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Yosemite City Trip — Attractions

Enjoy activities, such as bike riding, at Yosemite National Park

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MUSEUMS

Ansel Adams Gallery
Yosemite Valley
The gallery offers work of Ansel Adams, contemporary photographers and other fine artists. In addition, a wide selection of handcrafts, books, gifts, and photography supplies is available.

Mariposa Grove & Museum
Mariposa Grove
After a bit of tree-hugging in the grove, visit the museum, which offers giant sequoia displays, books, maps, and information. The museum is accessibly only by foot or by going on the one-hour tram tour of the Grove.

Yosemite Museum & Valley Visitor Center
Yosemite Valley
The museum and center has displays that interpret the cultural history of Yosemite's native Miwok and Paiute people from 1850 to the present. Demonstrations of basket-weaving, beadwork, and/or traditional games are presented. The museum also houses the Indian Cultural Exhibit and the Indian Village of Ahwahnee, open year-round.

ROCK FORMATIONS & VIEWS

Go rafting with Half Dome as your backdrop

El Capitan
Rising almost 3,000 feet above the Valley floor, it is the largest monolith of granite in the world. El Capitan is opposite Bridalveil Fall and is best seen at the far west end of Yosemite Valley at Bridalveil and El Capitan Meadows.

Half Dome
Half Dome is perhaps the most recognized symbol of Yosemite. Rising over 4,000 feet above the Valley floor, it is one of the most sought-after landmarks in Yosemite. Half Dome can be seen throughout eastern Yosemite Valley and Glacier Point.

Glacier Point
Glacier Point is perhaps the most famous viewpoint in Yosemite. It is most spectacularly seen from Curry Village, though the view from its top of world renowned. Glacier Point is accessible by car, or by hiking up either the Four-Mile or Panorama Trails.

Tunnel View
Tunnel View is one of the most famous views of Yosemite Valley. From here you can see El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall rising from Yosemite Valley, with Half Dome in the background.

WATERFALLS

An aerial view of Half Dome, Nevada Falls and Vernal Falls

Bridalveil Fall (620 ft)
This is often the first waterfall seen by visitors entering the park. In spring it thunders; during the rest of the year look for its characteristic light, swaying flow. You can walk to the base in just a few minutes.

Nevada Fall (594 ft)
This fall is best seen from Glacier Point or by hiking up alongside it. Nevada Fall is located above Vernal Fall in an area known as the "giant staircase."

Vernal Fall (317 ft)
It flows all year, though by mid- to late summer it narrows and separates into one, two, or three falls as water flows decrease. It is best seen from Glacier Point or by hiking up alongside it via the Mist Trail.

Yosemite Falls (2,425 ft)
Yosemite Falls, one of the world's tallest, is actually made up of three separate falls: Upper Yosemite Fall, the middle cascades, and Lower Yosemite FalL. You can walk to Lower Yosemite Fall in just a few minutes. A hike to the top of Upper Yosemite Fall is a strenuous, all-day hike.


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