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“National treasure”
Review of Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley
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$229.00*
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Yosemite and Glacier Point with Ahwahnee Lunch
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$345.00*
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Yosemite and Glacier Point Tour from Los Angeles by Train
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$372.56*
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Private Yosemite National Park Day Trip 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.
Reviewed August 23, 2013

I took my family to California and Yosemite National Park was the main reason for the trip. If you have not been to Yosemite you have missed one of the most beautiful and inspiring places on earth. It is not the dry season and most of the falls were not running or running slowly but will pick up in the falls. By all means park your car and wander out on some of the trails along the Merced river to see Half Dome, El Capitan, the three brothers, sentinel rock and cathedral from the valley floor and you will have a religious experience. Take the road to Glacier Point to get the best view of Half Dome and go to the mariposa grove to see the giant redwood especially Old Grizzly.

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Reviewed August 21, 2013

all the major landmarks are very accessible around the valley floor with short walks to get closer to the landmark,there are many beautiful trails and vistas that you can see directly from the loop drive

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Reviewed August 21, 2013

Plan well. It's a long drive in and a long drive through. It's isolated and nearby motels seem difficult to arrange for. An August Saturday was not horrendous for crowds or traffic, but it was a long day and not having a nearby motel meant leaving earlier than we would have liked. It would have been nice to spend more than a day but distance and accommodations not well planned for made it impossible for this visit.
The scenery and sites are awesome and breathtaking. All employees were remarkably polite and helpful. Food choices were not so great and expensive. We wished we had more time and are delighted to have visited.
**bonus - US Parks Pass for Seniors allowed 3 people in for free. The attendant called it "the best pass in the world!" Another attendant waved and warmly wished those leaving the park a safe trip...a nice touch.

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Reviewed August 21, 2013

This is the PERFECT family trip!! I went with my husband, brother and parents, and there was something for everyone to do. We hiked half dome while my parent did an affordable bus tour. Just plan ahead so you are there for the season that includes what you like the best!! Also, really research the places you stay first so you get what you are looking for. We loved Housekeeping camp although the showers & bathrooms are my biggest complaint.

Thank Chicavm
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Reviewed August 20, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I hit Yosemite Valley around 10 in the morning after driving down the Tioga Road. We headed straight to The Lodge at Yosemite Falls to rent bikes. This is truly the best way to see the valley! You can avoid some of the crowds (of which there are many thanks to an endless stream of tour buses) while seeing the valley at whatever pace you want. We made a loop of the valley before heading back and grabbing some swimwear to take a dip in one of the swimming holes to cool off. Then we pedaled around for a little while longer before deciding to return the bikes as it was 3pm and the heat was pretty tiring (96F). The valley is an amazing place and it's easy to see why it's so crowded in the summer. It's a must see but try doing it by bike instead of driving around in your car. It's the best $63 you'll spend!

Thank Wadie1979
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