Yosemite travel. One of my favorite places in the world to travel too. With so much to do in Yosemite and the surrounding area, the idea of planning can be a daunting task. Don’t let it be and enjoy what you can while you can. If you need help planning a trip or just getting a better lay of the land, keep reading and drop a comment for some advice.
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Where is Yosemite?
Yosemite is located about 4 hours from San Francisco. It’s located in the Sierra Nevada mountain region and provides some of the most spectacular natural scenery known to man.
Getting to Yos
Getting to Yosemite is pretty easy and doesn’t require much effort or death defying routes. There are a few different routes to enter the park and all of them have their advantages and disadvantages. Having a car is obviously the easiest way but you can also:
- Train + Bus combo – Amtrak Bus Route
- Fly to Lee Vining (private plane) – Tioga Pass entrance is roughly 15 minutes away
- Fly to Mammoth Airport (about 30 minutes away)
- Or any other type of adventure route that suits your needs.
What to do at Yos
Yosemite is big. I mean HUGE. Planning a trip is crucial as you don’t want to waste precious time trying to figure out where to go and what to do once you’re there. With it’s great size, comes it different sections.
The Valley – The Valley is the typical first stop for any new visitor to the park. It is home to most of the famous landmarks and photos you constantly see inundating your social media feeds. The valley is a must but just remember that there is a lot more to the park than just here
Tioga Pass – The Tioga Pass or Highway 120 is my favorite part of Yos. This road that cuts directly through the park, and gives visitors a break from the madness (crowds) of the valley. The pass is open seasonally as snow wipes it out for the winter. Plan accordingly and check weather updates to know when it will be open/closed.
West Yos – The Western Yosemite entrance has numerous and lightly visited options that visitors regularly cruise by. Hetch Hetchy is one of those spots to not miss and Groveland is a solid spot for a bite/base camp for a night.
What to Expect
Like anywhere else, expectations for a new place are always unexpected. When venturing to Yosemite there a list of things to keep in mind:
Crowds – it will be busy
Traffic – the valley will most likely have some traffic
Cell Service – Cell Service is limited especially on the pass. Surprisingly I’ve had pretty great connection with Verizon in the valley
Where am I staying?
This one is really weather and season dependent. When i venture to Yos I almost always camp just outside the park for FREE. In the Lee Vining area, there are some excellent free campsites that you should take advantage of. Another goregous and lightly populated area for FREE camping is the Hetch Hetchy and Groveland areas.
For the Yosemite area and areas worldwide, follow this here for free camping and other camping info.
Yosemite travel and the sierras is amazing. You need to go! If you have any other questions with yosemite travel, please reach out so I can try and help make your trip as memorable as possible.