We visited the beautiful Yosemite in during late October which was late fall and not so cold, the streams had less water and the waterfalls too. It was beautiful and green though. We entered through the northern entrance where we crossed the beautiful magnanimous El Captain. El Capitan is a vertical rock formation in Yosemite National Park, located on the north side of Yosemite Valley, near its western end.
Yosemite was designated as the third national park of the US in 1890 . It lies in the heart of California, in the Sierra Nevada mountains. It has the hanging valleys, moraines, cirque lakes and polished gigantic granite domes. The moment you arrive at Yosemite, you’ll begin to experience what others have cherished for more than 10,000 years—when American Indians first put down roots in Yosemite Valley. Surrounded by natural beauty, seemingly endless wilderness, sheer cliffs and remarkable tranquility, a spirit of discovery will well up inside you. Every season at Yosemite comes with its own spell bounding beauty, Beautiful color of the falls season, snow laden landscapes in winter, lush green spring and beautiful wild flowers in the summer.
More than 4 million people visit Yosemite each year—hikers, climbers, campers, bikers, photographers and nature lovers of all kinds—charmed by the park’s awe-inspiring beauty and eager to experience one of America’s greatest natural splendors. Yosemite is known as rock climbers and hikers paradise with a score of tall magnanimous rocks and mountains.
Activities: Lucky for you the best things in Yosemite (as in life) as free. Yosemite has some or the other activity for everyone like backpaking, biking, camping, cross-country skiing, dining, fishing, golfing, hiking, horseback and mule riding, ice skating, photography, swimming, rafting, rock climbing and shopping. Plan for full day hikes to see some of Yosemite’s world class waterfalls up and close. Find your favorite Instagrammable views at Glacier Point, Tunnel View, or Vernal Fall. Entrance to Yosemite is $30 in high season (April-October), and $25 in the low season. That is for one vehicle for seven days. Let’s review that again. All the friends you can fit in your vanagon can experience breath-taking scenery in a UNESCO World Heritage Site for seven days for less than it costs to buy those same five friends each a burrito at Chipotle. Bargain!There are free shuttle buses that run the valley floor daily, meaning you can hop on and hop off as much as you want with spending a dime. If it fits with your budget, you can also take the Yosemite Valley Floor tour or even better – rent bikes! In the high season this option cuts down on congestion in the park and saves you time sitting in traffic. If you do have the budget and want to experience some high-action thrills then check out the Yosemite Zipline and Adventure Park or spend a day whitewater rafting the Class IV rapids on the wild and scenic Merced River.
Accommodation and Lodging: For other inexpensive lodging options, seek out places to stay in the nearby gateway town of Mariposa. This historic Gold Rush town offers more lodging and dining options than staying in the park, as well as world-class museums. If you are traveling in a group, staying at a vacation rental or private cabin can also be a fantastic way to cook for yourself, have a private cabin and have an authentic experience at an excellent value!
If roughing it is more your style, campsites that require a six month wait to get into in summer can be easily booked for the off-season and walk-in sites are a better option as well. Just be prepared for chillier nights, especially in starting in November or early December when the first snow falls.
If you are planning your trip for summer, then backpacking in the wilderness is a great option for staying in a “million star hotel” out in the wilderness. It does take planning and some backpacking experience is recommended but for the cost of an inexpensive backpackers permit you can explore some of the most beautiful areas of the park. Or you can have a “glamping” experience at the High Sierra Camps. While not exactly cheap, you can have an incredible outdoor experience that is a good intro into backpacking at the cost of your average hotel room (typically open late June-September).
If you don’t have any equipment? You can rent almost everything you need at the Yosemite Mountaineering School.