- By Dannie
- On Sep 11, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
To take the Yosemite one day tour to visit the Yosemite National Park nowdays. Legend has it that renowned Yosemite Ranger Carl Sharsmith was once asked by a visitor, “If you had only one day in Yosemite, what would you do?” The veteran ranger and Yosemite-lover looked solemn and replied “Madam, if I could only have one day in Yosemite I’d sit by the Merced River and cry.”
While it’s certainly an exaggeration that you should just cry at Yosemite if you only have one day, it does illustrate how those who really know the park feel about it and how you will too if you give yourself just a little extra time to explore.
Depending on where you are coming from you may see some very interested things along your tour to Yosemite Valley. If you are coming from San Francisco, you may be making your journey along Highway 140 which will bring you through the lovely Gold Rush town of Mariposa, a great place for a variety of lodging and a good stop for lunch, museums, and shopping in the Old Town District.
If you are continuing into Yosemite via Highway 140 you will also pass through the Merced River Canyon. In the spring this is the place for intense Class IV rafting on the rapids, but in the summer it becomes a lazy river perfect for swimming and sun bathing. In the late winter and early spring, you can also start to see some of the incredible wildflower displays that make this region famous with photographers.
If you are coming from Highway 41 through Fishcamp, be sure to stop at Wawona to see the Victorian-era Big Trees Lodge and the Pioneer Yosemite History Center. As you get closer to Yosemite Valley you will also want to make a stop at Glacier Point. It is an hour-drive from Yosemite Valley off Highway 41, but it is without a doubt one of the most sweeping vistas in Yosemite, showing off an incredible view of Half Dome.