Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Only A Day

Be sure to explore the new Valley Visitor Center exhibit hall, see the inspirational film, Spirit of Yosemite, and visit the Yosemite Museum. Walk to the base of lower Yosemite Fall.  Consider a two-hour Valley Floor Tour to see the Valley's most scenic sights with the added benefit of a park ranger narration.

These rangers recommend that if you only have a day:

• Take in a birds-eye view of Yosemite Valley and get a great sense of place at Glacier Point. Take an easy walk with your family to Mirror Lake to experience a different view of the Valley.
Sam Vasquez

• During summer, take in the incredible vistas along the Tioga Road. If time allows, take a day hike to an alpine lake or meadow to find peace and solitude. —Victoria Mates

• Stop at the visitor center to pick up a day hike brochure and Cook's Meadow self-guiding trail booklet. Take this easy walk through Cook's Meadow to learn about a changing Yosemite. If time allows, journey to Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias to marvel at these massive trees.
Ariel Kelly

• During a quiet winter visit, consider the strenuous hike to Columbia Rock for amazing views from the sunny-side of the Valley. As evening approaches, ice-skate at Curry Village as you view the winter light on Half Dome.
Andy Fristensky

• Park at the day visitor parking lot in the Valley and take the free shuttle to popular destinations.
Ranger Bill