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Yosemite Valley

Hola mis amigos. I am so happy writing for you guys after a long long period. I heartily welcome you all to my trip to ‘Yosemite Valley’.

Yosemite Valley National Park, California, United States of America.

In my earlier post I have shared details about Wapama Falls or ‘Hetch Hetchy’ “an amazing exact counterpart of the great Yosemite Valley“ . And now is the time for the Original.

Location: Yosemite National ParkTuolumneCountyCaliforniaUnited States .
Being America’s most visited national park and famous for its daunting beauty this place was on my list. Located in the central Valley these are the huge, gigantic glacial valley surrounded by high granite summits such as Half Dome and El Capitan, and densely forested with pines. There are both hiking trail loops that stay within the valley and trailheads that lead to higher elevations, all of which afford glimpses of the park’s many scenic wonders.

Most dominating view of half Dome.

We had a 3 day trip to Yosemite Valley, California. We started from San Francisco by car and reached our airbnb a night before as we wanted to start early 9 next morning. First day we went to Wapama Falls though our planned was Yosemite Valley, But since we were unable to make it by 9:00 AM. we had this shift in our plan. Don’t forget to check beautiful serene
Wapama Falls.

Glimpse of prodigious Wapama Falls.

Second day, we reached the park around 9:00 AM. You should single minded plan to reach before 9:00 AM as it really starts getting crowded and trafficked like a shot.

Don’t forget to pack yourself easy snacks, water, trail mix , beverages and chips as later in the day it gets very crowded and you really don’t have nearby eatery spots in the park. So make sure you have ample food and water with you .

Panoramic view of the Yosemite Valley

Traffic in Yosemite Valley

In peak seasons you should expect traffic congestion, especially in Yosemite Valley and at park entrances. If you are planning to visit Yosemite Valley by car for the day, arrive before 9 am, after which parking is usually full. And yo have to wait for the parking spots inside the park. Expect delays of 2-3 hours. The time I visited there it was highly crowded and we had to wait for parking spots. There are free shuttle available in the park use them to get around the Valley. Shuttles are easily available from the parking lots. Get yourself a parking lot and park your car there. Use shuttles to get around.

Tip: Be there before 9 am.

Mariposa Grove

Mariposa Grove of Gaint Sequoia was closed from last 3 years for restoration and has recently opened in 2018. Unluckily, we couldn’t do it. So we headed to the Yosemite park. It is the largest sequoia grove in Yosemite and is home to over 500 mature giant sequoias. There are 3 trails inside the Mariposa Grove. Choose according to your plan and time.

Man walking Mariposa Grove sequoias. Pic Courtesy Google.

Tunnel View

The first view of Yosemite Valley many visitors see is the Tunnel View. Tunnel view is certainly not to be missed in Yosemite Valley. The view itself is breathtaking but the accessibility makes it more wondrous. It comes on the road, to more valley attractions.

Travelers get an eyeful of the majestic Yosemite Valley, complete with view of famous park sites, such as Half Dome, El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall. 

Tunnel view outlook from Wawona Road. Starting from left El Captain, Half Dome and Bridal Veil mounted pridefully.

Glacier Point

Glacier Point is considered as one of the best and most comprehensive lookouts in Yosemite. This is also accessible via road. It gives a panoramic view of the valley with famous landmark ‘ Half Dome’.

Panoramic grandiose stretch of Yosemite Valley from Glacier point exhibiting Half Dome and Nevada Falls.

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Here are some other amazing views from the Glacier point. There are so serene and terrific you really gonna admire them 🙂

Top view of the Yosemite Village.

Entrance Fee to the Park

Seven-day pass if entering via:

Non-commercial car, pickup truck, RV, or van with 15 or fewer passenger seats

$35 per vehicle (no per-person fee)

Motorcycle

$30 per motorcycle (no per-person fee)

Foot, bicycle, horse, or non-commercial bus or van with more than 15 passenger seats

$20 per person aged 16 or older
(fee waivers may be available for curriculum-based educational trips)

Click here for more details.

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Cheers & Love

Megha

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