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This summer we did a whirlwind tour of California. We spent a few days in Northern California around Redding. Then we had a stop in Sacramento and San Francisco. The best part of the trip was visiting the majestic Yosemite National Park. We had some friends give us the best plan for visiting the park. They made the visit so much better and I want to share these tips with you!
We entered the park through the South Entrance. I you decide to enter in at this entrance, make sure you stop at a grocery store on the way in. There is one about 30 minutes before you get into the park. Pick up some sandwiches and some drinks so you can have a picnic in the park.
The fee is $30 but if you have a child in 4th grade you can get in to all National Parks for free! Once you are in there are many things to explore. But we just had a day – so we wanted to make sure we saw as much as possible.
There is a gas station in the park – so if you are getting low on gas, make sure you fill up before you start exploring. You will drive about 100 miles in the park and you don’t want to run out of gas.
Our first stop was Half Dome. It’s a long road that takes you to the highest views in the park. From this place you will see beautiful rock formations and during the rainy months you will also see a beautiful waterfalls. You can also look down and see into Yosemite Valley. Make sure to make a bathroom stop before you head back down the hill to explore more of the park.
When you come down from Half Dome, follow the signs to Tunnel View. You go through this amazing tunnel and when you get to the end you see El Capitian – it’s another gorgeous view. There isn’t a whole lot of parking, but after circling the parking lot a few times you should get a spot. Make sure you read about the history and take lots of pictures while you are here.
Next stop – Bridal Vail Falls. During the drier months this water fall is almost non-existent. It’s a short hike from the parking lot and you are very close to it.
A great place to enjoy lunch is Swinging Bridge right next to Sentinel Beach. If it’s warm – take a dip in the water. The water will be freezing but it will be fun!
Our friends told us to visit the Ahwahnee – it’s a hotel and the views from the back are supposed to be incredible. Here’s a map of Yosemite so you can make plans for your visit.
The summer is an incredibly busy time to visit. We went the end of July and it was packed. It was warm but not too hot. But I would prefer to visit in the Spring or Fall.
Yosemite Park is a big loop and you do a lot of driving! Like I said earlier – we drove about 100 miles once we entered the park. The roads are very curvy and you go up and down a lot of hills. Needless to say, it is very easy to get car sick. One thing I highly recommend that you have with you when you visit Yosemite National forrest is Dramamine® for Kids. It will make the time in the park a lot more enjoyable. Even if your kids don’t normally get motion sickness – there’s a chance you will touring the park.
We prefer Dramamine® for Kids because it is the only medicated motion sickness relief product formulated just for children ages 2-12. It will treat the symptoms of motion sickness on the spot and prevents nausea, dizziness, vomiting and queasiness.
(Nothing ruins a vacation like vomit 🙂 ) I can easily keep it in my purse because it comes in a small travel case.
There really is so much to see in this park. You could camp out and spend a few days. But make sure you have all the supplies you need (including Dramamine®) to make it the perfect vacation!
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