Carved stone steps lead up along a cliffside while across the way water pours over a rock face.

Day Hikes in Yosemite: The Essentials

Yosemite’s many trails offer lots of choices for day-hikers, from the popular paths of Yosemite Valley to more secluded hikes in Tuolumne Meadows. Ann Marie Brown tells day hikers what to bring along to stay comfortable, safe, and happy while enjoying the park’s gorgeous views.

Water pools around small smooth stones with the grassy valley and rising mountains in the distance.

Gateways to Yosemite: Places to Stay Outside the Park

If you want a small inn or inexpensive motel for your visit to Yosemite, consider staying outside the park proper and driving in each day. Here are some great accommodations located in towns near both the west and south entrances to the park, as well as restaurants and other useful stops nearby.

Black and white photo of John Muir seated on a rock facing right with a lake behind him.

John Muir: Father of the National Parks

What kind of person would fight so passionately to preserve and protect the lands of Yosemite? Moon Yosemite author Ann Marie Brown discusses the life and legacy of John Muir: conservationist, geologist, botanist, mountaineer, prolific writer, mechanical genius, wilderness advocate, and founder and first president of the Sierra Club.

Sunlight filters down to the base of massive sequioa redwood trunks.

Yosemite for Kids: A Five-Day Itinerary

You may be enthralled by Yosemite’s scenery—waterfalls leaping thousands of feet over granite cliffs, giant sequoias as wide as your living room, delicate wildflowers painting grassy meadows with a kaleidoscope of color—but your kids may be a tougher audience. Ann Marie Brown offers a five-day itinerary that includes lots of fun kid stuff.

The profile of Yosemite's famous Half Dome as seen from Glacier Point.

Picking the Best Sights for One Day in Yosemite

It’s not ideal to spend only one day in Yosemite, but if that’s the way your vacation is scheduled, you’ll need to make the most of your time. Ann Marie Brown shares advice to make sure you experience the park’s best sights.

The bare stone of Lembert Dome is lit by alpenglow and reflected in a lake.

Discover Yosemite National Park

Plunging waterfalls, stark granite, alpine lakes, pristine meadows, giant sequoia trees, and raging rivers—you’ll find them all in Yosemite National Park. At 1,169 square miles and 750,000 acres, the park is nearly the size of Rhode Island and one of the most popular national parks in the United States, visited by more than 3.5 million people each year.