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Address: Yosemite Village Loop, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Phone Number: +1 209-372-0200
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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 17, 2016
UpstateTraveller33
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Endwell, NY
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

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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.

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Union Territory of Pondicherry, India
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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!!!

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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 .

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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.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

We stopped here primarily to pick up junior ranger packs. Exhibits on the history, ecology and wildlife of the area were interesting and informative. Staff were helpful and friendly.

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Springfield, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

Very nice exhibits on the geological and historical development of Yosemite Valley. It only takes about 30 minutes to an hour to go through the exhibits, but gives a great background of how Yosemite developed. The exhibits also do a great job showing the history, ecology and biology of the park. There is also a good place out front to... More 

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Bogota, Colombia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

Restaurants, showers, mini-kids-shows, store...just a place to have some wifi...it's a great place to refill energy and have a good time with others...it's the only place in the valley you get free internet

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

We were there on a very busy day but the friendly staff were able to give helpful, unhurried advice. Ask about the free valley tours and how to get to the highlights. They are also able to book various tours. For a first time visitor make this your first stop ...you will get first rate advice.

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