72 Hours in Yosemite National Park
The Yosemite National Park is high up on any list of adventure destinations. If you are planning a trip to California, make sure you make time for the wonderful wilderness that is Yosemite. The Gray Line San Francisco team travel there regularly on our tours. The reaction of our Yosemite first timers is always awe – pure and simple. Here’s our insight into some of the most breath-taking things to see in Yosemite:
- 1. See the highest waterfall in North America
Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in North America, and the sixth in the world. It stands at 2,424 feet and sits in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. It’s a testament to the power of nature – particularly when the springtime snow melt thunders through the park.
- 2. The Half Dome
The Half Dome is one of Yosemite’s most recognisable granite mountains, which stands at 4,737 feet. On one side there’s a sheer face, and the other sides are smooth and round – which is why it’s called the Half Dome. It’s instantly recognisable and at that height is easy to spot from many parts of the park.
- 3. El Capitan
El Capitan is a sheer granite rock face that’s the ultimate challenge for climbers. It stands at 3,000 feet high and if you’re not an adventurous climber, it’s exhilarating just to look at, and watch the light fall across the formation.
- 4. Glacier Point
Glacier point is a totally mind-blowing viewpoint. It sits at the south end of the Yosemite Valley at 7, 214 feet – so you have a perfect position to see the Half Dome and the Yosemite Falls. You can get to it before and after snowfall – from May through to October.
- 5. The Giant Sequoias
The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias has about 500 Sequoias in the south of the park. These are a huge favourite, particularly when you consider they may be one of the largest living ‘things’ on the planet and they are close to around 3,000 years old. The Grove has been closed for a while – as you can imagine, the trees are very precious and the area always needs protected. It’s due to reopen in Spring 2017. Look out for the Grizzly Giant and the Bachelor and the Three Graces. Bring your camera!
Visit Yosemite with Gray Line San Francisco.
As we mentioned at the start of the blog, we regularly visit Yosemite National Park. We’re pretty lucky in the jobs we have, huh? We’d love to take you there and if you are planning to visit California or visit San Francisco any time soon, then check out the Gray Line San Francisco website at graylineofsanfrancisco.com for more information. Our popular Yosemite tour takes visitors from San Francisco to spend a day in the Yosemite National Park. We’ll take you there, tour the park and let you have your own time there to soak up the beauty.
If you want to find out what others thought about our tours, then check out our TripAdvisor page. You’ll find reviews there like this one from Joan O who visited with us last August, 2016: “[Our guide] gave us both information and quiet time to soak in the beauty of the area. He gave spot on recommendations on how to experience the park in the time allotted. He made us feel like we were his family on an outing.”
We’d love to welcome you to this most beautiful part of the USA.