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How to Spend 2 Days in Yosemite National Park

How to Spend 2 Days in Yosemite National Park

With two days in Yosemite, branch out beyond Yosemite Valley to explore magnificent Tuolumne Meadows. You’ll see two completely different sides of Yosemite National Park as you go from the valley’s sheer rock faces and streaming waterfalls to Tuolumne’s open, subalpine terrain. Here’s how to make the most of your 2-day trip.

 

Day 1: Yosemite Valley Explorer

**Morning:**First light illuminates Yosemite Valley landmarks such as Half Dome, El Capitan, and Yosemite Falls, so start the day early for the best possible views from Glacier Point. From there, continue into Yosemite Valley by vehicle or on foot: The popular 4-mile trail winds from Glacier Point to the valley floor.

**Afternoon:**Pick another day hike in Yosemite Valley for an afternoon on the trail. Laid-back options include family-friendly walks to Bridalveil Fall, Cook’s Meadow, and Lower Yosemite Fall; find steeper terrain on the way to Yosemite Fall or on the Mist Trail. Some tours follow guided hikes with lunch at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel, formerly the Ahwahnee Hotel, which offers great views of Yosemite Valley.

**Night:**This is why you brought a camera—find a spot to settle in well before sunset and wait for evening light to catch the rock walls here. With little light pollution, Yosemite National Park has gorgeous stargazing, too.

 

Day 2: Discover Tuolumne Meadows

**Morning:**Open during the snow-free months between spring and autumn, Tuolumne Meadows has subalpine flowers, clear-running streams, and views across the Sierra Nevada mountains. Start your second day here at the Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center, where you’ll find info on the area’s trails, wildlife, and history.

**Afternoon:**Pick a trail for an afternoon hike, choosing from options that go from mellow to strenuous. An easy, kid-friendly option is the hike to Soda Springs and Parson Lodge, while very fit hikers can reach Mono Pass or Cathedral Lakes.

**Night:**Bundle up for a cool evening at Tuolumne Meadows, which has great star views. Check for ranger-led stargazing programs at the Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center, or simply find an open spot where you can see the natural show overhead.

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Small-Group Day Trip to Yosemite from Lake Tahoe

Small-Group Day Trip to Yosemite from Lake Tahoe

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Explore the scenic highlights of Yosemite National Park on a full-day, small-group guided trip from Lake Tahoe with a lunchtime picnic beside Cascade Falls. Capture unforgettable images of the park’s soaring rock walls and craggy peaks then enjoy an invigorating hike to Yosemite Falls or Bridalveil Falls, where high-mountain rivers tumble from sheer granite cliffs. Spot rock climbers scaling the face of El Capitan, watch for deer in alpine meadows, and take in the timeless beauty of California’s High Sierra mountains.
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  • 14 hours
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Full-Day Small Group Yosemite & Glacier Point Tour Including Hotel Pickup

Full-Day Small Group Yosemite & Glacier Point Tour Including Hotel Pickup

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Get acquainted with the landmarks and highlights of Yosemite National Park during this 9-hour day tour from Fresno or Oakhurst. Travel into the Yosemite Valley through the Southgate, then spend the day viewing and photographing some of the valley's best features such as Bridalveil Falls, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Yosemite’s high country.  Hike down the 4-Mile Trail (during the spring to fall) or choose to remain on the bus. Lunch will be provided and can be eaten along the trail. National Park entrance fees included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$143.12
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Private Family Hike in Yosemite

Private Family Hike in Yosemite

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Experience the monumental scenery of Yosemite on a guided, half-day hike designed especially for families. Choose from a beginning or moderate hike to suit your family’s experience level, and embark on a series of trails that wind through the famous natural attractions of either Yosemite Valley or the High Country. Enjoy spectacular views of one of America’s favorite national parks, and stop for a scenic picnic near a stream, lake or meadow.
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  • 5 hours
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$162.50
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Private Guided Hiking Tour in Yosemite

Private Guided Hiking Tour in Yosemite

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Walk to soaring cliffs and alpine meadows on a private, guided hiking tour of Yosemite National Park. Tailor this 5- or 6-hour trip to your interests and ability, then find your perfect trail into the wilderness. Learn about the history and ecology of the High Sierra as you walk alongside your guide, and find uncrowded paths in the heart of the park. Enjoy a backcountry picnic and discover stunning views of the Yosemite Valley or High Country, or challenge yourself to take on a longer hike with more elevation gain.
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$250.00
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Yosemite Valley Hiking Tour

Yosemite Valley Hiking Tour

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Spend the day immersed in nature on a full-day hiking tour of Yosemite National Park. See the dramatic slopes of Half Dome and North Dome, experience the force of Yosemite Falls, and hike a variety trails to see Mirror Lake, and Spider Caves. Opt for a tour of an old Pioneer village and cemetery if you want. Guides carry water purification and first aid equipment and all profits form this tour support Yosemite youth summer camp programs.
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  • 8 hours
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$234.00
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Guided Yosemite Hiking Excursion

Guided Yosemite Hiking Excursion

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Explore the stunning trails of Yosemite National Park on this guided hiking excursion. Select a specific hike for your skill level, with options ranging from beginner to strenuous, and enjoy the views from Glacier Point, Sentinel Dome, El Capitan, Half Dome and more. Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of this renowned landscape as you hike in the fresh air. An experienced guide will provide insightful commentary along the way.
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  • 5 hours
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$175.00
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Private Guided Snowshoe Hike in Yosemite

Private Guided Snowshoe Hike in Yosemite

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Discover the stunning winter scenery of Yosemite National Park on a guided snowshoe hike that goes deep into the frozen landscape. Join a group of beginning snowshoers, or take on an extended trail for this 4- or 6- hour adventure, and watch for the tracks that deer, coyote, bobcats and bears leave in the pristine snow. See the Yosemite Valley or the High Country, take in views of soaring rocks with an icy glaze, and experience the remarkable tranquility of this park’s quietest season.
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  • 6 hours
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Experience Yosemite: Beginner or Advanced Photography Lesson

Experience Yosemite: Beginner or Advanced Photography Lesson

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Capture unforgettable images of Yosemite National Park with a 4-hour photography lesson for beginners or advanced photographers. Bring your camera and learn new techniques from an expert instructor, and watch the afternoon light transform the soaring cliffs, alpine rivers and high meadows of this remarkable landscape. Set up at a series of shooting locations that include iconic views and lesser-known sites as you follow in the footsteps of Ansel Adams, Carlton Watkins and Edward Weston in California’s most iconic national park.
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  • 4 hours
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$575.00
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Giant Sequoia Grove Hike or Snowshoe

Giant Sequoia Grove Hike or Snowshoe

Discover the towering Giant Sequoia trees of Yosemite during the winter on this half-day snowshoe hike. Hike through the Tuolumne and Merced groves to marvel at these 3,000-year old trees that reach heights upwards of 300 feet. Traverse the dense forests with hiking shoes or snowshoes, if there is a lot of snow on the ground, and learn about the biodiversity of the park.
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  • 6 hours
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$234.00
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Tuolumne Meadows Tour

Tuolumne Meadows Tour

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Explore Yosemite’s Tuolumne Meadows on a full-day outdoor adventure. Meet your guide in the morning to customize your plan for the day. Opt for an easy hike to the top of Lembert Dome, visit Dog Lake, and see Soda Springs. Your guide is well prepared with water purification equipment, first aid kits, and other necessities. Bring snacks, water, and lunch for a picnic break, and feel good knowing that profits form the tour support Yosemite youth summer programs.
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  • 8 hours
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$234.00
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$234.00
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