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“Absolutely adored our Yosemite vacation”
Review of Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley
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Private Guided Hiking Tour in Yosemite
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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.
Reviewed May 25, 2013

We loved exploring Yosemite. The vistas were amazing. I would highly recommend the Valley Floor tour as an overview and going in the spring when the waterfalls can be seen. A couple of things to keep in mind- some of the attractions are far away (Bridal Veil, Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove) from the shuttle loop and must be accessed by car or tour so that should be taken into account when making plans and also, we were warned not to leave a morsel of food (including gum) or scented cosmetics in our car due to the hungry bears in the area. I wish we had known that before we left.

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Reviewed May 24, 2013

We traveled from San Diego to Yosemite Valley (overnight stop in Coarsegold) with a 10 year old and a 6 year old. We tent camped in Upper Pines campground. I don't know where to start. This had to be the best family vacation - far exceeding my expectations. We drove in from the south entrance and stopped to walk through the giant sequoias. There was no parking in the giant sequoia lot so we had to park at Wawona and take the shuttle and I'm so glad we did! Wawona is beautiful. The covered bridge and river were too perfect. The giant sequoias were giant - something that we will remember for a long time. Then we drove up to Glacier Point (the view is so worth the detour) and finally down into Yosemite Valley. While there (we camped for four nights) we did the hike up to Mirror Lake (wear mosquito repellent) the first day. Very easy hike, fun to follow the river and the lake itself is pretty - the lake is more like a meadow with a small body of water in it. Second day we did the Mist Trail to Vernal Falls. Very challenging - and you get wet! The kids powered through, they were excited about the river and the water fall. The third day we got about half way up to Upper Yosemite Falls. The view was amazing. Another fun thing to do while you are there is to river raft down the Merced River. Take you time, plan on stopping at the beaches along the way to get your money's worth. Also, we really enjoyed the visitor's center and the movie they run every thirty minutes, "The Spirit of Yosemite". The camground was exactly what you would expect from a car camping site. Very limited but they did have electricity in the bathrooms. And there were enough bathrooms - lots of garbage cans, food storage lockers (bear proof!), a picnic table, fire pit, and the sites themselves were a good size. I cannot wait to start planning our trip for next year!

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Reviewed May 23, 2013

Outstanding! That is the word I could find that best describes Yosemite Valley. The views, mountains, rivers, lakes and waterfalls, the camp grounds, giant pines, tunnels and hiking trails make for one beautiful destination. It has the best hiking trails for both the thrill and adrenaline lovers, while offering the casual walker also a chance to enjoy its beauty at lower elevations. The floor loop is the best for the walker or slow hiker.
Plenty to do this time of year, we saw many families with children riding on their bicycles, while others played by the lake; some were walking and others preparing to climb El Capitan. There are endless possibilities for outdoor activities within the valley

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Reviewed May 21, 2013

The Yosemite Valley shuttle bus system, which hits each stop every 10 minutes during the day, makes getting around the valley a breeze. So much beautiful scenery on the route, eating establishments, gift shops, museums, specialty stores, campgrounds, etc. are all accessible. We took a guided bus tour our first day at Yosemite and returned the second day to revisit what most interested us. Be sure you see the free movie at the Yosemite Visitors Center.

Thank barbararob
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

This review is aimed more at our Biker friends- we rode south to the park down CA49 to CA120. Took the Old Priest Cutoff to save 5 miles. All roads are in excellent condition and surrounded by great scenery. My Disabled Vet Access Pass got BOTH bikes into the park (unlike at Sequoia where Miss Snotty Ranger made me pay for my wife). 18 miles from the entrance to the Valley past photo ops every 25 feet. This is not the busy season so there was very light traffic and a little road work which was no problem. The cagers that were around us were distracted and not paying attention to the road at all and were very aggressive in the parking lots so be careful! I was told by a tourguide that the line of traffic is bumper to bumper 2 miles out of the gate trying to get in during July. We are not hikers but like to shop the junk stores and see a good museum...here, the museum and Visitor's Cente are ho-hum. The Grille behind the Store wants about 12 bucks for a burger. In fact, I watched one other guest bring his once-bitten burger back to the cashier and told her to throw it away! We did have coffee and one of their homemade Oatmeal Raisin cookies which was a little burned but did come with a full helping of heartburn! All in all, the riding in the area for a hundred miles around is fantastic with beautifully kept roads, gas stops, and little towns to rummage around in. Yosemite is well worth the trip, but expect to pay TOP dollar if you stay anywhere near the park. $550/night is possible IN the park and almost $200/night within 10 miles for a room you'd get elsewhere for 79 bucks.

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