USA Road Trip: Yosemite National Park

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Top of the Tioga Pass

Our RV was not the biggest fan of the route we took from Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park. First we went up Luther pass (el. 2,359m), then Monitor pass (el. 2,534m) and finally Tioga pass (el. 3,031m). Our RV did it like a pro without complaining and we were glad it didn’t break down.

The drive through Yosemite National Park to the Visitor Center was amazing! We saw amazing landscapes and got our first impressions of the park.

View from a road in Yosemite

El Capitan during sunset

We arrived at the Park’s visitor center at around 19:30 and it was PACKED! There were so many people everywhere. We grabbed dinner there and searched for a campground that still had sites available. We ended up staying at Bridalveil Creek Campground, seemingly in the middle of nowhere. It was clear that people were feeding the squirrles here because no squirrel would ever get that fat otherwise.

The next morning we drove to Washburn Point which offers amazing views of Yosemite. We enjoyed the view and ate breakfast there. Best view at breakfast ever! We parked up our RV at the visitor center and went onto the Mist Trail up to Vernal Falls. This is an amazing trail and the views you get of the waterfalls at the end are stunning. The trail is pretty steep at some points and I don’t recommend doing the trail with flip flops. Even the kids walked most part of the trail up. You should also take enough water with you. There are a few filling stations alongside the trail but the water has chlorine in it so it’s not very good.

Waterfall in Yosemite

We took the John Muir trail back down to the visitor center. This trail gets much wider and there were also horses on the trail.

We loved Yosemite and would have really liked to stay longer here but the amount of people was a bit annoying. It’s a gorgeous park but it kinda lost the appeal a bit because there are so many people on the trails. It feels more like standing in line to see something than actually hiking up a trail. I suppose if you want to see Yosemite a bit more you would have to go out a few days and get to the less popular areas of the park where there are less people. This is not very easy with little kids so we decided to leave Yosemite again. But I might have to do a more in-depth visit in the future.

We discussed the route for the next few days and we wanted to visit Sequoia National Park. But after researching a little bit we found out that that wasn’t possible due to wildfires. So instead we set course to our next destination which would be Las Vegas.

Sign warning for Mountain Lions

Finding an empty campground wasn’t very easy again and we ended up driving out of the park and found a great campground in Coarsegold. We stayed at the Yosemite South Koa Campground. They also had a pool and who doesn’t like pools?

If you’re not much of reader you can always watch the videos I made in Yosemite National Park.

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