Breakfast at Wawona Hotel (formerly Big Trees Lodge)
With the sun streaming through large windows, this charming restaurant set in a Victorian-era hotel has a great breakfast menu to fuel you for the day.
This grove is the largest of the park’s three groves and home to approximately 500 giant sequoias. Note: The Mariposa Grove was closed for several months due to extensive damage due to downed trees as a result of a Mono wind event that occurred in January 2021. It’s open now and well worth every moment you are there. Check the NPS site at www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/mg.htm for updates.
Hike to Glacier Point on Four-Mile Trail
Absolutely stunning views surround you at Glacier Point, a popular viewpoint, w Four Mile Trail makes you work for it as you ascend to the point along a forested and rocky trail. Along the way, you’ll enjoy amazing views to the valley bottom. Because Glacier Point Road will be closed for construction in 2022, the only way to access Glacier Point is by hiking up Four Mile Trail (and back down). When the road to Glacier Point is open, you can take a shuttle to Glacier Point and enjoy a one-way, less-strenuous hike down.
Valley Visitor Center and Ansel Adams Gallery
Stop at the Valley Visitor Center, an intimate place for all ages to learn about the geology and cultural history of the park.
Next door, you’ll find the Ansel Adams Gallery, featuring Adams’ work and a gift shop. Reserve your spot for the free camera walk at 209-372-4413. Learn more at anseladams.com.
Float on the Merced
Cool off by renting a raft at Curry Village (formerly Half Dome Village). The National Park Service has reduced the number of rafts allowed on the river, so check with the boat kiosk in Half Dome Village to rent your boat and learn the latest regulations.
Eat Dinner at the Pizza Deck
In the heart of Curry Village, enjoy hand-tossed pizza and salads on this legendary outdoor deck with views of Glacier Point.
Drive Tioga Road and Picnic at Tenaya Beach
Located off Tioga Road, Tenaya Lake is impossible to miss as you descend from Tuolumne Meadows. The 150-acre snowmelt lake offers polar-bear swimming in summer and a great place to picnic on sunny, white-sand beaches. Follow the 1-mile path around the lake’s south side to a shoreline away from the crowds.
Hike Mist Trail
The Mist Trail climbs 1,000 feet to reach the top of 317-foot Vernal Fall in 1.5 miles. It continues nearly 1,000 more feet to the top of 594-foot Nevada Fall.