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How Many Days Do You Need to See Most of Yosemite?

Chelmsford...
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How Many Days Do You Need to See Most of Yosemite?

My wife and I are planning a trip in mid-September for Yosemite and would like to know how many days you need to see most of the significant sights within the park?

Thanks!

San Jose, California
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1. Re: How Many Days Do You Need to See Most of Yosemite?

I would say a minimum of 2 days - you could spend 1 day in Yosemite Valley and 1 day in the high country. 3 or 4 days would be better if you have it though.

Washington State
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2. Re: How Many Days Do You Need to See Most of Yosemite?

3 days is good if you want to include Glacier Point and some Giant Sequoias, but 2 is okay.

Lodi, California
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3. Re: How Many Days Do You Need to See Most of Yosemite?

Don't forget, the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias is closed until the Spring of 2017 for renovations!

Lewiston, California
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4. Re: How Many Days Do You Need to See Most of Yosemite?

Most? A lifetime according to John Muir.

For us more mortal folks at least a week IMO.

Leander, Texas
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5. Re: How Many Days Do You Need to See Most of Yosemite?

A week! I agree...don't like to be rushed. ;)

Chelmsford...
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6. Re: How Many Days Do You Need to See Most of Yosemite?

Thanks everyone for your input. I'm going to pack as much in as I can in 3 days.

Staten Island, New...
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7. Re: How Many Days Do You Need to See Most of Yosemite?

2.5 days, 3 nights at the very minimum. Especially since you most likely won't find any accommodations within the park so some deiving will be involved daily

Boston...
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8. Re: How Many Days Do You Need to See Most of Yosemite?

I agree with peddler in post #4

San Diego
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9. Re: How Many Days Do You Need to See Most of Yosemite?

Even if you stay right in Yosemite Valley like we did, having a full 3 days to explore the park would be great! We only spent 2 nights there and I would definitely have liked another one!

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10. Re: How Many Days Do You Need to See Most of Yosemite?

We spent many week-long camping trips in Yosemite over the years. Now we spend 3 nights (2 full days). We like to stay at Yosemite Lodge in the Valley floor. Even if they are booked up now, get something in the valley and keep checking back. We have always been bumped up on a cancellation.

Good luck.