Things to Do
1. Yosemite Valley
There is so much to do in Yosemite Valley, plan your activities to make the most of your trip. You can view Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and Sentinel Dome by walking, biking, or taking the free shuttle around the Valley floor. To really get up close to these icons, go for a hike. The Mist Trail and Mirror Lake are good options.
2. Badger Pass Ski Area
The oldest and most affordable ski area in California, Badger Pass is a family-friendly ski resort that is perfect for beginners. Watch the kids from the resort's sun deck as they play on more than ten ski runs of varying difficulty.
3. Cross Country Skiing
Offering visitors access to some of the most beautiful vistas on earth, the Badger Pass® Ski Area is the place for cross-country skiing adventures. Enjoy nearly 350 miles of trails and roads in the park, beginning at Badger Pass, and over 90 miles of marked trails and 25 miles of machine-groomed track.
4. Ice Skating at Curry Village
A tradition since the 1930s, this one-of-a-kind Northern California skating rink offers breathtaking views, family-friendly fun and even just a hint of romance.
There is no better time to photograph Yosemite than when it is covered in a blanket of pure, fresh snow. There are several trails that usually are kept clear in Yosemite Valley that are perfect for photographing icons such as Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and EL Capitan.
6. Tunnel View
This breath-taking, panoramic viewpoint in Yosemite is a classic for any visitor to the park. Tunnel View is located just outside the Wawona Tunnel on Hwy 41. It’s at this specific area that El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall, and Half Dome couldn’t be more photogenic!
7. Mariposa Grove
Be amongst giants! Located near the park’s south entrance, Mariposa Grove of Big Trees is Yosemite’s largest collection of sequoias. You can take a self-guided hike through Mariposa Grove. The 209-foot Grizzly Giant is a simple 0.8-mile hike from the parking lot.
8. Snow Play
Not a skier or ice skater? No problem! Bring a sled or snow tube and go for it! There are several snow play areas throughout the park.
From the elegant and upscale Ahwahnee Hotel to the laid back Degnan's Deli at Yosemite Village, Yosemite offers all kinds of options.. Check out our dining section to see all the options the area offers.
10. Yosemite Village
Not sure where to start? Go to Yosemite Village and visit the Visitor's Center, Yosemite Museum, the replica Indian Village of the Ahwahnee, and watch the The Spirit of Yosemite at the Yosemite Theater. Rangers at the Visitor Center can help you plan your itinerary or help your kids earn their Junior Ranger badge.
Yosemite and its surrounding areas are so expansive, consider staying a few days to truly relax and enjoy its many attractions. Visit Yosemite in all its seasons – spring brings an explosion of color and rushing waterfalls, while summer is the perfect time for an exhilarating hike or leisurely rafting expedition. Autumn reveals itself in a blaze of spectacular yellow and rust colors as the leaves change, while winter offers an unmatched quiet, serenity, and beauty.
Throughout the park, you’ll find endless scenic beauty, with opportunities for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and so much more! Dining options include everything from fine-dining at The Ahwahnee Hotel to casual, family-friendly options at Curry Village. The surrounding areas also include a wide-range of options to enjoy after a long day in the park.
There are countless things to do while visiting Yosemite, to see even more view browse Outdoor Activities.