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Yosemite Holidays 2023 & 2024
Situated just 167 miles east of San Francisco, you’ll find 1,200 square miles of peace and tranquility. Described as one of the most breathtakingly beautiful locations in the United States, Yosemite National Park consists of sheer cliffs, cascading waterfalls and magnificent meadows just waiting to be explored by nature lovers from all over the globe.
Suppose you’re passionate about hiking. Yosemite Valley day hikes offer a selection of trails ranging from easy to strenuous, so there is something to suit everyone. Smith Peak is a moderate to strenuous hike that takes an average of 6-8 hours but promises spectacular views of the Hetch Hetchy area. Be sure to pack your boots because over 750 miles of trails are just waiting to be explored in Yosemite National Park.
Rafting along the Merced River is a must if you visit Yosemite during summer. Rent a raft or bring your own and enjoy the scenery as you coast down the river. Why not Kayak along the calm waters of Tenaya Lake, possibly the most beautiful lake in Yosemite?
If you've booked for the winter months, you'll have the chance to explore the vast landscape with cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. With over 90 miles of trails and runs, you can enjoy hours of endless fun on the slopes of Yosemite. Badger Pass is the most popular spot and is perfect for skiers of all abilities.
When the sun sets, gaze up at the night sky. Miles away from city lights, you'll see the stars as you've never seen them before. So remember to pack your binoculars and star chart.
With so much to see and do, eating and drinking during a vacation has never been more critical. Yosemite National Park’s cuisine ranges from every day groceries to fine dining experiences. Selling everything from sandwiches to dehydrated food. Stock up on snacks and essentials from one of the many stores in Yosemite. You'll even find a selection of wine in the Ahwahnee Sweet Shop. For dining, why not visit Base Camp Eatery?
Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and with an onsite Starbucks, it's the perfect place for all the family to enjoy a hearty meal. The Ahwahnee Dining Room promises a fine dining experience in a grand setting. Serving up some of the most delectable dishes as well as a Sunday brunch buffet, the dining room is open all year round, serving breakfast and dinner.
With a huge choice of restaurants and bars, you won't be short on options when you need to refuel and recharge.
November to March tend to be Yosemite's wettest and coldest months; however, the higher you climb up the iconic mountains, the sooner you will feel and see the chilly conditions, with snowfall peaking from September right up until April when the spring season begins. You'll see the waterfalls at their strongest during May while temperatures remain on the cooler side at higher elevations. Further down on the ground, summers are warm and dry, with temperatures stretching to a staggering 37°C occasionally. These temperatures can drop significantly at night, especially at higher elevations.
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