Best useful tips for visiting Yosemite National Park


Yosemite National Park in California

One of the most popular visits in a trip to the west coast of the United States is the Yosemite National Park, in California.

In this park you will find lush forests, where you will have the opportunity to see the gigantic redwoods that can be seen in various areas of California.

In this regard I remind you that you also find these impressive trees in theSequoia National Park.

El Capitan in Yosemite National Park in California

Also in Yosemite the great granite rocky mountains are also protagonists, the most famous being the so-called Captain.

And if you decide visit Yosemite in spring, you can enjoy abundant waterfalls, yes, which in summer significantly reduce its volume of water until almost disappearing.

Below I detail different helpful tips to consider for visit Yosemite National Park:

All information in detail

  • How to get to Yosemite
  • Best time to visit Yosemite
  • What to see and do in Yosemite

How to get to Yosemite

Yosemite is located east of San Francisco, to the interior of California.

Waterfalls in Yosemite National Park in California

In you car trip through California the usual thing would be to access from said city by route 49, but if you come from Los Angeles, you should go to ash tree, then take route 41 that will take you to the park.

Another option when plan the route to visit the Yosemite National Park is to consider it an intermediate stage in the trip between San Francisco and Las Vegas.

This option can take you to cross the national park along the route called Tioga Road, then take Route 345 that takes you to the National Park ofdeath Valley (Death valley), already on the way to Nevada.

This route by Tioga Road It is only viable in spring and summer because during winter the high mountain road will be closed by snow.

Best time to visit Yosemite

Precisely when planning yourYosemite visitIt is important that you consider the time of year.

Yosemite National Park in California

You have to keep in mind that much of it does not have access to some of the most interesting areas because of the road closure due to weather conditions.

Specifically, the aforementioned mountain road of Tioga Road or the area of Butterfly Road, also located in height and where the redwoods are found.

What to see and do in Yosemite

Yosemite National Park has several areas that are susceptible to your visit.

Yosemite Valley

The central area of Yosemite National Park is called Yosemite Valley, whose access is located west of the park.

El Capitan in Yosemite National Park in California


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After entering the park on Route 49, you will find a viewpoint from which you will enjoy the first panoramic views of Yosemite Valley.


From this first viewpoint, in the distance you will already distinguish the rocky promontory known as Captain.

On your route to the center of the valley, where the Visitors Center, you will have the opportunity to pass by Captain and check the majesty of the 914 meters high of the rock.

Yosemite National Park in California

Yosemite waterfalls

From the Visitors Center, in spring it is worth taking a path and approaching the Yosemite waterfalls, which in three different waterfalls complete a height of 740 meters.

Do not be surprised if you travel in August or in subsequent months that these waterfalls find them already dry.

Mirror Lake in Yosemite

From the Visitors Center You can also approach the place known as Mirror lake.

Yosemite National Park in California

It is a small lake that is the best place to contemplate the Half dome, the other rocky promontory icon of Yosemite, which rises 1,500 meters based on the Yosemite Valley.

Tunnel View viewpoint

When you leave the Yosemite Valley and head south on Route 41, Fresno Road, just at the exit of the valley is the lookout Tunnel View.

It is possibly from this enclave where you have the bestpanoramic views of Yosemite Valley.

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Glacier point

Shortly after leaving the valley, you can take the road that turns to the left to ascend to the so-called Glacier point.

Giant sequoia in Mariposa Grove in Yosemite in California

From this enclave you will have beautiful panoramic views of the Yosemite Valley, including those citedRocky Mountains Captain and the Half dome.

And from there you can also see the waterfall Nevadto, whose most spectacular moment occurs in the month of May.

Redwoods in Mariposa Grove

Before arriving at the South exit of Yosemite National Park, do not stop approaching the place called Grove butterfly.

Climbing this enclave will take you to a large and lush forest where you will see the spectacular giant sequoia treesWithout a doubt, one of the main attractions of visiting Yosemite National Park.

Giant sequoia in Mariposa Grove in Yosemite in California

Tioga Road Route

In the northern part of Yosemite Valley is the road that crosses the entire national park high in the mountains.

Is about Tioga Road, route that, crossing the great meadow of Tuolumne Meadows, leads you through the mountains to the so-called Tioga Road Pass, whose highest areas reach 4,000 meters high.

This route is only accessible from spring to autumn.

Yosemite ticket prices

He Ticket price to visit Yosemite (2019) is $ 35, and it includes access to a car with all its occupants, as many times as you want for seven consecutive days.

Squirrel in Yosemite National Park in California

If you go by motorcycle, the price is $ 30 per vehicle with its occupants, and if you go by bicycle ... or on foot, the ticket price is $ 20 per person.

Now, if in your trip along the west coast of the United States you are going to visit several national parks, you can consider the option of acquiring the Annual Pass.

It is a tourist pass with annual validity that for $ 80 for a vehicle and four passengers, which allows you to access the vast majority of the mentioned parks.

Tour from San Francisco to Yosemite

If instead of driving on your own you prefer to sign up for an organized excursion to see this national park, you have the option of tour from San Francisco to Yosemite.

This 14-hour excursion will allow you to be 5-6 hours in the national park, where in a single day you will know its most prominent corners.

The tour is carried out with a guide in English, with the help of an audio guide in Spanish.

Yosemite National Park in California

Distances to Yosemite National Park

It will be useful to know the distances by car from Yosemite National Park to prominent places of the West Coast of the United States:

Distance from San Francisco to Yosemite: 304 kilometers, three and a half hours

Distance from Los Angeles to Yosemite: 497 kilometers, five hours

Distance from Las Vegas to Yosemite: 793 kilometers, eight hours

Distance from Death Valley to Yosemite: 468 kilometers, six and a half hours

More information about Yosemite National Park

Official website of Yosemite National Park

El Capitan rocky mountain in Yosemite National Park

Giant sequoia trees in Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park

Tuolumne Meadows and Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park

Road closure times due to inclement weather in Yosemite

Spanish tour from San Francisco to Yosemite in one day