Adventure to and around Yosemite National Park
Wawona’s Pioneer Village Center – travel back to the 19th century. The center is open year-round as a free self-guided tour.
Glacier Point – safely view wonders of Yosemite Valley from 3,214 above the valley floor
Tunnel View – the most photographic vista in the world provides a panoramic view of Yosemite Valley
Bridalveil Fall – rising nearly 4,000 feet from the base to the summit
El Capitan is the largest single granite rock on earth where rock climbers from around the world converge to face the challenge of this massive monolith.
Half Dome – at the far end of the valley is one of the world famous Half Dome.
Yosemite Falls – feast your eyes on the highest waterfall in North America
Have lunch in Yosemite National Park at the Yosemite Lodge Food Court. Open year-round for breakfast, lunch and dinner offering various stations serving hot breakfast, Italian pastas and pizza, grilled items, pre-made salads, fruits, vegetarian and non-vegetarian entrees, and of course desserts and our Coffee Corner ($10-$30pp).
Valley floor sight options:
Yosemite Valley Visitor Center – learn how Yosemite’s spectacular landscape was formed, how people have interacted with it through the centuries, how wildlife adapts and survives, and how your national park continues to evolve at the exhibit hall. A free 23-minute film provides a stunning overview of Yosemite’s splendor.
The Yosemite Museum, next to the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center, has displays that interpret the cultural history of Yosemite's native Miwok and Paiute people from 1850 to the present. There is also a reconstructed Indian Village of Ahwahnee behind the museum. The historic Yosemite Cemetery is located west of the Yosemite Museum. People buried here include people who played important roles in the development of what is now Yosemite National Park.
Return to Oakhurst after sight-seeing in Yosemite Valley to dine at Crab Cakes. Enjoy dining in the nautically-themed restaurant and take in the beauty of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Crab Cakes specialize in fresh and shell fish and offer steak, chicken, pasta with full bar service from Roman's Bar featuring local micro-brewed beers and wines ($10-$40pp).
Afterwards, take a short stroll from Crab Cakes to see, and hear, the World Famous Talking Bear in Oakhurst, also known as the Carved Bear Capital of the World.