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Unread 24 Jan 20, 08:16 PM  
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Favourite 5 things to do in ( or around) Yosemite

So doing a feasibility study on a trip to New York for a few days then flying to Vegas to start a road trip through Death Valley to Yosemite to San Fran and down the Pacific coast highway before flying home

For each place / area , I will be asking for your 5 favourite / must do things
Having got such good responses on the San Francisco one here
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It is now the turn of Yosemite and surrounding areas

So please put your favourite 5 things to do, in ranking order if possible
It would be useful if you could put an approx time required , and approx cost per person

If there is anything you think is over-hyped or a waste of money , please let me know

And anything that was a bit of a little known gem that you were really glad you did

Looking forward to all your suggestions
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Unread 24 Jan 20, 10:33 PM  
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Mmmm

I found nothing about Yosemite over hyped, and enjoyed everything we did. Which entrance will you enter and exit from (or have you not got that far).

We arrived from San Francisco and entered from the Merced end, and left two days later via the Tioga pass so we built our itinerary around that really.
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In no particular order as everything we did was amazing

1. Chill out on the beach by Housekeeping Camp - so peaceful even in the height of summer

2. Mirror Lake - a nice easy walk

3. Mist trail - very tough but oh so worth it to get to the top of Vernal Falls

4. Rafting down the Merced River - great fun with beautiful views in every direction

5. Sunrise at Glacier Point - you need to leave by 5am as it takes about an hour to get up there. Youll forget about being tired as soon as you take in the view

6. Tunnel View - our first view of Yosemite, jaw dropping

7. Starry Night Skies Tour - so informative, we saw loads of shooting stars, the ISS and the Milky Way. Only $10 each

Yosemite was probably my favourite part from our California Road Trip, I could have spent at least another 2 nights there
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If you drive from Vegas you will arrive via tioga pass , Awesome . While there the main things to see ?
Valley floor tour ,open top vehicle,2 hours and lets you get your bearing and give a little history.
Drive up to glacier point 10,000 ft
Walk over to El Capitan And would suggest you watch the 2 films before you go, Free solo and the Dawn wall.
Walk up to vernal waterfalls and down via the john muir trail. This will take most of the morning but well worth the time. Tip go early before it gets to busy 9-930 and make sure you take water bottles as at this altitude you will get dehydrated quite quickly. The valley floor is at 4000 ft and you will walk up to 5500 to 6000.
Night walk for the stars and an early morning for sun coming up at tunnel view
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We loved glacier point, altho we didn't make it early enough for sunrise! From there we then travelled further south to Maripisa Grove to see some giant sequoia. We didn't have the best of weather for our few days in Yosemite, lots of rain and low cloud, but it was stunning in the few breaks in the weather we got. We didn't do any organised tours just took our time and walked to the various falls and lookout points.
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Thanks guys

Karen - my current plan is to drive in from tioga pass then on to SF and PCH
But no reason why we couldn't fly into Sf, do PCH then Yosemite and down through Death Valley to fly home from Vegas
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Thanks guys

Karen - my current plan is to drive in from tioga pass then on to SF and PCH
But no reason why we couldn't fly into Sf, do PCH then Yosemite and down through Death Valley to fly home from Vegas
Ok cool - so I loved Tioga Pass, Glacier Point, Mariposa Grove, and just bumbling around taking in the scenery. We visited Ahwanee Lodge (Ive spelt that wrong!) too because we wanted to see what had inspired the Wilderness Lodge. Absolutely loved Yosemite. Our kids loved the junior ranger activities but think yours are too old (mine too, now!)

I hope you love it as much as we did
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1 - Hiking Vernal and Nevada falls - quite a climb but totally worth it.
2 - Views from Glacier Point - stunning but freezing first thing in the morning.
3 - The giant Sequoia at Mariposa Grove
4 - Tioga Pass - we had snow at the side of the road here which felt strange after really hot weather in the Valley Floor
5 - Seeing El Capitan
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