When you go on a Yosemite Park Vacation make sure you consider that Yosemite includes 1,200 square miles of pristine wilderness in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. It is known for its beautiful scenery and includes groves of giant sequoia trees, beautiful mountain meadows, and miles of alpine wilderness. With the right planning, you will be able to enjoy as much of this national gem as possible. The following tips should help you in your planning and executing of a relaxing and fun vacation.
Note: The park is usually crowded in June, July and August - the high season - and are nearly deserted in December, January, and February when high temperatures are generally in the 50s. Spring and fall are good times to visit.
Make a reservation early. You can go to the U.S. National Parks Reservation Service Web site to make camping reservations at Yosemite. Most campsites are full up to 6 months in advance. For other lodging in Yosemite log on to www.nationalparkreservations.com.
Stop at the main Visitor Center in Yosemite Village to pick up maps, trail guides, wilderness permits and to see exhibits on Yosemite. Nearby is the Yosemite Museum with its Indian Cultural Center, the Ansel Adams Gallery, and the Wilderness Center.
See the main sights. These include the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias, Glacier Point, Tuolumne Meadows, Hetch Hetchy Reservoir and a variety of famous waterfalls and rock formations.
Some Yosemite activities include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, rock climbing or rafting within the park - including equipment rental and guided excursions.
Take advantage of the many activities offered in the park. These include ranger-led walks, photography classes, fireside storytelling, history walks, and many other activities. Some require a fee, while others are free and appropriate for the whole family.
Remember the winter options in Yosemite at Badger Pass. Cross-country and downhill skiing, ice skating, sleigh rides, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are all possibilities.
Knowing what there is to see and do beforehand will make your whole vacation run more smoothly.