Planning a trip to Yosemite National Park? Or maybe you have always dreamed of seeing Half Dome?? Check out these fun Yosemite Travel Tips, shared by your frugal friends on The Frugal Girls Facebook page…
Yosemite Travel Tips!
We visited mid week and went into the valley floor in the evening hours, when everyone else had mostly left. Driving the Glacier Point Road is a must, be sure to stop at Washburn Point and Glacier Point for incredible views!
Another excellent viewpoint is the Tunnel View along the Wawona Road.
If you are coming into Yosemite from the West entrance, be sure to have your camera ready, as you will drive through a rock tunnel.
Bring your bug repellent and adequate sunscreen, as the sun is more intense at the higher elevations, especially along Glacier Point Road. Be sure to watch your speed, we saw park rangers giving speeding tickets!!
If your are up for a little extra adventure, consider driving 2 hours south to the connecting Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, where you will see the world’s largest trees.
The drive into Kings Canyon is easier and the General Grant Tree is a must see. When in Sequoia National Park, consider walking the 2 mile paved Congress Trail. You will see the world’s largest tree, The General Sherman Tree, as well as a dense concentration of amazing Sequoia Trees.”
Patricia said: “Mist Trail to Vernal Falls. Lower Yosemite Falls trail. Drive to Glacier Point. Rafting on the Merced River.”
Kim said: “We floated down the Yosemite River, it was fun and relaxing.“
Cecillia said: “Climbing up to Half Dome, Falls Trail… these are from my hubby. Personally, I like the ice cream shop.”
JoAnn said: “It is amazing and beautiful. You have to see the Ahwahnee Bridge and creek behind the Ahwahnee Hotel. That is my special place! Have fun!!!”
Mary said: “Camp there and anything you do or see will be wonderful, a beautiful area of the US.”
Jan said: “Hike the Mist Trail.“
Anna said: “The falls, Mirror Lake and the Redwoods. If yall are up to it, hike to the top of Half Dome. Check out the Yosemite Sierra FB page for more tips. If you want a hotel in a town nearby, the Oakhurst Best Western is the best, with great rates and an awesome indoor pool!“
Debby said: “Live there! Timing is everything. Beautiful place.”
Nicole said: “You should check out when it is free to enter… there’s usually one or two weekends per year that are free. Or, go the week or two before memorial day, it’s still off-season and less people!“
JoAnn said: “You HAVE to go rafting in the Merced River ( nearby and you can rent a raft). It is amazingly beautiful, peaceful and one of the ways to get some beautiful pictures. Not rough at all and you can stop along the way and swim. Have a great time!”
Mark said: “Seeing the Valley from Half Dome and Fire Falls are great if you can walk well. View the valley from the top of Half Dome, and Glacier Point. Mariposa Grove has the big trees. The whole valley is beautiful, but during tourist season, it is a ZOO! Lots of beautiful coastline from Ventura to the SF Bay. If you like big trees, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National parks. North of Eureka are some Redwood State Parks along the coast. You should look into going there sometime.”
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