We woke up early this morning because we had a lot planned for today. After a delicious hot breakfast at the Creekside Inn, we were heading to Yosemite with full speed… or at least the maximum speed allowed in the area.
What to visit on the way:
– Mammoth Lakes
– June Lake
– Mono Lake
We stopped at Mono Lake on the South Tufa and took a walk among the petrified springs which are formed from water. It was quite impressive and I highly recommended it!
We entered in the Yosemite National Park on the Tioga Pass which is supposed to be the nicest. We had to stop several times on the way to Yosemite Valley because of the breathtaking views looking over lakes and mountains.
There were hikers everywhere and if we had more time, we would’ve went hiking too. It definitely looks like the hikers’ paradise!
We drove with open roof all the way to see more but it was up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit so I ended up being baked under the hot sun in the car.
By the time we arrived to the Valley, I was seriously dehidrated, felt dizzy and was close to passing out but a bottle of water and a big chocolate chip cookie helped me recover quickly.
Lesson learned: be sure to drink lots of water and have a snack on your trip!
The Valley is also beautiful. You can park the car and take the free shuttle which stops at all the sights worth visiting and also takes you to the hotels and camps in the park. Usually the shuttle comes every 10 minutes but we had bad luck trying to take the shuttle back to our car and had to wait about 20 minutes.
Be prepared to walk several minutes to the sights even when taking the shuttle. To some sights you even have to hike on the designated trails.
What to visit in the Valley:
– Lower and Upper Yosemite Falls
– El Capitan
– El Capitan Bridge
– Cathedral Rocks
– Cathedral Bridge
– Sentinel Dome
– Sentinel Bridge
– Swinging Bridge
This list does not sum up all the sights to see in the Yosemite National Park because there are just so many. Plan your visit upfront to see everything you are interested in.
What to do:
Where to stay:
– Yosemite Lodge
– camps in the Yosemite National Park
Reserve your room or the place on the camp well in advance because it’s booked out quickly. You could of course stay for $400 at the Ahwahnee hotel but we drove by and weren’t that impressed by it. I don’t think it’s worth the money.
Keep your entrance ticket to the Yosemite National Park at hand because you will have to show it whwn exiting the park.