the best scenes of Yosemite National Park is the Yosemite Falls. It has three waterfalls and all look beautiful from far but as you got closer, it is pretty powerful and strong that you witness how precisely eroded the strongest rocks that stand fighting with the falls. I know it took years to cut down the rocks but continued efforts make everything possible. that is the lesson we learn from nature.
It is one of the most popular areas to take photos. This is probably the first destination for most the visitors once they are in the valley. It is within walking distance of the Yosemite National Park’s Visitors Center. If you brought your car, there is no particular parking lot. There is a side of the road you can pull over and do some nice parallel parking. You can hike to the top of Yosemite Falls, but that may take you a long time.
While walking/hiking is one of the activities you are doing most of the day, I suggest taking a shuttle service. Yosemite National Park has their own shuttle system. During the winter, there are areas that are closed due to safety reasons. During the summer, there are parts that which the shuttles will go deeper.
Yosemite National Park is best known for Half Dome and El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, and other waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep U shaped glacier valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area,
If you really want to see Yosemite it takes at least 3 days to stay. I have already mentioned that We have been to the place more than five times and don’t feel we have seen enough of the valley. You should see the major places that are awe-inspiring, plus, have some time to enjoy the beautiful meadows and waterways and sit to enjoy the quiet of the forests.
I definitely recommend going to see Yosemite National Park both in the winter and summer seasons. It looks completely different and you will love it. It is worth going through the steps to get in even now or any season of the year. Yosemite is beautiful, seeing El Cap, the Half Dome, and other sights in different seasons makes me feel welcome. even after five visits I hope to return again because it’s just that awesome. Yosemite is my wife’s favorite destination, she is always ready to go there.
I would definitely recommend everyone take a trip here at some point if they can. It is not necessary for you to hike or stay in the camp or do adventure but simply drive through the road, park at your convenience to take photos, and have your own personal space in the valley. Depending on your skill and comfort you can go hiking, biking, or just sightseeing. There are areas for everyone, whether you’re a pro, you want to walk short and easy trails, or just drive through to viewpoints.
Just be aware, the drive-in can be a little long especially depending on your entry point some of the roads are pretty windy and the heights can be a little intimidating, but totally worth it. I have heard people saying they really Loved this park and they always wish to be back soon.
One day my wife asked to plan for the trip in the middle of the pandemic as we were bored sitting indoors for so long and wanted to go where we can have our own space far from the crowd. Just six months before we had been to Mt. Shasta with the family and had really great memories.
During pandemics, they allow limited visits and are encouraged to make reservations before visits. We were so lucky to get reservations because we were told by one of the park rangers that they only allow 300 cars per day. Like before during that visit We felt like we had the best time as we had lots of parking space at every point we visited. Like normal season we didn’t have to fight crowds, no traffic, and still very beautiful sights. But one disappointment was that it was very hot when we were there so we weren’t able to do all the hikes we wanted, but when we got too hot we were able to dip into the creek and cool down.
Like before We saw all of the sights in the Valley like El Cap, Bridalveil Falls, Half Dome, and we saw quite a few people were riding free bikes through the meadows from their bicycle rideshare program. We met some of the hikers who had been there for two days and heading to Tuolumne Grove after spending quality time in Tenaya Lake.
They told us that they had the whole lake to themselves and enjoyed an afternoon lying on the beach drinking and swimming! Forgetting all the crazy situations of the world facing due to Covid 19.
After having a short conversation with them we drove out of the valley as we were not going to stay overnight, missing our favorite spot; Glacier Point at sunset, and staying to watch the stars. As we love nature and wilderness I promised to myself that soon I will be back. The valley always invites me to come back.
There’s a reason why this is one of the most visited parks in the world.I always feel so fascinating seeing people enjoying camping and hiking trips painstakingly planned and fulfilling their dream.
I love short hiking there and enjoying homemade food cooked by my beautiful wife who stays till midnight preparing delicious food and enjoying it in Tuolumne Meadows,
I have mentioned in the beginning that there is something for everyone in this beautiful space. Children and elderly folks alike can have fun here and witness age-old trees and mountains that have many beautiful memories to share.
You can always gain some perspective or something great meaning of your life when you stand amongst the gigantic mountains and aged old trees and their broken branches.
There are campsites & a hotel available in Yosemite Park, where you can book a spot in the village, or get a campsite at the nearby Bass Lake which is about 30 minutes away from the entrance to Yosemite.
Once you are here in the valley make sure you are not going to call or receive any important phone calls, there’s pretty much zero cell phone reception here maybe unless you have Verizon. There is a spot in Half Dome Village in the store where you can connect to the WiFi for free. If you need to check your phone or get reception so you can get GPS directions that’s a good spot to go get online. For SOUVENIRS! The Gift Shop has a WALL of Magnets, sales on shirts, and a lot of keychains. that you want to bring back with you for yourself or to gift your family or friends. Finally, keep in mind that one visit is not enough. Oh, Yosemite I will be back soon !!
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