Yosemite National Park Journals

Yosemite in 24 Hours

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An August 2007 trip to Yosemite National Park by MilwVon

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Quote: As part of our weekend in Northern California, we enjoyed our day exploring Yosemite, which included the gateway town of Groveland, California.

Yosemite in 24 Hours

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Overview

Yosemite National Park Photo, Yosemite National Park, California
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Visiting Yosemite National Park for only a day hardly does justice to this wonderful national treasure! We made the most of our 24 hours in the area, to include the gateway community of Groveland, California. It was a nice evening in Groveland, including dinner at a 1850s saloon, the Iron Door and breakfast at the 49er Restaurant.We had outstanding weather, and thoroughly enjoyed exploring the park by car. It would have been nice to visit it earlier in the summer while the water falls are at their peak. Unfortunately, this late in the summer, there is little in the way of water coming off the top of the mountain peaks.By far, the biggest highlight of our visit was the Mariposa Grove of...Read More

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Story/Tip

Yosemite National Park Photo, Yosemite National Park, California
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One of the most frequent visited areas of Yosemite National Park is the Mariposa Grove which features around 500 mature sequoias . . . one of the primary reasons for our trip to Yosemite! Located in the far southwestern corner of the park, expect the drive from the valley area to take nearly an hour. You can also take the park shuttle service which will eliminate the hassle of finding parking in the very limited area at the entrance to Mariposa Grove. When we arrived to the area around 1pm, the upper parking lot was full and the two mile road to the top closed. We parked at the south entrance to the park, and took the shuttle. For those in good to outstanding physical condition, you may probably want ...Read More

Yosemite National Park
Sierra Nevada
Yosemite National Park, California 95389
(209) 372-0200

Yosemite National Park

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Story/Tip

Yosemite National Park Photo, Yosemite National Park, California
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Having been to Yosemite National Park once before, from the Nevada side of the Sierra, I have long wanted to be able to spend a bit more time seeing the remarkable landscape and beauty offered by this gem of the US National Park system. A weekend trip to Northern California afforded us with the opportunity to plan for a full day in the park.We arrived at around 8:45am, prepared for the opportunity to take in as much as possible before nightfall. Since our trip was in mid August, we knew that many of the most known areas of the park would provide minimal viewing since the streams and waterfalls would be at their lowest levels. With that being said, we did drive into the park, stopping at many o...Read More

Yosemite National Park
Sierra Nevada
Yosemite National Park, California 95389
(209) 372-0200

Yosemite Westgate Lodge

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Hotel

Yosemite Westgate Lodge Photo, Groveland, California
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In planning for this trip, we really wanted to stay inside Yosemite National Park but were fearful that we might not be up for the full drive coming in from the San Francisco Airport. This was especially a concern since we had to start our travel day at what would be 4am local (California) time. We were very happy that we did choose to stop for the night approximately 45 minutes from the west entrance to the park.Yosemite Westgate Lodge is located right on CA 120, on the eastern side of the town of Groveland. As we passed through Groveland, we thought we had missed the hotel but soon realized that it was another 11 miles in the direction of Yosemite. So we stopped for dinner first, and the...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 22, 2007

Yosemite Westgate Lodge
7633 Highway 120
Groveland, California 95321
(800) 253-9673

Iron Door Saloon

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Restaurant

Iron Door Saloon Photo, Groveland, California
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Groveland is the western gateway to Yosemite NP, about 40 miles from the park entrance via route CA120. The Iron Door Saloon is a throwback to a time long past, still sporting swinging saloon style doors.Entering through the doors was a step back into time. The bar looked like either the original with a nice restoration or a replication of what bars in the 1850s looked like. Throughout the main area there were artifacts and antiques, including an original flag from the Folsom Expedition of 1869. The old hard wood floors were certainly not original, but did look old enough to have perhaps seen a good 50 years.Offering a complete menu of sandwiches, burgers, and dinner entrées, guests ha...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2007

Iron Door Saloon
18761 Main Street
Groveland, California 95321
(209) 962-8904

49er Restaurant

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Restaurant | "49er Restaurant (at the Yosemite Ridge Resort)"

First Cup of Coffee of the Morning Photo, Groveland, California
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Since we arrived to our lodge well after dark, we had no idea what was going to be around for breakfast the next morning. Prepared to drive back to town, we were pleasantly surprised at finding the 49er Restaurant about a half-mile away!The exterior of the restaurant looked much like an old country general store. Indeed, as you entered you would see the type of things you’d expect...grocery items, toiletries, and outdoor gear. To the left of the entrance, however, was the dining area which also included a nice bar. Invited to seat ourselves, we took a table right in the middle of the restaurant, in order to take in all that may go on around us. It was clear after only sitting there for a few m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2007

49er Restaurant
Yosemite Ridge Resort
Yosemite National Park, California
(800) 706-3009