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How to Spend 1 Day in Yosemite National Park - page 2

How to Spend 1 Day in Yosemite National Park

Soaring peaks, waterfalls, and sheer cliffs make Yosemite National Park a scenic wonderland. The valley's compact size means you can take in key highlights even in limited time; opt for express hiking or sightseeing tours to cover more sights in less time. Here’s how best to spend 24 hours in Yosemite. 

 

Morning: Gaze at Glacier Point

The view from Glacier Point is the classic Yosemite calendar shot and is not to be missed. On typical Yosemite sightseeing tours, this is the first stop as the viewpoint offers you the chance to capture dramatic photos of the landscape. A paved, wheelchair accessible trail continues from the Glacier Point parking area to the viewpoint while the steeper Four Mile Trail links Glacier Point with the Yosemite Valley; some tours offer the option to complete the popular hike and meet your tour vehicle at the bottom.

Afternoon: Into Yosemite Valley

Carved by glaciers and immortalized by photographer Ansel Adams, Yosemite Valley is home to some of the park’s most recognizable sights, which include Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, and Bridalveil Fall. Spend the afternoon exploring Yosemite Valley on a guided or independent hike, a photography tour, or a scientist-led nature walk. Hiking tours range from leisurely strolls to steep hikes up the sides of the valley, and ensure you don’t lose you way. Among the less-strenuous options are Bridalveil Fall, Lower Yosemite Falls, and the Vernal Fall Footbridge; if you’re looking for a bigger challenge, try the Mist Trail, Nevada Fall, or Yosemite Falls Trail.

Evening: Half-Dome Sunset Shots

Late-evening light works colorful magic on Yosemite’s rock faces, with Half Dome looking especially dramatic. Plan ahead to position yourself for photographing the landmark; among the best places for shooting Yosemite at sunset are Glacier Point, Lower Yosemite Falls trailhead, Sentinel Bridge, and Curry Village. If you’re determined to capture the perfect shot, photography tours ensure you get the perfect position, choose the right lens, and find the best light for each destination. Tours typically include hotel pickup and drop-off to save you finding you way back in the dark. 

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Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco

Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco

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Travel by minibus from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park on a small-group day trip to one of the most visually stunning places on earth—considered the crown jewel of America’s national parks. This full-day itinerary takes you through the orchards of the Central Valley to Yosemite Valley, stopping first for a stroll through a grove of giant sequoias. Find plenty of photo ops of Half Dome, El Capitan, and Yosemite Falls. Numbers are limited to 15 passengers to ensure a personalized experience with your knowledgeable guide.
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  • 14 hours
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Guided Half Dome Hike

Guided Half Dome Hike

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Earn panoramic views of Yosemite Valley from Half Dome’s summit on a full-day guided hike up the National Park’s most iconic landmark. This strenuous trip is a rite of passage for hikers from around the world, a physical and mental challenge with breathtaking rewards. Walk alongside your guide as you trace the legendary rock path and cable route, learn the natural and geologic history of the Sierra Mountains and finish the epic adventure with sore muscles, stunning photos and a lifetime place in the Half Dome Summit Club.  IMPORTANT: Hikers must obtain a permit to hike Half Dome. The supplier may have a permit depending on time of departure. To apply for a permit yourself, the Half Dome Permit Application Process is from March 1–31, and done through recreation.gov.
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  • 12 hours
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$275.00
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Yosemite Yoga Hike

Yosemite Yoga Hike

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This unique, unforgettable yoga hike is perfect for all skill and experience levels, even beginners. On this excursion you'll explore your inner peace while experiencing the breathtaking beauty of Yosemite. Enjoy your journey to a peaceful lake to learn about the history of Vinyasa Flow before settling onto your mat for an enriching session with a master yoga instructor. Fluid poses and gentle breathing techniques are the focus of this yoga practice; you'll be especially inspired in the incredible surroundings.
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  • 5 hours
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One Day In Yosemite Private Tour:Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point & Giant Sequoias

One Day In Yosemite Private Tour:Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point & Giant Sequoias

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See what Yosemite has to offer on this packed private sightseeing hike and tour. You’ll get an overview of Yosemite in one day, from Giant Sequoias to Glacier Point and Bridalveil Falls. Stop for hikes, photo ops of iconic landmarks, and swims underneath waterfalls. You’ll hike between 2-6 miles (3.2-6.7 kilometers) with the activity level adjusted based on the preferences of your group.
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  • 10 hours
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