Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park: Address, Phone Number, Yosemite Valley Reviews: 4.5/5

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WanderingWithUsTwo
Phoenix, AZ737 contributions
Aug 2019
Yosemite is definitely somewhere that doesn't get old after visiting multiple times. You can easily spend several days there and feel like there isn't enough time to see everything. During the summer it obviously is much more busy and crowded but because the park is so large it can be easy to find pockets where you feel like you have it to yourself. We suggest trying to stay at Camp 4 if possible because of the location that it has to several popular trails and low cost per day. Because a lot of people come in during the day just to visit parking can be a pain so if you can stay somewhere central it can be easier to walk, bike, or take the bus to many places and avoid the hassle of parking and driving. If you do choose to drive in we suggest getting in as the sun rises especially if you want to park near a major trail such as the mist trail. There are a variety of things to do for all types of activity levels so this park is often times visited by large families in the summer as kids are off for summer vacations. We hope to be back here during fall and winter to be able to see how much different the park looks with the change of seasons! For more information on our visits in the park check out our other reviews and follow us on instagram!
- @wanderingwithustwo
Written June 16, 2020
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Chris F
San Francisco, CA1,916 contributions
Aug 2020
Yosemite National Park is open but only allow those with reservations made on-line entrance to the park. On July 1, we were able to make reservations for entry on August 1. The reservation is good for 7 days but you have to arrive on the day of your reservation or you won’t be able to gain access on any of the remaining days.

We drove in through the HW 120 entrance and had to wait an hour in a massive line of cars before making it to the park gate. The line was backed up over a mile and past the Hetch Hetchy road intersection. We slowly made our way to the gate and saw they had all 3 gates operational. It took each vehicle a few minutes to check in and be given a sticker for the front windshield. It looked like a ton of people accessing he park but when we made it into the valley, there were not too many people considering the time of year.

We made it to all the major highlights in the park, however the 94 degree heat kept us not too far from the AC in our car. There was only a small amount of water coming over Bridalveil Falls and the parking lot was closed and under renovation. There was very little water coming over Yosemite Falls. Hotel reservations were made a few days after we made our park entry reservation. Most all of the lodging was booked up due to the park limiting the amount of rooms available. The restaurant at the Ahwahnee Hotel was open for pick up / take out only.
Written August 4, 2020
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alwi0825
Cape May Court House, NJ56 contributions
The park is absolutely amazing and the sites unsurpassed!!! We stayed in the little camp, Curry Village (last minute cancellation), which worked for us. It is extremely crowded and impossible to park many times. If there is something you wish to see without crowds, be there when the gates open and plot your sites logistically, otherwise can be a two mile back up to get in at the gate, and so crowded to park and walk around. We ate dinner two nights at the Ahwahnee which was good. Highly recommend their cottages to stay instead of hotel, but need to make reservations well in advance of a year out. I found the park accommodations to be a bit run down and in need of TLC. Definitely do a dusk loop car ride, see amazing wildlife, bears, deer, elk, etc. Was also 115 degrees when we went, so hiking was too hard and the waterfalls dried up. I'm sure Spring would be optimal.
Written September 26, 2021
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Sam J
New York City, NY14 contributions
Aug 2020
We went in August 2020. You need a reservation to be able to enter the park as they are trying to reduce the number of people due to COVID.

Yosemite National Park is amazing. The views are amazing and the park is so big.
We spend the whole day in the park, unfortunately we didn't do many hikes or camped the night, but it was still worth the trip.
We drive a lot inside the park as the park is huge and there are many roads taking you to the many view points.

There are a few restaurants inside the park (burgers, sandwiches, etc.) that are very affordable surprisingly.

One day is enough to see the main landmarks and viewpoints but two days would be ideal if you like to camp and do some hikes.
Written September 9, 2020
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Lisa G
Aurora, IN531 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Yosemite doesn't have a bad view. Everywhere we went was incredible. We especially loved the various views of El Capitán from the valley floor. You do need reservations to enter the park and although we didn't have a delay entering through the west gate we saw a long line to get in as we were exiting through the south gate. Some parts of the park were kind of crowded but the farther you get from the popular spots, the fewer people there were. And no spot in Yosemite is bad!
Written July 4, 2021
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aaron
Northampton, UK28 contributions
Oct 2019
When you arrive make sure you analyse the map you are given and plan your drive well so. you know where to get the best location stops and pictures. It is very easy to drive past a section and miss it. Take your time.
There are some amazing sights to see here with some impressive waterfalls.
It can get cold in the shade areas so factor that in if walking about with kids.
The gift shop wasn't that big but had some interesting items for sale include a discount section.
The restaurant area was very nice and modern with a good selection of food albeit a bit pricey. A side section had a comfy area with large chairs and a gorgeous fire. As we went during late October the Christmas tree was up and it was all very cosy.
The drive there and back takes you on some very steep roads with some amazing views but some scary drops off the edge of the road so take your time and concentrate. It won't help you if the family are being loud and disruptive in the back when driving so close tO the edge!
Written May 31, 2020
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Beckee b
Eau Claire, WI29 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
Visiting Yosemite was beautiful. The park staff were very knowledgeable and kind. The Mist Trail opened up while we were there. The hike to Vernal Fall was amazing.
Road construction adds time coming in to park. I read a lot of reviews on here in the advice column of how you need to have a structured itinerary : that proved difficult because we visited as trails and parts of the park were actively opening. I’m glad we went with open ended plans, we had a great time and saw more sights than we would have planned to see. We hiked a total of 18 miles in the 2.5 days we were there. I wish we could have been able to get campground reservations in the park, but I obviously understand it’s popularity. We chose not to gamble on a first come, first serve spot (and I’m glad about this because the open campgrounds were full for RV spots).
Written March 30, 2021
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UHcougarBdaygirl
Houston, TX239 contributions
Nov 2020
Travel during the pandemic was nice. I wish he had more time to hike, but the sites along the drive were good enough for us for the first trip out here.

There weren't many people entering the park in early November which was nice because the roads weren't congested. The roads are well maintained which is very important on the winding roads. The most inconvenient part of the park was the closure on 41 south entrance which leads to Fresno. It was only open for 1 hour from 12noon-1pm. Because of this closure we spent a lot of time driving around the park to get to our next destination of Sequoia national park. It took us an extra hour because of the road work.

It was a great time to go to see the leaves changing colors. Definitely recommend starting your day early so you can get a lot of hiking done. Weather was cool with a breeze and warm when you are in the sun light. Very comfortable climate.

Invested in an annual park pass for $80 since we were going to sequoia and kings canyon parks. Otherwise to access the park its currently $35.
Written November 9, 2020
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Kim C
33 contributions
Jun 2022
We just wrapped up a 5 day trip in early June 2022. The waterfalls were flowing. I strongly encourage anyone going to the park in 2022 to take advantage of the bike rentals to get around the Valley. We covered so much ground on the bike paths saving our energy for hiking. All of the trail heads have bike parking. The shuttle buses are running but the wait times are long and the buses are extremely crowded - standing room only.
Written June 11, 2022
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Jeana P
Raleigh638 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
It was brutally hot the day we were in the valley, therefore we did not do a lot of hiking. The afternoon temp got up to 105 F. Nonetheless, just driving through was a joy. There are plenty of paved walkways that can be used to get out and walk if you have pets with you (they are not allowed on unpaved trails), but again, we didn’t do a whole bunch of out-of-car activities. Lesson learned - go very early in the day for hiking and walking activities! Enjoyed our time in this part of the park.
Written September 9, 2021
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