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Everything you need to plan the perfect trip

Welcome to Yosemite National Park, California, a land of awe-inspiring granite cliffs like Half Dome and El Capitan, cascading waterfalls, and ancient giant sequoia groves. This comprehensive Yosemite travel guide, curated by our experienced editors, is your cheat sheet for discovering the best the park has to offer. Discover the iconic sights that make Yosemite truly special, from the mesmerizing Firefall phenomenon to the breathtaking panoramic vistas of Glacier Point. Our detailed itineraries, ranging from three to five days, ensure you maximize your time in the park and surrounding areas.

Whether you prefer the convenience of the Yosemite shuttle or the freedom of your own transportation, we’ll provide invaluable insights on how to explore the park efficiently. Looking for the best hotels and campgrounds in Yosemite? Our recommendations for the best places to stay in Yosemite cater to every preference and budget. Not sure what to pack for your Yosemite National Park trip? Our meticulously crafted packing lists are tailored to each season, so you’ll be well-prepared for the perfect trip.

Visitor Guides

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Suggested Itineraries

Maximize your time in Yosemite National Park with our meticulously researched travel guides. We have detailed itineraries designed for three, four, and five day trips to Yosemite. Discover hidden gems, iconic landmarks, and insider tips to make the most of your trip.

Park Highlights

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Half Dome

Everything you need to know about Yosemite National Park’s iconic Half Dome hike, from safety tips to securing permits.

Yosemite Firefall / Backlit Waterfall at Dusk


Witness the mesmerizing Firefall at Yosemite, where a sunlit waterfall appears as a river of fire cascading down a sheer cliff. Click to learn more about this rare natural phenomenon.

Vernal Falls with view on granite steps on mist trail to the top of 317-foot waterfall, Yosemite National Park California

Mist Trail

Yosemite’s Mist Trail, a scenic hike taking you close to two breathtaking waterfalls, is one of the most popular hikes in the park. Find out how best to tackle this trail, with options for short and long hikes.

Gorgeous Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Solo Trip

Planning a solo trip to Yosemite? Be prepared with our comprehensive guide, which covers top activities and essential safety tips for an unforgettable adventure.

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Packing Guides

Packing for a trip to Yosemite National Park can be tricky. You’ll need the right gear to stay safe and comfortable while exploring. Follow our expert-tested packing lists for fall, winter, and summer trips to Yosemite and be prepared for anything.

Safety Tips

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Yosemite National Park is home to a wide variety of wildlife. Read our guide to find out what animals you might see, and what you should do if you encounter wildlife.

Crossing Bear Sign in Yosemite National Park

Hiking Safety

Yosemite National Park can be dangerous. Read our essential tips for staying safe on trails like Upper Yosemite Falls, around water, and when encountering wildlife.

Fallen log burns in California wildfire


Wildfires in Yosemite are a regular occurrence. Be prepared by reading this guide on how to stay safe around wildfires.