The epicenter of Yosemite National Park is Yosemite Valley and is among the most beautiful sites in the U.S. and you’ll want to make sure to experience all it has to offer if you are planning to take a trip. Here are the things you must do when exploring Yosemite with your family.
Yosemite is a photographers dream vacation with its majestic mountains, water features, and valleys, so don’t forget your selfie stick while driving or hiking the park. The most famous of the views is known as the tunnel view and is the point where most visitors will enter the park. Other features to look out for are happy isles, Yosemite Falls and other falls, the giant granite monolith known as El Capitan, and the recognizable Half Done monument. While you can see the majority of the beautiful landscapes from the car window you will want to plan to hike to truly appreciate the beauty and breathe that crisp California air. You can also opt for some of the parks guided tours or my personal favorite way to see the park is on horseback.
Yosemite Museum will teach you and your family about the native Yosemite Indians that includes demonstrations and a village. There are several other smaller museums within the park to visit as well, but the Yosemite Museum is the largest and most interactive. Also, don’t forget about the Junior Ranger program that is offered in our national parks. There are also classes you can take in the park such as photography and art. There are also classes you can take in the park such as photography and art.
Yosemite offers multiple opportunities to in swim in its lakes and natural swimming holes, all while enjoying spectacular views. Rafting is also an amazing way to see the Yosemite. Rafts can be rented in the seasonally that provides breathtaking views of the Yosemite Valley, for the more adventurous you can white water raft. Another fun fast time is fishing so don’t forget to pack your gear!
Winter opens up a whole slew of other activities to enjoy. Skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating and more are all part of the winter fun in Yosemite.
Have you been to Yosemite National Park? We’d love to hear from you on any helpful tips to help other families enjoy the park.