Yosemite National Park is one of the most beautiful places in the world. If you have never been it is certainly bucket list item. We traveled to this far away land for an epic adventure.
Come with us as we give you the blow-by-blow over our five-day stay.
“Not just a great valley, but a shrine to human foresight, the strength of granite, the power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra.
First protected in 1864, Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more.”
From the National Park Service website (NPS) https://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm
The park, which is managed by the U.S. National Park Service, covers an area of 747,956 acres.
Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its amazing cliffs, waterfalls, streams, giant sequoia groves, meadows, glaciers, and biological diversity.
Almost 95% of the park is designated wilderness.
When you stay at Yosemite there are several options for lodging. There are both plain and luxury cabins as well as pre fabricated tents.. even designated campgrounds. If you feel the urge to do-it-yourself and bring a camper there is also designated land for this.
There are many searches you can find on Google for Yosemite lodging but a good place to start is the Yosemite national Park services website page that has all of the lodging together in one place. You can put in your time of stay and the search engine will look at all of the lodging at one time for you.
Here is the link: https://www.travelyosemite.com/lodging/yosemite-lodging-experience/
We Stayed At Yosemite’s half dome village. https://www.travelyosemite.com/lodging/half-dome-village.
These are pre-fabricated tents already built with wooden floors. The perfect set up for glamping.
The website description is: “Half Dome Village (formerly known as Curry Village) is the largest lodging facility in Yosemite Valley. Half Dome Village offers many lodging options including, a motel, cabins with private restrooms/showers, and tent cabins without plumbing.
Half Dome Village is one of the most popular lodging options inside Yosemite Park, because of its popularity Half Dome Village sells out quickly; make your reservations 10-12 months in advance to ensure availability of your lodging needs.”
The tents can accommodate anywhere from 2 to 5 people, showers are shared and there are some tents that are heated.. but the heat is only applicable during the winter months.
The Yosemite National Park website continues, “Like most properties inside the park, Half Dome Village rooms do not have televisions or air conditioning. Half Dome Village is conveniently located in the south central part of Yosemite Valley.”
There is cooking and campfire making allowed.. Just not near these particular locations. There are specific locations designated needed for such activities.
While Half Dome Village does not offer facilities for cooking food just a short walk from the Half Dome Village area there is the commons food court area. At the front office there is a newsletter and hand outs that has all listed activities and restaurants both near and far for your scheduling needs.
The commons village area has 3 restaurants.
Hand-tossed pizza, fresh salads and cold drinks are served on the outdoor deck, surrounded by great views of Glacier Point. Hours are 11AM- 10PM.
Half Dome Village Pavilion
Traditional home style cooking is a Yosemite Park tradition from Mother Curry’s Kitchen.
Breakfast 7 AM -10 AM
Dinner 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Half Dome Village’s Meadow Grill offers a wide variety of grilled burgers, chicken sandwiches, fish sandwiches, salads and vegetarian options.
11 AM- 8PM
You will also find a small bar and a Peete’s coffee. The pizza was by far the most popular as well as tasty.
There is a general store nestled in between these restaurants where you can find snacks, chips, ice, and a variety of other essential items you may have forgotten or run out of. This store closes around 11PM.
You should know that two the restaurants also close early at 8PM.
Follow us in our next blog when we talk about day trip’s, Wi-Fi and the bus route.. OMG. We saved the frustrating points for part two.