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Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
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“Yosemite National Park is in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. It’s famed for its giant, ancient sequoia trees, and for Tunnel View, the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil Fall and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome. In Yosemite Village are shops, restaurants, lodging, the Yosemite Museum and the Ansel Adams Gallery, with prints of the photographer’s renowned black-and-white landscapes of the area. *In February you can view horsetail falls*”
  • 249 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Drive out Glacier Point Road from the Yosemite Cabin. We recommend stopping at Taft Point for the 1-mile, low-angle hike out to the most stunning views of El Capitan and other special features in the Valley. Not many tourists do this! ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Come see where your water is sourced from and read and learn how this could be different! The proven changes would not negitively impact other than someones pocket book! ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Only 45 minutes to Yosemite National Park entrance gate. One hour to Tuolumne Meadows. About 2.5 hours to Yosemite Valley”
  • 10 locals recommend
Nature
“Badger Pass is awesome for skiing and snowboarding and taking in beautiful Yosemite. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Locality
“Although Mammoth is close to Yosemite, the drive can have traffic and be longer than expected. Plan to start your day early to view this national park”
  • 87 locals recommend
Sublocality Level 1
“The only proper grocery store located in Yosemite is in the Yosemite Village. They have everything you could want/need - but it's slightly more pricey than if you stop at VONS in Oakhurst or the grocery store in Mariposa on your way into Yosemite. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
National Park
“If you're feeling like an adventurous day trip, it is possible to do one day trip to the Yosemite National Parks!! Each one way is about 4hrs non-stop. Otherwise you can camp here or choose one of the glamping options that the park has to offer. Each vehicle is charged $35 for one entry or $85 for all national park visit. If you do go here, make sure your first stop is the visitor's office, the rangers here are well versed in all the hikes here and can best cater your experience to your needs. On top of that, they're the most well-informed people you'd find here regarding park and road conditions. Yosemite is well known for the: - Half Dome - Hetchy Hetchy reservoir - Tuolumme Meadows”
  • 7 locals recommend
Lodging
“This is a beautiful place to hang out. If you are interested in going to the Ahwahnee Dining Room please know that they have a dress code and highly recommend making a reservation. I recommend going to their Sunday brunch.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“When it's hot and crowded in the Yosemite Valley, we head to Tuoloumne Meadows to hike, climb, walk and enjoy the cooler temperatures and smaller crowds. There are beautiful granite domes all through Tuoloumne, which makes the drive stunning... even if you don't get out of your car. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Hike 2.2 miles/3.5 km round trip: Sentinel Dome is at the upper end of the easy category, due to the short but steep foray up the side of the dome to the summit. Once there, though, you'll find 360 degrees of view encompassing Yosemite Valley, the high Sierras, and (on unusually clear days) the coastal range. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Tunnel View is a scenic view of Yosemite Valley and a must see when visiting the park.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“If you're staying at Camp Chilnualna Cabins you will be planning on visiting Yosemite Valley. So go explore!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“ Camp Chilnualna Cabins are a great place to stay for when you decide to make the climb up Half Dome”
  • 6 locals recommend
Lodging
“You may want to consider stopping here after visiting Yosemite Park. It is a little out of the way, but they have good food.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“This is the best shop in Yosemite for unique tokens to celebrate your time in Yosemite. There's beautiful pottery, photography, art and sculpture. ”
  • 3 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Hotel
“The sister property to Evergreen Lodge is just 5 munites before the Yosemite Park Gate on Highway 120.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“For a nice drink at the end of a fun day, head to the Mountain Room Bar (there's an awesome fireplace for chilly winter evenings) to spot climbers and other local heros. And for a great dinner, the Mountain Room is a local favorite. The prices range from about $20-35 per plate. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Want to pamper a loved one? Take them on a hike in Yosemite Park and then surprise them with a nice meal right in the park. Don't want dinner? Walk through the restaurant to the back for a cocktail. The ambiance and views are amazing!”
  • 2 locals recommend

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