tourist tuesdays: yosemite national park

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

hi guys! this week for tourist tuesdays i wanted to let you in on one of my favorite places in california ever.  i wrote about it more extensively over on ashley's blog a few weeks ago and i haven't been able to stop thinking about this little slice of heaven ever since.  so today, it's time to take a peak at yosemite national park!  here are a few tips if you ever find yourself in the ansel adam's wilderness

must see: 
yosemite valley. home to some of yosemite's most well known sights. this is where half dome, el capitan and yosemite falls are. there's nothing more breathtaking than driving into the valley and turning the bend to a sight like that. the yosemite valley was carved by glaciers, which gives the rocks such stunning and individual shape. 

tuolumne meadows. a whole different world compared to yosemite valley. in the spring time, after the snow has melted, the meadows turn into a rainbow of colors and the wildlife start to emerge from winter hibernation. tuolumne meadows is a great place to spot some of yosemite's most well recognized animal friends.

what to do:  
hiking.  from beginner hikes in the meadows to expert in the valley, there is something for everyone. yosemite is the beginning to the john muir trail - a trail that continues 215 miles.  but don't worry, if you don't like hiking, there's definitely plenty of sights to see without having to slip on your hiking boots. 

where to stay:
you don't even have to be a camper to consider making a trip to yosemite. there are plenty of places to stay that don't fall into the campsite category. the ahwahnee hotel is definitely the nicest and most well known hotel in yosemite. if you don't want to fork over that much dough and aren't afraid to get a little dirty, i recommend the tent cabins at village! it's a great "meet in the middle" type of accommodation.

yosemite is a gorgeous place and once you're there, you'll never want to leave.  i can't wait to go back again and hopefully it will be very soon.  to me, there's nothing better than breathing that fresh mountain air and soaking in everything mother nature has to offer.

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images: 12, 3, 4, 5


emenchho said...

Yosemite is someplace I definitely want to visit! I have a friend that goes every year and his pictures are STUNNING.

Britt said...

I have to agree with you on being the best place EVER in California. It is beyond stunning. I've only been once 3 years ago and I am dying to go back. Great post!

Robyn said...

wow! stunning. stunning photos! bucket list

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