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Grand Canyon to Yosemite, budget your Yosemite trip

  1. By Dannie
  2. On Sep 11, 2018
  3. North America
  4. Travel Tips

To planning your Grand Canyon to Yosemite trip, depending on your where your lodging is and your budget, your evening may include an opulent dinner at The Majestic Yosemite Hotel or Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, a family-friendly meal at the Half Dome Village or at one of the many eateries in nearby Mariposa, or might include cooking over an open BBQ at your campsite. There are many dining options available. If you are staying in Yosemite overnight you will certainly want to join a star-gazing tour (year round, weather permitting).


If you want to explore the valley from above and you are there when Glacier Point Road is open (May-December) you may also want to take Sentinel Dome Trail for similar views to Glacier Point but much fewer crowds. Pack a picnic dinner to enjoy the sunset (just don’t forget your head lamp for the way back!).

These are just a few of the many trails to explore. You may want to stop by a visitor center on your way into Yosemite to inquire what the best trails are during your visit depending on your interest level, fitness, and the season.

Your second night in Yosemite you should definitely try to find a prime spot for sunset. Check ahead of time to see when it is and head over to Cook’s Meadow (if it’s winter or spring) or up to Glacier Point or Sentinel Dome (if it is summer or autumn). Check to see if there is a full moon and if yes, catch the lunar rainbow (see below) particularly in the early spring.

No matter what you decide to do your next day is going to be a big one, so get plenty of rest!