Yosemite National Park Attractions

About four million people a year come from all around the world each of them finds their own best things to do in Yosemite's vast landscape of stunning beauty. This wilderness park has something for everyone and it's hard to choose just ten top items, partly because there are such diverse options. Adventurers can push the envelope of extremes with rock climbing, trail runs, or back-country skiing.

The hike up to the top of Half Dome has to be on this list because it's such a unique, challenging and powerful experience. Anyone who is a strong walker with an experienced sense of adventure should be able to make a summit attempt.

The more sedate of us discover abundant pleasures at a mellower pace. Sit by the river, go on a ranger walk, do some sketching, take an easy day hike to a waterfall or get together supplies for s'mores by the campfire. Any one of the park visitor centers makes a valuable first stop to get oriented to some of the best things to do in Yosemite. The base of Lower Yosemite Falls is both accessible and awesome (especially in spring); it's only a short way from the visitor center in Yosemite Valley. The giant sequoias cannot be missed; they're one reason the park was established way back during the Lincoln administration. For a fancy treat, take a meal at the legendary Ahwahnee dining room and soak in the rustic luxury. If you're coming to Yosemite, that right there is one of the best things to do in California.

Yosemite Valley Visitor Center

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P.O. Box 577

Yosemite exhibits, a bookstore, a park film and rangers to answer questions...
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Half Dome Trail

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East end of Happy Isle Loop Road
(Yosemite Valley)

The best hiking adventure for the very fit...
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Mariposa Grove

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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

Largest living things on earth...
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Ansel Adams Gallery

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POB 455
(Yosemite Valley)

A shop and gallery featuring Ansel's photography and much more...
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Bridalveil Falls Day Hike

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Wawona Road & Southside Drive
(Hwy 41)

A couple hundred yards from parking; 600' of vertical splash...
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Tunnel View

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Wawona Road
(Highway 41)

THE classic Yosemite view...
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The Mist Trail

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East end of Happy Isle Loop Road
(Yosemite Valley)

3-5 miles round-trip, steep ascent, huge waterfall!...
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Lower Yosemite Falls Day Hike

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Northside Drive
(Yosemite Valley)

An easy half-hour loop to the base of a park icon...
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Yosemite Theater

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Visitor Center
(Yosemite Village)

Part of a perfect Yosemite evening...
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Dining at the Ahwahnee

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Northside Drive

A grand tradition of rustic elegance...
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Frazil Ice

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Northside Drive

If you're lucky enough to see it, frazil ice is an amazing natural phenomenon...
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Yosemite Facelift

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A major citizen volunteer effort...
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Ranger Programs

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POB 577

A great American tradition of learning on the trail...
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Exploring Yosemite Natural History

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PO Box 230
(P.O. Box 230)

Bugs, Flowers, Birds & More...
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Parsons Memorial Lodge

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Yosemite National Park Road, 1.2 miles west of Tioga Pass & Tuolumne Meadows Lodge Road
(Yosemite Valley)

A historic center for high country learning in Tuolumne Meadows...
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Glacier Point

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P.O. Box 577

A dramatic overlook from the rim...
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Yosemite Outdoor Adventures

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PO Box 230
(Yosemite Village)

Fun field courses that'll help you get deep into Yosemite...
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Yosemite Conservancy

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POB 230
(P. O. Box Box 577)

A non-profit organization that connects you to Yosemite...
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Shuttle Buses

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Yosemite Village

Getting around by shuttle...
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Wawona

Highway 41

A historic community in southern Yosemite...
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