Yosemite never disappoints. Ever. It is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been, if not the most. The Yosemite Valley became a National Park in 1890 and is home to some pretty incredible structures including Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and El Capitan to name a few.
Since moving to the Bay Area, we’re only a short 4 hour drive from the valley which we’ve absolutely loved. If you ask us what’s our top thing we’ll miss about the Bay Area, it’s the proximity to the mountains. From San Diego, it’s easily a 8-9 hour drive. Ugh.
The first time I witnessed this breathtaking valley was in high school when Jacob and 6 of our good friends embarked on a 3 day backpacking trip in the back country where I climbed Half Dome for the very first time. Insane. To this day, climbing Half Dome is top 3 most amazing things I’ve ever done and seen.
Since that trip, we’ve gone back to Yosemite countless times. My most memorable trip was a 4 day back country trip with our best friends. We climbed Half Dome, peaked Cloud’s Rest at 10,000 ft, and witnessed our 2 best friends get engaged on top of a mountain.
Yosemite is a dream.
If you’re planning your next trip to Yosemite, know that it’s extremely difficult to get a camping permit. They book out for the entire summer months in advance so always look for cancellations because they happen frequently.
If you’re looking for a more ‘glamping’ type of experience I would recommend renting a heated tent cabin in Curry Village. These tent cabins are small but have 3 beds inside – 2 twins and 1 queen. There is a communal bathroom with showers. These tent cabins are great for the colder months since camping in a tent (or in a hammock how we usual go) can be pretty miserable when you’re either sleeping on a pile of snow or wake up buried in it.
There are so many amazing things to do in Yosemite so here’s just a small list of my favorite things:
- Climb Half Dome
- Hike Mist Trail to Vernal Falls
- Ride bikes around the valley
- Float down the Merced River
- Sip coffee in a rocking chair at sunrise in Curry Village
- Walk to Lower Yosemite Falls
- Drive up Glacier Point
- Walk in the meadow
- Sit by the fire drinking hot coco in the Ahwahnee Hotel
- Hike Snow Creek Trail (WARNING: 111 switch backs)
My favorite season to go to Yosemite is summer since there is so much you can do, plus the warm weather is always a plus. I also adore Yosemite in the winter. Winter is definitely low season in the valley so you get a lot of attractions to yourself. There’s something about the peaceful serenity of winter time in the mountains.
Whatever you do in Yosemite, you won’t be disappointed because you’re constantly surrounded by such beauty.