Yosemite National Park – The Perfect Weekend Trip from San Francisco

by | Oct 30, 2019 | Category North America, Category USA, Category North America, Traveling, Traveling, Category USA, Vlogs, Vlogs | 0 comments

The Yosemite National Park is located directly at the Sierra Nevada in the north of California.

In 1984 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its impressive granite rocks, waterfalls and Red Woods.

Red Wood Tree Yosemite Nationalpark

Yosemite National Park – How to get there

I arrived on a warm and sunny spring Saturday. I came by rental car from San Francisco. That’s about four hours by car.

As a visitor you only pay an entrance fee of 30 USD during the summer months and 25 USD in the winter months per car. Free parking is available in Yosemite National Park. However, as these are limited, you should consider arriving early. There is a shuttle bus system in the park that will take you anywhere. So you can get fully involved with nature.


Yosemite National Park – Accommodation

I only spent one night in Yosemite National Park. I slept in one of the tents in Yosemite Village. Alternatively you can stay overnight in a lodge, but of course the prices are not very backpacker friendly. Already the prices for a tent are quite high: You can expect about 100 USD. If you are traveling alone, this is not a bargain…


Yosmite National Park – The Trails

Unfortunately, I didn’t find the map I got at the entrance very helpful, so I needed more or less the whole first day to find my way around. Maybe you should really use the shuttle buses. I really wanted to go exploring alone with my rental car. I would probably not dare to do that again.

In addition, the trails are not sufficiently signposted. They usually only show their names, but not their length, difficulty and average running time (as was the case in the Muir Woods National Monument near San Francisco).

Barbara im Yosemite Nationalpark

That’s why I didn’t dare to start a hike after 4 pm. I was afraid to create only a fraction of the trail until I had to turn back so that I wouldn’t be surprised by the darkness.

So it happened that on Saturday I only drove to the individual viewpoints to which I could go by car.

Barbara Tunnel View Yosemite

It was nice anyway!


Yosemite National Park – The Mirror Lake Tour

On the second day I decided for the tour to Mirror Lake in the morning and the 4-Miles-Trail at noon.

Barbara im Yosemite Nationalpark 3

Unfortunately, Mirror Lake was almost dry… In winter, it hadn’t snowed very much and the ice hadn’t melted yet. Nevertheless I could take quite a picture, or what do you think?

Mirror Lake 1


Yosemite National Park – The 4-Miles-Trail

The 4-Miles-Trail was a tough one! It was steep all the way.

Yosemite Nationalpark 9

It was quite exhausting, but it was worth the effort!

Because the view was magnificent!

Ausblick Yosemite Valley 1

Ausblick auf die Yosemite Falls 1

That’s where I made my vlog. You can watch it on Youtube if you understand German: Gruß aus dem Yosemite National Park!



My conclusion

The Yosemite National Park is not only an absolute landmark of California, but also a must for every nature lover. Here you feel one with nature. At times I didn’t meet a soul and had the hiking trail almost for myself. Maybe it was because of the low season. Unfortunately, I have no comparison. But it was definitely beautiful!

Have you ever been to Yosemite National Park? Isn’t it just fantastic there?

Yours Barbara

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