As you may have seen last week, I was recently in Yosemite National Park with my parents. I have been to one other National Park (NPS) before and the biggest thing I find is they are huge. NPS stretch for miles and miles and nature glows in the morning sun. When night time hits, it is close to pitch black and you feel isolation (the peaceful kind).
I went in October and it was perfect weather, not too hot and not too cold. Each place we saw, we thought was worth it. I put up a list of 5 must-see because these places are far apart. You have to prioritize if you are short on time.
1. Glacier Point
Great view point of Half-Dome and nice amenities to this area. Good areas to just sit and eat and relax.
2. Tunnel View Point
Go here during golden hour to get purple mountains and the most lushes greens. Great photo opportunity.
3. Mariposa Grove
These trees grow in clusters and isn’t easily accessible just anywhere. Giant, red trees to make you feel the might of nature, as well as nature’s natural shelters.
4. Tenaya Lake
Found serepidtously along Tioga Road, you can’t miss the glistening waters with the mountains as a backdrop. This is another great photo opportunity.
5. Olmsted Point
A stop along the wrong with white rocks that you can climb. Feel like you’re on top of the world when taking photos.
These are the 5 places I suggest you go first. We did go to a few other places, such as Happy Isles, Lower Falls and Mirror Lake, but they were a bit lackluster for me.
However, do whatever makes a great vacation for you. Enjoy being outside, getting fresh air.