You should know by my previous posts that I am addicted to visiting national parks! During a recent vacation to Northern California we were able to visit Yosemite National Park plus Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. This blog post will cover out visit to Yosemite.
|As we got out of the car (keep in mind it was late so it was dark - unlike this picture) we heard exterior music that reminded me so much of a horror movie! It all turned out okay (we lived to see another day) but it was still creepy!|
|There is another hotel next door that shares the same office, has a pool, and many rooms. |
We stayed in the the hotel that is in the bottom of this picture - room 601.
|The vacant gas station next to our hotel. |
Seriously, have you ever seen the movie Vacancy?
I barely slept that night!
And this is the BEAUTIFUL place that you can stay at in the park! Of course you have to make your reservations a year in advance and it is much more expensive than the hotel we stayed at...
|The Ahwahnee Hotel|
|Map of the park. We were just doing a quick visit so I focused on the loop/Yosemite Valley that includes the main area of the park.|
|A closer look at the loop/Yosemite Valley.|
|I thought it was very interesting when I discovered that the main portion of Yosemite is one big loop. You drive in one way, visit the village, and then drive out the other way.|
There are MANY amazing views!!! I highly recommend stopping at every turnout to take a look around. I was amazed at how each one had a great view to offer! And they all seemed to be so very different from the others!
The village: You do have to park and walk. The walk isn't bad (10 minute hike) and they have a great path to follow (mostly paved). They do offer a shuttle for those that have a hard time getting around. We saw many people riding bikes too.
|A portion of the path.|
There are museums in the village.
|This museum is connected to the parks visitors center.|
|This is a section of a Native American Village you can explore.|
|The 2nd museum in the village we visited.|
|The back side of this museum has a larger sample of what a Native American village would have looked like . |
There are paths around this but you can not explore inside.
|A museum in honor of my favorite landscape photographer!|
More AMAZING views on the way out of the park!!!
|From our stop at the "Tunnel View" parking area on the way out of the park.|
Our quick visit didn't leave time for hiking but here are some hikes that I thought were worth sharing.