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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

National Park
“If you're feeling like an adventurous day trip, it is possible to do one day trip to the Yosemite National Parks!! Each one way is about 4hrs non-stop. Otherwise you can camp here or choose one of the glamping options that the park has to offer. Each vehicle is charged $35 for one entry or $85 for all national park visit. If you do go here, make sure your first stop is the visitor's office, the rangers here are well versed in all the hikes here and can best cater your experience to your needs. On top of that, they're the most well-informed people you'd find here regarding park and road conditions. Yosemite is well known for the: - Half Dome - Hetchy Hetchy reservoir - Tuolumme Meadows”
  • 7 locals recommend
Lodging
“Dating from 1927, this historic, landmark hotel is set on a valley floor with views of Half Dome, Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. It's 1.5 miles from Yosemite Village. Worth a look-see.”
  • 6 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Want to pamper a loved one? Take them on a hike in Yosemite Park and then surprise them with a nice meal right in the park. Don't want dinner? Walk through the restaurant to the back for a cocktail. The ambiance and views are amazing!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Hike 1 mile/1.6 km round trip: The views here are almost indescribable. There's a 270-degree panorama including Half Dome, Clouds Rest, the waterfalls of the Mist Trail, dozens of peaks in the eastern Sierra range, and much of Yosemite Valley. It's probably the best place in all of Yosemite for watching the sunset. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bus Station
  • 2 locals recommend
Bus Station
“If ice-skating isn’t something that usually takes your breath away, the stunning views of the Half Dome and Glacier Point will. This outdoor ice rink offers a warming hut for storing your shoes while you skate. Outside the warming hut is a fire pit with seating perfect for taking a break from the ice. The ice rink is located at the Half Dome Village Recreation Center at shuttle bus stop #13A. Parking is also available for private vehicles. Note: This is a winter only activity that is weather permitting.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bus Station
“This is the spot where you see the half dome reflecting on mirror like water of the Merced river.”
  • 1 local recommends
Lodging
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“Fine dining restaurant in the historic Ahwahnee Lodge with a great atmosphere. Collared short required for guys but Lunch is more casual and reservations available on Opentable.com are recommended. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“This is the closest grocery store to the home, and convenient when you are visiting Yosemite Valley. Lots of souvenirs and gift available and good grocery selection for a small store.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bus Station
  • 1 local recommends
Bus Station
  • 1 local recommends
Food
  • 1 local recommends
Sporting Goods Shop
  • 1 local recommends
Other Great Outdoors