For my first visit to Yosemite, I got very excited. I got up at five in the morning, drove up to San Francisco to catch the 7am group tour bus. That morning, I saw San Francisco at the early hours of the morning for the first time. There were hardly any people on the streets and those who are already out had a cup of coffee in their hands. They were just waking up.
As the bus was pulling away from the city, I got more excited. Yosemite is one of those places I have on my bucket list which is very accessible to all Californians yet shamefully most of us have not seen it. I decided to go this year making this my ultimate summer day trip in California.
As usual, my bad habit of taking too many photos of the places I visit prevailed. This time I was able to find trails and wildlife aside from the famous monoliths and waterfalls there was. It seems the easiest way to get to Yosemite National Park is by going to Yosemite Valley first where the visitor’s center, hotels, campsites, cafes, restaurants, gift shops and post office is located. Be sure to go to the visitor’s center first for any question and current park information. These are several parking lots at this area, too.
There are many great natural landmarks to see at Yosemite Valley alone but I was short on time. With my mad photography skills, here are some of the places I was able to see at Yosemite Valley that was open to the public.