We are flying in from Europe to SF and then catching the Amtrak to Merced.
We are planning to stay at the Yosemite Valley Lodge for 4 nights.
A number of questions :
1. As I suspect access outside of the valley is pretty limited due to snow, does it make sense to rent a car into the valley at this time?
2. Without a car are there any innovative ways to get to the western area of the valley - apart from walking of course ( seems to me no car excludes the awesome tunnel view, gates of the valley, bridal veil falls, el cap, etc.. )?
3. The Yosemite Valley tour would get me to the western side of the park, but is anyone aware of exactly where this tour stops, enabling people to get out and take photos?
4. As a very keen photographer, I was wondering how easy it is to catch lifts with other likeminded individuals to these parts of the park ( is there a noticeboard posted at the ansel adams studio for this purpose for example? )
Logic tells me that only having a car will provide me the full level of access I want, but I just wanted to check first with the Yosemite guru's out there!
Thanks in advance!!!