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General Sherman Tree
[ADA Accessible] A 0.8-mile hike with 150 ft elevation gain to see the biggest tree in the world, standing at 275 feet tall!
Big Trees Trail
[ADA Accessible] Easy 1.4 mile loop through giant sequoias
Tunnel Log
Crescent Meadow and Tharp's Log
Easy 2-mile hike; good stop for lunch with picnic tables and benches near carpark
Moro Rock
Hike up about 350 steps to enjoy panoramic views of the canyon below
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Washburn Point
[ADA Accessible] No hiking required; incredible views of Yosemite from a more southerly perspective compared to the view at Glacier Point. you'll see Half Dome edge-on and Illilouette Falls.
Glacier Point
[ADA Accessible] Watch sunset at this overlook with spectacular views of Yosemite Valley and Half Dome. Caution: winding mountain roads to get up to viewpoint.
The Ansel Adams Gallery
[Face masks required for entry] Marvel at the incredible photos of Yosemite and pick up souvenirs from the Ansel Adams Gallery
Swinging Bridge
Picturesque view of Yosemite Falls!
Olmsted Point
No hiking required - overlook with views of Cloud's Rest and Half Dome
Tenaya Lake
Take a dip in the crystal clear alpine waters of Tenaya Lake. Great spot for a picnic!
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Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve
Ancient lake over 1 million years old!
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Sentinel Dome & Taft Point
Moderate 5-mile loop with majestic views of El Capitan and Half Dome
Tunnel View
[ADA Accessible] No hiking required - Lookout point with views of El Capitan, Half Dome, and Bridalveil Fall.
Bridalveil Falls
The trail is closed for construction until end of 2020, but you can still see the falls from parts of Southside/ Northside Drive and it is beautiful at sunset!
Mirror Lake
Enjoy a dip in mirror lake (though the lake may dry up in late summer) while admiring half dome; 2 miles round-trip to lake head on a paved road.
Yosemite Falls
[ADA Accessible to base of lower Yosemite Falls] An easy, short 1-mile loop on paved path. Stop for a picnic lunch under the falls.
Cook's Meadow Loop
Rent a bike and cruise around this beautiful meadow!
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Erick Schat's Bakkery
Famous for its Original Sheepherder Bread, this bakery has a great selection of bread, pastries, donuts, sandwiches and more!
Convict Lake
Take a dip in the alpine lake or rent a kayak/ paddleboard from Convict Lake Resort
Twin Lakes
Beautiful lakes popular for fishing in the summer
Minaret Vista
Breathtaking panoramic view, great for viewing sunset!
Devil's Postpile National Monument
Cliff of exposed columnar basalt; 1-mile roundtrip hike from parking lot to the base of Devil's Postpile
Rainbow Falls
Hike to this beautiful waterfall on a 6-mile out-and-back trail via Devil's Postpile
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Manzanar National Historic Site
This site was one of the ten camps where Japanese Americans were held in detention during World War II. Visitor Center and exhibits are closed during COVID-19, but self-driving tour path and parking lots are open.
Mobius Arch Loop Trail
0.6-mile loop trail with scenic views of eroded rocks in the Alabama Hills Recreation Area; beware of extreme hot during the day in the summer here!
Cottonwood Creek Charcoal Kilns
Back in the 1870s, these kilns made of clay bricks were used to produce charcoal for silver miners in Cerro Gordo near Lone Pine.
Hagen Canyon Nature Trail
1.2-mile loop trail through colorful red cliffs; beware of extreme hot during the day in the summer here!
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Erick Schat's Bakkery
Famous for its Original Sheepherder Bread, this bakery has a great selection of bread, pastries, donuts, sandwiches and more!
Manzanar National Historic Site
This site was one of the ten camps where Japanese Americans were held in detention during World War II. Visitor Center and exhibits are closed during COVID-19, but self-driving tour path and parking lots are open.
Mobius Arch Loop Trail
0.6-mile loop trail with scenic views of eroded rocks in the Alabama Hills Recreation Area.
Cottonwood Creek Charcoal Kilns
Back in the 1870s, these kilns made of clay bricks were used to produce charcoal for silver miners in Cerro Gordo near Lone Pine.
Hagen Canyon Nature Trail
1.2-mile loop trail through colorful red cliffs; it gets extremely hot during the day here in the summer!
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