Yosemite National Park is one of the most well known and most gorgeous national parks in the United States. There is an absolute TON to see, so knowing what you want to do is of upmost importance. If you only have one day to explore the park, the below 5 attractions/stops will be a perfect agenda for you!
If you’re coming into Yosemite from Southern California, it’s very likely that you’ll enter through Tunnel View. This sets the precedent for your day with the most iconic view in the park. Half Dome, Bridalveil Falls, and a gorgeous valley full of trees can be seen encompassed by massive cliffs.
You can’t go to Yosemite and not see the tallest waterfall in North America. This thing is so tall that you literally can’t see the whole thing if you’re standing beneath it. You’ll love standing beneath the falls and feeling the force of the water blow you back and the mist hit your face. It is literally the perfect refresher on a hot afternoon!
Bridalveil Falls is a great stop for many reasons. Bridalveil is one of the most prominent waterfalls in the park as visitors can see it on the Bridalveil Falls trail as well as from Tunnel View and many other areas of the park.
The area around Bridalveil Falls also provides an awesome view of El Capitan. Here you’ll see some dare devil climbers blowing your mind as they scale the massive mountain.
The most iconic site in Yosemite National Park is probably Half Dome. From Yosemite Valley and many other parts in the park you can get awesome views of Half Dome. Tunnel View actually provides one of the best views of Half Dome that we have found. If you’re a hiker or a climber, Half Dome is going to be heaven for you.
The Mirror Lake hike is a great short hike to a gorgeous lake that has an incredible reflective nature. The hike is about a mile and ends with your arrival at Mirror Lake. The lake itself is surrounded by Yosemite’s gorgeous mountains that you can see reflecting in the lake when the sun is in the right position.