Suggested Activities For Your Yosemite Stay

These are the activities we take our family and best friends to see and do when they visit us in Yosemite. And we enjoy each of these right along with them, every time. Everything on this list is so great that you just might see us out doing it without guests. If you have special interests, make sure to let us know, as we are sure we have some ideas just for you.

Glacier Point

Drive to Glacier Point for sunrise or sunset — the views of Half Dome and waterfalls are amazing! We are located less than 2 miles from the turnoff to this magnificent site. Along with the lookout itself, with its great views of Half Dome and the Valley below, fantastic hiking along the road offers trips short and long.

Dewey Point

Hike to Dewey Point (8 miles roundtrip). Year-round options for a wilderness experience and great views, our favorite time to enjoy Dewey Point is winter, when we reach the point on skis (snowshoes are an option also). We have enjoyed many lunch breaks at the point with the view all to ourselves- a rarity in Yosemite but still possible to find. The view is just as grand as the snow melts away. Also located along Glacier Point road, this offers a longer hike through meadows and forest.

Sentinel Dome

Hike to Sentinel Dome (2 miles roundtrip). Great views and a summit reward for a short hike. This is one of the great hikes just along the Glacier Point road and is easily combined with your visit to Glacier Point.

Wawona Pioneer Area

Visit the Wawona Pioneer area and historic hotel complex. Walk around Wawona Meadow Loop. On the weekends in high season, you may find demonstrations of some of the pioneer ways. We especially enjoy passing through the covered bridge, and also imagining those who enjoyed Yosemite before us.

Mountain Room Restaurant

Eat dinner at the Mountain Room restaurant in Yosemite Lodge area, Yosemite Valley. Check out our blog post on this topic (just click the title above) to find out why this is our most recommended dining experience. Open for dinner only.

Valley Tram Tour

Ride the Valley Tram Tour (leaves from Yosemite Lodge), especially the full moon ride. Most of the season, this tour is offered in a green open tram, which we affectionately call "The Green Dragon". Countless times while high on El Capitan, we hear the distant sounds of guided tour, and sometimes, even from over 1000 feet above we can make out the words. This is a great way to see the Valley without driving and really be able to stretch your neck and look up up up, while a National Park Service ranger gives you detailed and accurate information about the sights around you.

Picnic in El Capitan Meadow

Picnic in El Capitan meadow; bring binoculars to watch climbers. The “El Cap Lieback”.

Rent Bicycles Curry Village

Rent bicycles at Curry Village or Yosemite Lodge and ride around the Valley.

Sunday Brunch Buffet

Sunday brunch buffet (all you can eat) at the Ahwahnee. Approx $50 per person well spent. Weekday breakfast is also very good — smaller selection for breakfast buffet but lower price too.

Rafting in El Portal

Rafting in El Portal with Zephyr, on the Merced River. We also love Valley “floating” rafting.

Yosemite Mountaineering School

Climb or take a class with Yosemite Mountaineering School. Best guides in the sport.

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

This is one of our top five picks. **This grove will be closed by the park service for repaving project until approximately November 2016. In the meantime, we suggest visiting an alternate grove inside the park- the Merced or Tuolumne Groves.