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“Follow the Merced”
Review of Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley
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Natural Wonders of Yosemite Tour from San Francisco
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Many climbers consider Yosemite Valley among the world's very best climbing sites.
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“Follow the Merced”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

There is a story about the tourist who walked into the Visitor Center in the village and asked a ranger what he should see as he had only an hour to spend in the park. Incredulous, the ranger managed to answer, "Only an hour? Go sit by the river and cry." So if you are the kind of traveler who dips in and out of world-class spots and you find yourself in Yosemite, then walk the Merced River and rejoice in the glory of the park.

Visited April 2012
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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“God's Garden”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

This is a stunning part of the planet - full of natural beauty. We drove over from Merced, it's a cool drive - as you get closer to the park you see and feel the landscape change. It's quite awe-inspiring. The park itself is incredibly majestic... take a camera for sure!

Visited March 2012
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San Francisco, California
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“My Favorite Place in America”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

If you haven't been to Yosemite National Park, you are just crazy.
A lazy river flowing through a large grassy meadow where you can commonly see deer and bears.
The 6th largest waterfall in the world falls down one side and another waterfall almost as grand mirrors it across the valley.
Mountain climbers are scaling the 4000ft sheer granite walls, and hundreds of hikers per day hike up to the top of Half Dome.
This place of beauty knows no rival in the USA.

Visited February 2012
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Miami Beach, Florida
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“Hard to know where to begin”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

Even after travels around the world, the Valley remains one of my favorite places. The scenery is stunningly beautiful, the many hikes reveal wonders upon wonders and there are enough facilities to take care of a large amount of people (which is good as there is always a large amount of people!). I recommend visiting in the fall, winter or spring to avoid the crowds. Winter is especially beautiful when snow carpets the valley floor and the light illuminates the granite faces in a way that is indescribably beautiful.

Visited December 2012
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Canton, Georgia
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“Great place for everyone”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

Tremendous views and probably one of the best places in the country to take pictures. Buses take you everywhere.

Happy Isles, Yosemite Falls, Curry Village and the foot of El Capitan are my favorite. We ate at the Awannee and it was very good. You will need to dress up a little in the evening but not for breakfast. It was fantastic.

Visited May 2012
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