So many people were telling me that a long weekend is a very short amount of time for Yosemite Trip but I really wanted to arrange a trip to Yosemite National Park. I had been to California three times without going to Yosemite National Park so I really wanted to cover it this time. And I am so glad that I went to this trip and I can easily assure you that if you are not planning on going to any strenuous hike like hiking to Hike Dome , three days is good enough for going to Yosemite. So, if you are going to Yosemite National Park on a long weekend and want to know how to make the most out of it, so just keep on reading.
Getting to Yosemite National Park
If you are going to Yosemite, your flight will most likely be till San Fransisco or San Jose, Try to reach San Fransisco super early as even though it is four hour drive to Yosemite, San Fransisco traffic is bad thus it can easily take you almost 5-6 hours just to reach the park. If you are staying in the park itself, then it is wise to do some grocery shopping in the route itself as it will be really difficult to buy essential grocery stuff if you are buying it from the valley
Once you are in the valley, you should park your car at designated shuttle spot and take shuttle from there as traffic will be bad during the long weekend and shuttles have their own lanes in the valley.
Tunnel Point is the most photographed place of Yosemite National Park. You can view El Capitan, Half Dome, Falls. There is a big parking area near Tunnel Point and thus it is a really accessible place.
Lower and Upper Yosemite Falls
Yosemite Falls is the most beautiful attraction of the park. Its view is amazing. Lower Yosemite falls is just a 1 mile hike and can be easily done by even small kids. Upper Yosemite Falls is a strenuous hike and we skipped it as we were on a tight schedule and could not give 4-5 hours to a single hike.
The view from this place is one of the most beautiful views I have ever seen in my life. From this point, you can see Half Dome, Bridalveil Falls, Vernal Falls, Yosemite Falls etc etc. There is also one small 2 mile hike from this place called Sentinel Dome Hike. https://www.yosemitehikes.com/glacier-point-road/sentinel-dome/sentinel-dome.htm
El Capitan Picnic Area:
This is a beautiful picnic area right across El Capitan and it is beautiful with tables, BBQ available. It is a great place to spend a sunny afternoon with your family.
Ansel Adams Gallery
AnAnsel Easton Adams was a landscape photographer and environmentalist known for his black-and-white images of the American West. He clicked a lot of amazing clicks of Yosemite National Park during his lifetime. And this gallery is an amazing tribute to his work.
The Ansel Adams Gallery is open seven days per week, from 9AM to 5PM, Pacific Time, with extended hours in the summer. NOTE: Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve hours are 10am-3pm and we are closed Christmas Day.
It is located in the heart of Yosemite Valley, between the Visitor Center and Post Office, with incredible views of Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, and Glacier Point.