2 day Yosemite National Park
1 day Napa Valley
1 day San Fransisco
Started at 6 in the morning from San Hose to Yosemite National Park. Reached at 10 am. Since it was a long weekend, we spent 1 hr in the traffic at the entrance.
It gets really crowded on long weekends and thus finding parking inside the park is not an easy deal. I would recommend parking wherever you find the spot and board Yosemite free shuttle to the viewpoints. There are numerous free shuttles in the park. It is more easier and convenient than driving yourself in that traffic. Also, there are shuttle only lanes in various parts of the park, so you don’t get stuck in traffic.
2. Yosemite Falls is the most beautiful attraction of the park especially this view.
There are 3 hiking trails :
1. Upper Yosemite falls
2. Lower Yosemite falls (1 mile roundtrip)
3. Base of lower Yosemite falls
3. Mist Trail
Base of vernal falls
Be prepared, this is a steep hike. It is not tough but you will feel something in your knees while hiking back, down. The viewpoint is a bridge from where you can see the vernal falls and also many beautiful views along the way.
We stayed 2 hrs away from the park so had to leave around 7 PM. If you are staying inside the park, you still have a lot of time to do smaller hikes like mirror lake.(1 mile roundtrip).
1. Sentinel Dome (2 miles roundtrip)
This is by far the most beautiful hike I have ever done, the 360 degree view from the top of the dome is mesmerizing. You won’t believe what you are gonna see from here. You will see Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, El Capitan and snow capped mountains.
3. Tunnel Point.
This is the most photographed point of Yosemite. You can see El Capitan, Half Dome(my fav) and a waterfall.
4. El Capitan Picnic area.
Ever tried running around in the lush green fields surrounded by massive rocks like El Capitan itself.
Here is a list of day hikes
1 day San Fransisco city tour
- Golden Gate Bridge: Visit during noon time as it gets really foggy in the evening.
- Ghirardelli square
- Union Square
- Lombard Street
- Stanford University
Artesa Vineyards in Napa Valley offers several options for wine tasting.