Overview Yosemite National Park

Visiting Yosemite National Park

Yosemite is massive and massively impressive, covering over 700,000 acres and reaching across the scenic Sierra Nevada mountain chain. Almost four million people venture to Yosemite each year, flocking to the scenic Yosemite Valley with its granite cliffs, clear clean streams, waterfalls, Giant Sequoia groves and amazing biological diversity. Hiking is the name of the game in the park, which boasts amazing trails to sites like Upper Yosemite Falls, the Mist Trail and the Glacier Point Trail. The park’s Tioga Pass makes for thrilling high-altitude road-tripping, while the Giant Sequoias of ... Read More Yosemite is massive and massively impressive, covering over 700,000 acres and reaching across the scenic Sierra Nevada mountain chain. Almost four million people venture to Yosemite each year, flocking to the scenic Yosemite Valley with its granite cliffs, clear clean streams, waterfalls, Giant Sequoia groves and amazing biological diversity. Hiking is the name of the game in the park, which boasts amazing trails to sites like Upper Yosemite Falls, the Mist Trail and the Glacier Point Trail. The park’s Tioga Pass makes for thrilling high-altitude road-tripping, while the Giant Sequoias of Mariposa Grove seem to defy reality and time with their size and age.

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Stories and Tips Yosemite National Park

A drive through the valley

Written by John G. Wilbanks on 25 May, 2002

The drive into Yosemite is non-spectacular; giving no indication of what lies ahead However, as I turned a curve in the road I was slapped in the face with the grandeur of El Capitan's 3000 foot shear rock wall. I continued on…Read More


Hotels - not sure where to stay?

Written by Zoe travelwriter on 22 Apr, 2003

The Ahwanee hotel is the one to go for if you can afford it and you can get a reservation. It is five-star, totally beautiful with massive log pillars and amazing looking restaurant, huge fireplaces, and is full of charm and traditional furniture. It is…Read More


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Spring in Yosemite, 2000 to 2004

Written by StephCat on 05 Feb, 2005

Every year since I’ve moved back to California (summer 1999), I’ve attended the spring California Veterinary Medicine Association (CVMA) continuing education seminar in Yosemite. Spring 2000 was the first time I’d ever been to Yosemite, and I was awed and stunned by its beauty.…Read More


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Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

Written by Cedso on 05 Jun, 2003

These trees are BIG. I've never seen trees so big. Walking through this grove was a very humbling experience. For awhile we just walked in silence. The Grizzly Giant just puts you in awe. How could a tree grow so big? We also learned that…Read More


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Yosemite National Park

Written by marcmuff on 08 Sep, 2003

The first time I visited this beautiful park was in the 1960's, when my children were young. One of the most beautiful and amazing things we experienced was the fire fall, which has since been discontinued. (I assume because of the fire hazard.) The bonfire…Read More


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Getting There

Written by thalakola on 10 Jun, 2002

I started from my home in Mountain View, CA early in the morning at 6 AM and reached Yosemite Park (Oak Flat Entrance) by 9:45 AM. I took Highway 120 to get there. This is a mountainous route. I had to drive slowly and carefully.…Read More


Misc. Advice

Written by spuguru on 07 Dec, 2000

Take chains. Drive carefully. We saw a Jeep off the road last time we were there. Watch your gas gauge - not many stations exist in the Park. Don't run out of gas. Bring plenty of warm clothes and have an emergency kit in your car. No,…Read More


Photographing Yosemite

Written by Seano on 29 Jan, 2003

Upon entering Yosemite, it does not take long to realize why the place had such a strong draw on creative people like Ansel Adams. The scenery is just breathtaking. I would recommend getting the requisite shots of Half Dome and El Capital. There is a…Read More


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Yosemite

Written by rmdemko on 30 Dec, 2003

There was a light snow. Beautiful park. We went to the Brace Bridge for dinner and stayed at the lodge. Flew into Sacramento, rented a car, and drove to the park on 140. Great drive in and through the whole park...a must for all in…Read More


Yearly CVMA Conference

Written by StephCat on 05 Feb, 2005

If you're a veterinarian, the spring CVMA conference is a great way to get your required continuing education hours combined with a lovely mini-vacation. Lectures start at 8am and end at noon on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, leaving you the rest of the day to enjoy…Read More


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