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Valley Visitor Center

Yosemite Village Loop, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
+1 209 372 0200
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105 reviews 105 reviews
49 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

It is a beautifully maintained visitor's center. It's full of great information. There are lots of beautiful gifts and souvenirs there. There is a very nice museum that is free to enjoy. The bathrooms are very nice, which is a treat after using some of the more rustic bathrooms within the park.

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Los Angeles, California
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252 reviews 252 reviews
118 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Small center, but info regarding the formation of the area is interesting. Posted information on road, campsite and trail availability ( and closures) is very helpful. The Ken Burns film on the development, history and characters of the park is a great overview. And the safety warnings could save your life! The dangers in this most beautiful location are not... More 

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Palm Desert, California
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67 reviews 67 reviews
17 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The over all information available at the Visitors Center is extensive. If you go through the glass doors directly opposite the entrances door you can take a short walk through an area that explains about the Native Americans who inhabited the Yosemite Valley. Very worth while little excursion.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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374 attraction reviews
372 helpful votes 372 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

While this is in a sense a typical National Park visitor center, with what you expect from one of those (information, souvenirs, books, snacks, exhibits, and those oh-so-important restrooms), it is a visitor center in a spectacular park, and an important stop on your visit. Plan on doing it.

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Miami, Florida
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76 reviews 76 reviews
26 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

It gives you information on what you may want to see first, not to miss anything. They have great souvenirs and great fast foods to buy and enjoy with your picnic. I still have some rocks and nice jewelry I bought. A must, with super bathrooms, and place to sit and enjoy a treat.

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Irving, Texas
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10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

VERY VERY helpful volunteers! We had a short visit and needed intel on what to see first. Thank You so much for helping us decide on a plan. This is a popular place to be patient with parking.

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Varde, Denmark
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We got good information about places to go and they showed two billiant movies about Yosemite worth seeing.

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Tokyo, Japan
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34 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Staff were nice and explained kindly some photos displayed. Inside was warm and clean and able to see attractions even in the picture are most of the area was closed for the season.

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Harrisburg, Pa.
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190 reviews 190 reviews
53 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

If you are visiting Yosemite Valley, make sure to stop at the visitor's center. It is well worth the stop to get updated information, directions and have your questions answered. The Rangers and volunteers were all very nice and informative. Take some time to go through the displays describing the history and geology of the Valley. We also found the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

A short visit here will help you understand the history and geology of Yosemite. It is well worth 30min of your day.

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