As you can probably imagine, Yosemite National Park is brimming with things to do and places to explore. It has over 1,200 square miles of rocky outcrops and dipping valleys, and there’s no end to the adventures that lie within it. Grab those boots and get wandering; you’re in for something special.
BIKING AND HIKING
As with all natural environments, the weather and seasons may dictate how you spend your time in the national park. Between May and November, enjoy the finest hiking around with stunning landscapes and views that’ll take your breath away before you’ve even reached the summit. One of our favorite hikes in the area is to Glacier Point; set off with a map (or follow the trail of an expert guide) and take either a challenging or gentle route up this natural wonder. Whichever trail you choose, make sure you watch the sun sink behind the hills from the top. This really is quite a spectacular sight and not something you’ll be able to experience again in a hurry. Another great way to get around Yosemite Valley (particularly with kids) is by bike, as the many pathways allow you to cover a lot of ground in a shorter time.
For the brave amongst you, take a dip in one of the many lakes and natural pools. Brace yourself; they will be cold but utterly refreshing and the perfect way to cool off after a day in the bright Californian sun. Most bodies of water are safe to swim in but do check before dipping your toes in. The most popular area to swim in is Merced River, accessed from the sandy beaches to its sides. You may be a distance from the stereotypical balmy Californian beaches, but you’ll sure find fun and sun in these natural pools, as you splash amongst fish making their way languidly along the water. If you don’t fancy a swim, you can hire rafts in spring and summer to adventure along the scenic river.
Perhaps a given, but one we’ll point out anyway, Yosemite is bursting with wildlife. The hills, valleys and trees here play home to a cacophony of different creatures that are largely friendly to curious passers-by. All along the roads and pathways, between waterfalls, grand meadows, giant sequoias and the deep valleys, you’ll see all sorts of animal and birds. Be it a friendly Californian ground squirrel (often after your lunch), a busy Acorn Woodpeckers, a bobcat prowling the land, mule deer feasting on grass or a more alarming rattle snake disappearing in the distance. For those lucky enough, you may even spot one of the more elusive black bears native to the area; an incredibly rewarding sight, but take care not to upset of anger them as they go about daily life, especially if there are cubs in tow.
It would be rude to leave this area unexplored, so to maximize time why not hire guide and really get to grips with the outback of California. You’re going to be blown away by its beauty and diversity. And you may never want to leave.