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Valley Visitor Center

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Address: Yosemite Village Loop, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
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+1 209-372-0200

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Don't Skip the Visitor Center

Having been to Yosemite several times (I'm going again in May), you might not think I would return to the Visitor Center... that I would know my way around. But, believe me - It's... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Having been to Yosemite several times (I'm going again in May), you might not think I would return to the Visitor Center... that I would know my way around. But, believe me - It's my first stop after getting my room settled! The natural world shifts and changes over the months and years. These changes can enhance some sights and... More 

Thank Mimi61
Palatine, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017

There is a nice food court with picnic tables outside. There is a souvenir shop and good supplies for campers and hikers.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

This is really a small museum that explains the origins of Yosemite and how it has been impacted by nature and man over the years. The displays are clear and concise. Highly recommended.

Thank John K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017

I popped in here a few times for maps, advice and souvenirs. Everyone I spoke to was knowledgeable, friendly and more than willing to share their experiences. Well done.

Thank Manna42
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

There were roads closed and it was super confusing to find via cars. When we went to rent a bike they were closed for 30 min :( Prepare for lots of walking. The visitor center itself was very helpful.

Thank CarrieShaw
Endwell, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

We hiked up the Mist trail to Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls on our first day then stopped at the Visitor center to get some advice on other hikes and attractions. After hiking the Mist trail the Ranger could gauge our abilities and how we handled it as a guide for her recommendations to us. They were extremely pleasant and... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

We enjoyed the film on Yosemite once we were able to reach the Visitor Center. Very limited parking makes it almost impossible to reach by car. Take the shuttle.

Thank Ron W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

This place was flooded with tourists looking for mementos... I bought a t shirt here and took a picture by the large stuffed bear!!!

Thank NLBisht
Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

Lots of informative displays, information counter, souvenir shop. We received good advice, maps, etc for our stay. Also an interesting film shows continually .

Thank James C
Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

The Valley Visitor Center contains good information on the geologic history of Yosemite. When combined with the Museum, I feel you have an excellent idea of how nature and humans transformed the area. Worth the time.

Thank Davigeta

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