Exciting Activities Near Our Hotel
There's the great outdoors, and then the REALLY great outdoors...the one and only Yosemite Valley.
If you're looking for endless outdoor activities, spectular sights at every turn and awe-inspiring natural wonders, consider Yosemite Valley your ultimate playground!
Among the Reasons Nature Lovers Love Yosemite:
Yosemite is home to an abundance of beautiful birds, including:
Great Gray Owl
The meadows and forests of Yosemite are filled with amazing plants, trees and flowers. Don't forget to bring a guide book so you can identify the numerous species! Wildflowers typically begin appearing in spring at the lower elevations, becoming showy above Yosemite Valley some time in June, and at Tuolumne Meadows in July.
This breathtaking waterfall was called "Pohono" by the Ahwahneechee Indians, meaning spirit of the puffing wind. The swirling wind often shifts the veil of water and makes for a beautiful view.
California State Mining & Mineral Museum
Experience the history of the Gold Rush era at the museum, which features over 13,000 objects, including mining artifacts, rare specimens of crystalline gold, gem and mineral specimens, and the 13.8-pound Fricot "Nugget"— the largest 19th-century specimen of crystallized gold still in existence. Also here are a mine tunnel, a working scale model of a stamp mill, a museum shop and educational programs.
At 4,000 feet tall, this is the largest single granite rock on earth, drawing rock climbers from around the world.
Gates of the Valley
Past El Capitan Meadow is a turnout along the Merced River looking toward El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall and the valley.
On the rim of Yosemite Valley, this point looks down 3,214 feet to the valley floor and offers a breathtaking overlook of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome and the High Sierra. In winter, Glacier Point can be reached only by skis or snowshoes.
Half Dome dominates the valley view, rising 4,733 feet from the valley floor. Though the rock is 87 million years old, it is the youngest plutonic rock in the valley. A hike to the top is very challenging, but affords a wonderful view.
The Merced River rushes around two little islands, with bridges connecting footpaths between them. Great for picnics and hiking—the trails that lead to Vernal and Nevada Falls begin here.
Indian Village of Ahwahnee
Located behind the Yosemite Museum and always open, this village re-creation often includes demonstrations and programs about Ahwahneechee culture.
Mariposa County History Center
Features one of the finest collections of historical artifacts in the state, including displays of mining equipment, a Miwok village re-creation with traditional tree bark dwellings, a working stamp mill and more.
The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is the largest stand of giant sequoias in the park.
Here you will find impressive views and reflections of Tenaya Canyon during spring and early summer. The lake becomes a meadow, drying up by summer's end. A 3-mile trail loops the lake.
One of the oldest lakes in North America, Mono Lake is a significant migratory bird resting area, providing the nesting grounds for 90% of the California gull population. Along the shores are calcium formations called "Tufa Towers."
Traveling exhibits include historic paintings and contemporary works of art.
Pioneer Yosemite History Center
See horse-drawn wagons, walk across a covered bridge, and visit historic buildings from Yosemite's past. Located adjacent to the Wawona General Store.
The hike to the top of the dome is rewarded with an amazing 360-degree view.
The Merced River
Flowing into Yosemite Valley, the river is protected under the National Wild and Scenic Act. Recreation includes fishing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, camping, hiking, swimming and picnicking.
Yosemite Valley is famous for its impressive waterfalls, cliffs, and unusual rock formations. It is open year-round and is the location of many events and activities.
One of the most photographed vistas on earth, Tunnel View offers a scenic look at Yosemite Valley, including El Capitan, Half Dome, Sentinel Rock, Cathedral Rocks and Bridalveil Fall.
Tuolumne Grove of Big Trees
This grove of giant sequoia stands is a one-mile hike from the parking lot at Crane Flat on Tioga Road.
Tuolumne Meadows and Tioga Pass
At 9,941 feet, Tioga is the highest vehicle pass in California. A number of scenic pullouts and parking areas are located along the way. Wonderful stops include Tenaya Lake and Tuolumne Meadows.
Vernal Fall & Nevada Fall
Along the Mist Trail, Vernal Fall (317-foot drop) and Nevada Fall (594-foot drop) offer gorgeous views.
At Wawona, you'll find a lovely 19th-century Victorian hotel and the Pioneer Yosemite History Center.
This historic cemetery is the final resting place of Native Americans, casual park visitors and people who played important roles in the development of what is now Yosemite National Park. A Guide to the Yosemite Cemetery is available at the Valley Visitor Center.
Enjoy impressive views on the path to the falls, with cascades dropping 2,425 feet—the highest in all of North America and fifth tallest in the world.