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Yosemite Valley

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Many climbers consider Yosemite Valley among the world's very best climbing sites.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
9035 Village Dr, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389-9912
(209) 372-0200
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Picturesque valley with trees, mountains, sheer cliffs and waterfalls. Great visitor center movie. Awesome hike to footbridge. Easy walk to lower falls. Pictures everywhere. Shuttle is inconsistent off season so be patient or walk the 20,000 steps a good day here requires. Take in the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank TJ88665421
Reviewed 4 days ago

Although it was a little misty as we drove into the valley we stopped at a viewing point on the way into the valley to observe climbers tackling the famous El Capitaine rock face. The day picked up as we dropped down into the car...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Fred G
Reviewed 5 days ago

From every vantage point in this valley, there is an opportunity to stop and take a picture. It is the best spot for pictures of Half Dome and Yosemite Falls. There are paths all across the valley so you can get different vantage points and...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank jehenson81
Reviewed 6 days ago

Anyone who is not moved by the majesty and magnificence of Yosemite must need a new soul! We were there in February and were fortunate with decent weather but it was great to be there without the masses that visit in the sommer

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank r0yjane
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited yosemite via a day tour in February. It was a winter wonderland. Snow all around. The views are breathtaking.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank avecdce
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Second time I’ve visited Yosemite, the first time was around 10 years ago in May, and this time in Feb. Both times the Glacial Pass were closed due to snow/ice. If you want to go up there, will need to be June onwards. Absolutely stunning...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank MelodieJoy17
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a marvelous visit to the snow-covered Yosemite Valley. The scenery is just spectacular when it is covered with snow. The trails can be icy, so good boots (and crampons) are a necessity

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 1occasional_traveler
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you go in the winter you have to buy snow chains...research and know what this means and where to get them. The place is looks like snow globe and it is amazing. It takes a long time to navigate in the snow, but very...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank KnightTrainTX
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely wonderful scenery with typical American organisation. Approximately 5 hours drive from San Francisco a definite must see

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank BigsteveChorley
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was advised by our hotel to enter via highway 140 as 120 was impossible without 4x4 and chains. The park was basically shut down with only a few places open. We still managed a couple of hikes and laughed at other visitors totally under dressed...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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18 February 2019|
Response from PacificNWFamily |
Hi Please join us on the Yosemite forum. Folks just reported their recent success getting campsites. And Valley campsites book up within seconds, not minutes. By 7:01 am, all the campsites will be gone.
Gemma F
My partner and I are visiting Yosemite at the end of April for 2 days. Staying at Yosemite View lodge, we are visiting from New Zealand so don’t have any experience in US national parks. We are mid 20s and fit and plan to spend those 2 days doing as much walking as possible. My question is what is the best way to get around if we have a short time frame and want to explore lots? We plan to get the Amtrak to Merced, then fly out of Fresno. Are we best to book a rental car? If there is light snow will we still be fine to drive from Yosemite View lodge to Yosemite Valley? Would a 4WD vehicle be recommended over a compact 2WD during late April? I notice the Yarts bus to Fresno doesn’t run in April. Lastly, for walks such as vernal falls, cooks meadow, valley floor- do we need tramping boots or would running sneakers be enough?
22 January 2019|
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Response from PacificNWFamily |
Hi I highly recommend posting on the Yosemite forum. You can have a conversation with folks who are familiar with tourism in April. Start with the Top Questions on the right side of the Yosemite forum page. Read about... More
Deb J
13 December 2018|
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Response from tashk2016 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I can’t assist with April. We were there in October.