Oct 24

Yosemite Valley: A Piece of Heaven on Earth

Yosemite Valley from the overlookYosemite Valley is one of the most beautiful places in the United States.  It is only seven miles long and less than a mile wide, and yet it contains some of the most famous physical features in the United States.  Some of those features include the world-famous cliffs, El Capitan and Half Dome.  It also is a paradise for those that are interested in waterfalls because it has two unforgettable ones in Yosemite and Bridalveil Falls.Bridelvail FallsThe valley only represents one percent of the park and while there are other places definitely worth visiting like Mariposa Grove, most visitors will arrive and stay in Yosemite Valley.  It is truly a spectacular place just do not think you will have it all to yourself.  In the summer time there can be bumper to bumper traffic on the road through the valley.  You might want to visit the valley during the off season which is before Memorial Day or after Labor Day.  I have heard that winter can be a great time to go to Yosemite Valley but I cannot attest to that personally.  When Karen and I went it was late May a few days before Memorial Day weekend.  We left the park on that Friday and by Friday afternoon it was jammed pack with visitors.

yosemite valley from the floorIf you ever go to Yosemite National Park make sure you spend at least three days in the valley if you can.  It still will not be enough time to do everything you probably would want, but it will give you time to see all the major things and then make you want to come back for more.  Karen and I highly recommend hiking the valley floor one of the days. Get out of your car and hike around the Merced River.  Remember this is bear country so take the proper precautions and talk to the rangers at the visitor centers for good information on what to do and where to go.  We then would tell you to take a day going up the Mist Trail to Nevada Falls, which is just jaw dropping and unbelievable.  Finally on your last day do as much as you can to soak up the valley by going up to Glacier Point.  Do as much as you can while enjoying your vacation because before you know it you will be wishing you were back there.  I know I do.

yosemite boardwalkYosemite Valley is a great place to kick off a week at Yosemite National Park.  Just make sure you leave enough time to explore Tioga Pass Road or Hetch Hetchy.  Yosemite National Park is truly breathtaking and a wonderful place to go on vacation. It is a lot like Yellowstone in the sense that there is no other place like it.

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  1. Kristen - Anywhere There Is An Airport

    Your photos are AMAZING! For as much European travel as I am getting in while living over here… my U.S. travels are severely lacking. Yosemite is definitely on the list. I am now inspired!

    1. Kenny and Karen

      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. I hope you make it back stateside because there are a few things here that are worth crossing the pond for. Hopefully someday Karen and I can make it to Europe.

  2. Kelsi

    wow, these photos make me wish i were in yosemite right now.

    1. Kenny and Karen

      Thanks for your very nice comment. Yosemite is one of the nicest national parks that Karen and I have ever been to.

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