Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Highlights

These highlights have been excerpted from The Complete Guidebook to Yosemite National Park by Steven Medley, published by the Yosemite Association. You can purchase the guide at any visitor center, call (209) 379-2648 or visit www.yosemitestore.com. See "Sights to See" for more information on many of these favorite Yosemite locations:

Yosemite Valley

The view of the Valley from Glacier Point: From the railing at Glacier Point, you are lord (or lady) of all the Yosemite you survey. The view is unforgettable.

These highlights have been excerpted from The Complete Guidebook to Yosemite National Park by Steven Medley, published by the Yosemite Association. You can purchase the guide at any visitor center, call (209) 379-2648 or visit www.yosemitestore.com. See "Sights to See"  for more information on many of these favorite Yosemite locations:

Yosemite Valley

The view of the Valley from Glacier Point: From the railing at Glacier Point, you are lord (or lady) of all the Yosemite you survey. The view is unforgettable.

The Nature Center at Happy Isles: This nature center offers hands-on exhibits and books in the summer months.

The panorama from Tunnel View: This classic Yosemite viewpoint never ceases to take one's breath away. From this spot the Valley's geologic story couldn't be more evident. 

Lower Yosemite Fall in springtime: When the snows of the Yosemite high country begin to thaw, Yosemite Falls are revitalized. Witness the liquid thunder!

Hike to Vernal Fall: An amazingly popular trip, but for good reason. The walk is all things Yosemite: rock, light and water at their most spectacular.

Southern Yosemite

The walk to Wawona Point: Quiet, little visited and offering a remarkable view, Wawona Point is the perfect destination for an excursion in the upper Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

Stage ride at the Pioneer Yosemite History Center: Travel back in time and hold on to your hat on this horse-drawn stage as it makes a short loop to Wawona Hotel.

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias: Everyone comes away impressed by these towering, ancient trees—a world-class attraction.

Slopes at Badger Pass: Every winter, Badger Pass is transformed into a hot bed of skiing and snowboarding activities. Both downhill and cross-country opportunities abound.

Northern Yosemite

A visit to Hetch Hetchy: This body of water occupies a valley, which has been characterized as Yosemite Valley's twin. It has retained a deep sense of solitude and offers great hiking.

Hike to the Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias: Gentle, easy and quiet, this is Yosemite's smallest, but most remote and least-visited sequoia grove.

High Country

The beach of Tenaya Lake (on Tioga Road): Unbelievably fine on a warm day, a terrific spot anytime. Enjoy a picnic, swim or simply take a nap.

Tioga Road turnout at Olmsted Point: This year, The National Park Service and The Yosemite Fund will complete the restoration of this prime viewing area. Sit on a rock wall and enjoy your lunch while you take in unimpeded views of Yosemite's glacier-carved granite.

The trail from Tuolumne Meadows into Lyell Canyon: The Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River is one of the park's most peaceful and inspiring settings. The largely flat trail leads to and along its course.