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“Must in a lifetime” 5 of 5 stars
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Yosemite Valley
Yosemite National Park, CA
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Owner description: Many climbers consider Yosemite Valley among the world's very best climbing sites.
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“Must in a lifetime”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

A place everyone MUST visit in a lifetime. The views, climb and drive is breathtaking. Roads are pretty curvy and small lakes here and there are worth a stop and a dip

Visited August 2012
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“National Treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

Just stunning is all seasons! Best time to visit the valley floor is late fall or early spring, beat the crowds and have the place all to yourself. Go to the Awhanhee Hotel to have lunch, walk around, or stay there if you can afford it!

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“hiking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

Hiking through the Valley up to the attractions is fun but typically crowded during the summer. We backpacked down from Tuolumne Meadows after taking the shuttle around. After a little altitude gain it was very comfortable coming back to the valley floor. 3 days. Great way to do it.

Visited July 2012
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“Must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

The valley is the main tourist area; choose the season carefully as it can get crowded. Great walks, views and some animals (eg deer) to be seen.

Visited November 2012
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“Winter Wonderland 12/28/12”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Yosemite Valley is beautiful anytime of the year, but snow makes it particularly special.

Things to know: Hwy 140 park entrance can have a long line during holidays; we waited almost an hour in line. Once inside the park, there was a vehicle check for chains, AWD / 4-wheel / snow tires because of slick drving conditions. Bring chains and be prepared to install them, or you will be stopped and required to purchase chains in the park. AWD and 4-wheel are not exempt but we were not required to buy chains. A link to more detailed info: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/tirechains.htm

If you see something you want a closer look at, find a convenient pull-out or parking area. Your fellow drivers will appreciate you not stopped in the middle of the road looking at El Cap or any of the falls. The same for deer on the side of the road. If they are on the road way, carefully navigate around them.

Uggs might look warm, but the sole is not good in snow. Same for athletic shoes - no traction. We saw many people attempting to walk on packed snow with painful results.

Pack a lunch, water, other beverages. Camp store at Curry Village is undergoing remodeling with a reduced inventory. The store at Yosemite Village is well appointed and you can find just about any food item you want, including meats to grill if you are camping. The Mountaineering store closes promptly at 4pm in the winter.

We walked the loop back to Happy Isles having parked in the North Pines lot. It is a 1.5ish mile walk on a paved, snow packed surface. If you become tired, shuttles run through there frequently. There were many families sledding on the not-too-steep slopes, perfect for young kids.

Be smart about being in the outdoors, pack extra clothes (forewarned - many of the bathrooms are pit toilets and unheated), layers of clothing work well if the day warms up, and dry socks always feel great after a day of tromping through the snow.

Enjoy the adventure and breathtaking beauty of the Valley.

Visited December 2012
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