Yosemite's dramatic landscape has long inspired emotional or spiritual responses in people and the best romantic things to do in Yosemite are numerous and diverse. The scale and timelessness of the natural world here can swallow up one's own life - sharing this place with a special someone gives you an anchor for taking it all in, and provides an enduring touchstone for a relationship.
Yosemite weddings number in the hundreds each year and honeymoons in the thousands. The park's beauty has played a role in the love lives of millions of people over the years; plan to be touched here.
Dining at the grand Ahwahnee is a key part of Yosemite romance, as is a hand-in-hand stroll on a meadow trail or to the base of Yosemite Falls. Watch the sunset from the solitary top of Sentinel or North Domes, or get up early for springtime birdsong and sunrise over the Valley's ramparts. Lay on your back (with a warm blanket!) in Tuolumne Meadows to watch the summer stars glide over the glaciated peaks the way they have for millions of years.
Even solo romantics find rich material for the heart or soul here. Yosemite's wild beauty inspired John Muir's powerful philosophy of environmental stewardship. Ansel Adams and other artists were called to this holy ground and have lifted many of us with their expressive works. A mountain lake makes a fine location for meditating on one's sense of place on earth.
A grand tradition of rustic elegance... read more
Mariposa Grove Road
Park at the Wawona Store parking area and walk east 0.25 miles to Forest Dr. The trail head is on the right
An easy half-hour loop to the base of a park icon...
40489 Highway 41
(east of Yosemite Village)
A Christmas feast at the Ahwahnee... read more
A shop and gallery featuring Ansel's photography and much more... read more
P.O. Box 577
This site is open for tents, campers and RVs with half of the 314 sites available on a first come, first served basis... read more
P.O. Box 577
The trail head is at a parking lot north of CA 120 in Tuolumne Meadows at rd. marker T-32. Follow the nature trail that starts here and take off at marker no. 2
Popular climb that leads to a spectacular view...
The historic chapel across from Yosemite Falls...