It’s somewhere I always crave to go. Yosemite National Park has that pull, and for me, it’s a place to immerse oneself in nature.
There is so much to discover in Yosemite National Park. Whether you go for a weekend getaway or pop in for the day, I find there is something new to explore each time. Of course, my favorite way to explore the park is by foot — adventuring out on day hikes like the Four Mile Trail. It’s a trail that ascends high up the side of the mountain to Glacier Point with panoramic views over Half Dome. You’re rewarded with one of the best views in the valley after an uphill walk that snakes into the side of the mountain.
Whether it’s a grand hike or a combination of shorter hikes like to Vernal Falls, Yosemite National Park is the ultimate outdoor playground. On the valley floor, you can loop around with bikes or by foot, and pass through the streams and river that wind down the valley. You’ll often spot wildlife like deer or coyotes prancing through, each in their own world at peace in nature.
For those visiting for the weekend, you can book cabins or tents at Curry Village (previously Half Dome Village) to stay right in the heart of the valley. It makes for a great location and no need to park multiple times as you can access most of the valley right from there. Nearby, there are other options as well like Autocamp just outside the park.
However you experience Yosemite National Park, you’ll certainly experience just why this part of California is special. And as John Muir said, “the mountains are calling and I must go.”
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