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Old 08-02-2016, 01:38 PM   #15
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All the campgrounds leave a couple of walkup sites open. I've always had good luck getting a site by being at the checkin point very early in the morning. If you are coming from the west over Tioga pass there are good NFS campgrounds just outside the gate. Sawmill Lake is s good bet. School starts mid August here so things may thin out soon.
Tuolumne meadows is beautiful this time of year. Camping there and taking a day trip to the valley floor is a sound strategy. Hiking opportunities abound everywhere.
Tanaya Lake is a great place for a swim.



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Old 08-02-2016, 01:55 PM   #16
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I lived nearby for 20 years. Never got tired of visiting Yosemite. Make the drive up to Glacier Point. The views are fantastic. But leave the AS outside the park if you can find a spot nearby. Mid-week is the best time to visit. Fewer crowds.
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Old 08-02-2016, 01:57 PM   #17
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Most amazing place on planet. Leave AS behind and go for a drive to Tioga Pass. Incredible hiking if you like that, but bring hiking poles, you won't regret that!
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Old 08-02-2016, 02:06 PM   #18
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Having lived in Yosemite Valley for five years I would suggest all of the above. Breakfast at the Ahwahnee ...
They don't call it the Ahwahnee anymore. I think its called ACME Hotel, or Majestic Yosemite Hotel or something like that.
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Old 08-02-2016, 02:07 PM   #19
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As others have said take the tram tour to the sequoias trees and valley floor. On a full moon they have a moonlit tour, and serve hot chocolate at the tunnel view. A good time and place to ask someone for marriage. The old church on the valley floor is a beautiful place to get hitched. Make reservations for breakfast at the Ahwahnee hotel. Hike on the trails. There's a golf course at the Wawona hotel, a half hour from the valley floor. Take a drive to the Half Dome viewpoint where you can see the ledge where crazy people used to do handstands photos. Bicycle around the valley floor. Watch for the rock climbers flashlights on El Capitan after sunset Enjoy and relax...good luck on that. Watch Yosemite II HD on youtube to get you started. I'm not a wiz on computers, or I would have the youtube link here.
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Old 08-02-2016, 02:34 PM   #20
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They don't call it the Ahwahnee anymore. I think its called ACME Hotel, or Majestic Yosemite Hotel or something like that.
Why did they changed the Ahwahnee to Majestic? It's been Ahwahnee for almost 100yrs.
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Old 08-02-2016, 02:35 PM   #21
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The Valley is beautiful, lots to see , many available short hikes. However, the grand beauty is in the back country. If you have the legs and lungs, the John Muir Trail is an American Classic. The grand scale and diversity of landscape are breath taking. It can be quite social in the high Summer months, to fairly empty in the early Fall. Some days, we never encountered anyone. It is the hike of a lifetime.

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Old 08-02-2016, 02:57 PM   #22
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Yosemite is the jewel of the NPS. Its a must see IMHO.
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Why did they changed the Ahwahnee to Majestic? It's been Ahwahnee for almost 100yrs.
From a Google Search, "The Ahwahnee Hotel is now called the Majestic Yosemite Lodge. Yosemite Lodge at the Falls is Yosemite Valley Lodge. Curry Village is Half Dome Village. Badger Pass Ski Area is Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. And the Wawona Hotel is Big Trees Lodge."

Sounds like a push to grow Yosemite and associated attractions as a brand.
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The name changes are a copyright issue. The park service changed vendors. The prior vendor owns the copyright to the names of landmarks in the park and refused to relinquish that right. So the Park service was forced to change the names of said landmarks. Just the world we live in.

So don't say the word "Awahnee", if you do you're a law breaker.
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The name changes are a copyright issue. The park service changed vendors. The prior vendor owns the copyright to the names of landmarks in the park and refused to relinquish that right. So the Park service was forced to change the names of said landmarks. Just the world we live in.

So don't say the word "Awahnee", if you do you're a law breaker.
According to the newest food reviews, the new vender is disappointing a lot of people. Maybe the park service should go back to the old vender for namesake and better service. Thanks for the prompt responses PKI and kscherzi.
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Thank you all.

Exactly what I was looking for. We have done all of the others the past few years, Zion, Bryce etc. This time I thought we should venture further west were we never been with the trailer. I have an aversion to spending time in California but I will set it aside and visit Yosemit it sounds interesting.

Coming from the east towing a 30' Airstream over Tioga Pass with a Ford F-150 might be an adventure.
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Jonathan and Stefanie who are doing the National Park Road Trip (59 parks in 52 weeks in an Airstream) just finished Yosemite and did a nice write up for the website.

WWW.thegreatestroadtrip.com
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Please don't be afraid of my home state. It is so vast & varied it can be almost anything you want it to be.
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