Yosemite National Park was jaw-dropping. Whether you’re an outdoorsy person or not, you absolutely must go at some point in your life.
We were lucky to go after most of the crowds had left in October. I had read this wasn’t a great month to visit because most of the waterfalls would be dry but I thought that on the contrary, it was a really good time to go. The park was so quiet it sometimes felt like we had it almost to ourselves. We did miss out on some of the waterfalls but there were plenty of other things to do to keep us busy.
We particularly enjoyed:
- the view from Tunnel View (that famous view).
- our bike ride around the valley. You can get some bikes from Yosemite Valley Lodge Bike Stand. You only need them for a couple of hours. This gives you enough time to do the loop around the valley with regular stops for photos. It’s a great way to get your bearings as well.
- the hike to Vernall falls. The waterfall was still running (a little) when we went. We initially only intended to go to the Vernal bridge but we ended up continuing further up to get closer to the falls. It was steep but 100% worth the effort. The views kept on getting better and better!
- Glacier Point overlook. The views over the Half Dome and Yosemite valley are nothing short of spectacular.