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Old 08-01-2016, 12:36 PM   #1
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What is there to see at Yosemite ?

We will be in Flagstaff for a week and trying to decide to go north or go west to Yosemite. We never been there before. What is a must see there? Looking for some input.
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Old 08-01-2016, 12:59 PM   #2
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Yosemite is absolutely beautiful. The views from the valley floor and half dome are breathtaking. In August it may be packed! May is probably the best month, as the waterfalls will be running.

If you haven't been to Zion National Park, it is much closer to you and truly beautiful. Maybe a close second to Yosemite, the east side of Zion is a long drive, but well worth it (I don't know if trailer is allowed thru the tunnel) google it.
In both cases make sure you've got a reservation.
Not far from Zion is Bryce Canyon and also Grand Escalante.
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The valley floor. It's where Half Dome, El Capitain, waterfalls, etc are all viewed. There's several campgrounds located in the valley. Though chancy, you may luck out on a cancellation as there are hundreds of campsites.
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We went there for the first time last year, and I was drop-jawed amazed the whole time I was there. It is magnificent, truly beautiful. The sheer rock cliffs, views that seem to go on forever, beautiful rivers reflecting the sights and tall waterfalls (I don't know about this time of summer for the waterfalls). Around every corner are more stunning views. It's just not like anyplace I've seen before, and I can't wait to go back!
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The 395 is a nice drive and the run across Tioga Pass is worth the trip. As said above, the Valley is where the big visual attraction are found along with all the people looking. It's as people worn as any well visited NP, but worth the trip. Would not tow in, but rather find a place that is a good base camp outside a Western gate and visit from there.

As you cross the pass, you might stop along the way. There are some fantastic views. You might even like them best. There is even a rumor that trout are found if you move a bit West of 395 and in the lakes and streams accessible off Tioga. Note Tioga does close in the Winter so don't take too long with the fishing.

When you get to the Valley, a reservation at the Ahwahnee lodge for lunch is a fun thing to do. Have your "I'll find a parking place somewhere" hat on and come early.

There are well traveled trails to the falls, but don't be disturbed. It's kind of a tradition for lots of folks. Their parents took them and they take their kids.

Lake Tahoe is worth a look if you have time and check out Harah's Car Museum when you get to Reno. It's not as extensive a collection as when Bill was alive, but a bucket list item for car buffs. Note, Harrah was the one who transplanted a Ferrari engine into his Jeep Wagoneer to pump it up a bit.

Travel Safe. Pat
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The valley is essentially flat. To avoid the hassle of crowds we went in the Spring, camped outside the park, and brought our bicycles in each day on our pickup. The bicycles are near perfect transportation here, ride throughout the valley and enjoy the astonishing scenery and waterfalls. Yes, breakfast and lunch at Ahwahnee Lodge, we love big old Park Lodges and this is a good one.
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The valley is essentially flat. To avoid the hassle of crowds we went in the Spring, camped outside the park, and brought our bicycles in each day on our pickup. The bicycles are near perfect transportation here, ride throughout the valley and enjoy the astonishing scenery and waterfalls. Yes, breakfast and lunch at Ahwahnee Lodge, we love big old Park Lodges and this is a good one.


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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.
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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.
Yosemite is one of the most spectacular natural wonders on earth. Don't miss the big trees. You might also take in Sequoia Natl Park too. California's Gold Country is also interesting. Don't deprive yourself of a complete tour of one of this planets most diverse and entertaining places.
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Yosemite is the absolute masterpiece of the High Sierras. You won't be disappointed.

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Everyone said it for me! The most beautiful place I have ever been.
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I used to live an hour away from Yosemite and would frequently drive over for a picnic.

August is the most disappointing month to go as it is very crowded and not a lot of water in the falls or rivers.

I am guessing that it may be difficult to get a camp spot to accommodate the trailer but there are several of them outside the park that can if need be. Try inside first but you need to plan ahead about a year usually.

What to see:

Depends on how much you want to walk. If you can hike a semi-strenuous hike for 2 hours each way go up the mist trail to Vernal Falls. It is still beautiful in August. If you have 3 hours each way continue after that to Nevada Falls on the same trail.

If you can't hike like that, then there is a lot of beauty walking on the valley floor. And easy. You should drive up to glacier point and get a stunning view of the floor and can see the waterfalls too.

There are also I believe four giant sequoia groves in Yosemite. If you have never seen these trees my recommendation is to go! They are as big as a room and as tall as the sky. Until you have stood next to one of these giants you don't know what I'm talking about.

Good luck!!

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Having lived in Yosemite Valley for five years I would suggest all of the above. Breakfast at the Ahwahnee is far better than the lunch in my opinion. Walk up to Vernal Falls and to the base of Yosemite Falls. The Four Mile Trail is also nice and will take you up to Glacier Point.
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When in Flagstaff, absolutely, positively make sure you go to one of my favorite restaurants, the 1899 Bar & Grille. Food is great, service is great, and it's run by the students from NAU.

http://www.1899barandgrill.com
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-- snip -- I have an aversion to spending time in California -- snip --.
Gee, there are those "Welcome to California, now go home!" bumper stickers, but I've not seen one in years. It really is not such a bad place to visit. You miss a lot of great views when you don't visit the coast; the tranquility of the Avenue of the Giants is a visit we find engaging over and over again; Death valley is a unique experience; and everyone has to go to Disneyland at least once. Try it, you'll like it.

It's interesting that the strongest memory I have of Yosemite is from our first trip out, when we stayed at a cabin park that is no longer in business. The chicken dinner that night and the company of the other guests in a family style environment was significantly memorable.

Hope you enjoy your trip. Pat
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