Yosemite is filled to the brim with natural wonders. If you're looking for a good nature trip in California, Yosmite is the place to be! Here are things that you can do in Yosemite.

Locals and travel experts recommend the Yosemite National Park to fully immerse yourself with nature. As some of the sections of the park reopens on Tuesday, here are things that you can do in Yosemite.

1. Yosemite Valley

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Yosemite Valley highlights the parks top attractions such as the Tunnel View Outlook and the famous waterfalls Vernal Fall, Nevada Fall, Bridalveil Fall and the Yosmite Falls. For trekkers, Yosemite Valley has short, flat trails that also lead to top attractions like El Capitan and Lower Yosemite Falls. 

If you're looking for more than a photo op or stroll, take the Mirror Lake loop, a 5-mile roundtrip journey, or the Yosemite Valley Trail. The Yosemite Valley Trail is 7 miles for the half loop and 11 miles for the full loop, taking hikers through valley meadows and to El Capital and Lower Yosemite Falls.

If you want to fully explore the beautiful Yosemite Valley, you might need more than one day. Lodging options can be found at Yosemite Village which is also found in the valley.

2. Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

Mariposa Grove is one of three groves in the park where visitors can view sequoia trees. It houses about 500 mature giant sequoia trees that are thousands of years old.

Left: Fallen Monarch; Right: Grizzly Giant

Aside from hundreds of sequoia trees, you will see the Fallen Monarch (a giant tree that fell hundreds of years ago) and the Grizzly Giant, which is estimated to be around 1,800 years old. Another feature of Mariposa that you can't miss is the California Tunnel Tree, which is the only sequoia in Yosemite that features a manmade tunnel carved out the middle of the trunk.

And then, there's also the Big Trees Loop trail, the easiest hike which will take you 30-45 minutes to finish. Explanations are posted through panels stationed along the route.

It will take you half-day to a full day to fully explore Mariposa Grove.

3. Tunnel View Outlook

Probably the most popular outlook in Yosemite. Visitors can get a majestic view of the whole of the Yosemite Valley. From this point, you can see the Half Dome, El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall.

Previous visitors recommend that you start your Yosemite exploration from the Tunnel View Outlook first. You can easily reach Tunnel View Outlook if you're travelling along Wawona Road.

4. Half Dome

Tagged as the most thrilling route as you will be hiking through cables. This part of the Yosemite National Park is not recommended for the faint of heart. The trail is about 14-16 miles long and elevated at 4,800 feet.

It is recommended that you start with the Mist Trail to see if you're up for the Half Dome challenge. After conquering the Mist Trail, you will continue the hike up to the top of Nevada Fall and the flat section of Yosemite Valley. You can finally breathe after reaching the base of Half Dome, a steep rocky climb through the cables will get you to the peak. It takes more than a day to complete this course.

Half Dome is accessible from late May to October. Only 300 permitted hikers are allowed each day. Permits are distributed by an NPS lottery. The application fee for the permit costs $10; if you are selected you are required to pay an additional $10. If you're coming by car, additional payment may be required. Hikers who have completed this course highly-advise that challengers should bring plenty of water, boots with great traction and gloves for the cables.

5. Tuolumne Meadows

Sierra Nevada's largest highest elevated meadows is the destination for people looking for a peaceful scenery. Situated at 8,600 feet off the ground, Tuolumne Meadows feature grasslands, lush forests, windy, bubbling rivers and creeks and scenic mountainscapes.

Left: Soda Springs; Right: Gaylor Lakes
Trails for hikers are also present in Tuolumne Meadows. The shortest would be the one and half mile hike that leads to Soda Springs. A more moderate hike is the one leading to the Gaylor Lakes. It is a 2-mile trail that takes visitors to a stunning collection of small, alpine lakes about 500 feet above Tioga Pass.

You can enjoy this scenery in a roadtrip with your friends and family. Take the Tioga Road for easier access. Visitors usually spend half day to a full day trip. Since Tuolumne Meadows is located at the far end of Yosmite, not as many travelers make it to this part of the park. There are also campgrounds available for booking. There is no set hours for the Tuolumne Meadows, though it's not a good idea to wander along trails after dark. Tuolumne Meadows is open from May to early June.

These are just some things that you can do in Yosemite. Again, Yosemite Valley is reopening tomorrow, August 14, 2018. Let's take a break and visit Yosemite soon!

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Jan Audrey Francisco

Lyca is a digital content specialist based in Quezon City, Philippines. He specializes in arts and artists contents.

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