Yosemite in One Day
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Yosemite in One Day
Begin at the Valley Visitor Center, where you can watch the inspiring documentary Spirit of Yosemite. A minute's stroll from there is the Indian village of Ahwahneechee, which depicting American Indian life circa 1870. Take another 20 minutes to see the Yosemite Museum. Then, take the free shuttle to the Yosemite Falls and hike the Lower Yosemite Falls Trail to the base of the falls. Then proceed via shuttle or a 20-minute walk to Yosemite Lodge.
Next choose one of three things: leisurely exploring Curry Village — perhaps going for a swim or ice skating, shopping, renting a bike, or having a beer on the deck; checking out Happy Isles Nature Center and the adjacent nature trail, then enjoying an ice-cream treat while walking back to Curry Village; or hiking up the Mist Trail to the Vernal Fall footbridge to admire the view.
Hop back on the shuttle, then disembark at the Ahwahnee Hotel. Step into the Great Lounge, which has a magnificent fireplace and Indian artwork, and sneak a peek into the Dining Room, if you're up for a splurge. Get back on the shuttle, and head to Yosemite Village, where you can stop by the Ansel Adams Gallery. Get back in your car and drive to the El Capitan picnic area and enjoy an outdoor evening meal. At this time of day, "El Cap" should be sun-splashed. (You will have gotten several good looks at world-famous Half Dome throughout the day.) Any sunlight left? If so, continue driving on around to see Bridalveil Fall.
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