Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite National Park

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#6 of 25 in Parks in Yosemite National Park
At 188 m (617 ft) tall, Bridalveil Fall is one of the highlights of Yosemite National Park. This fall flows year-round, and was named for the mist that blows off it on breezy days, which resembles a bridal veil. In the spring, you can see the fall at its most powerful, roaring with snowmelt. The Ahwahneechee tribe believed the fall was home to a vengeful spirit, and according to legend, if you look directly at the waterfall when leaving the valley, you will be cursed. However, the tribe also believed inhaling the mist would increase your chance of marrying. The park features an easy, short hike to get a close-up view of the natural wonder. Bring water as it's not available at the trailhead or parking area. Our Yosemite National Park trip builder website makes visiting Bridalveil Fall and other Yosemite National Park attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • The most visited and most famous waterfall of Yosemite NP. Really huge and amazing, easy accesible and simply enjoyable  more »
  • On the way to Yosemite Valley are the first ring you meet. Park the car and then quickly come to a short path through the Woods to the waterfall. CUTE
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  • I suggest going off season, or at least, mid-week. Otherwise, a parking lot. The falls are an easy 5 minute paved walk from the parking lot. Once you reach the viewing area, large boulders and cold wa...  more »
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  • Accessible and beautiful granite cliffs. Would be amazing when there is a lot of water. Get to the fall via board walks and trails.
  • This iconic waterfall is best seen in the late afternoon. It was at its best in May 2017, thanks to the extraordinary snow fall during the past winter. The abundant mist would make it challenging to take pictures close-by.
  • Very accessible and rewarding trail. You can see dears on the halfway.
  • Beautiful and a decent size fall with pretty views. Loved the small hike close to 0.5 miles to the fall. Take your poncho with you if you prefer not to get wet. Must go to the bottom of the fall.
  • Really nice place the water is cold ❄️❄️

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Where to stay in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park offers something for everyone. Choose from upscale or historic hotels, a well-appointed lodge, motel rooms, rustic cabins, canvas tent cabins, and developed campgrounds. Yosemite Village in the heart of the valley is the most convenient place to stay, but other accommodations line the roads leading to the village. If you can't secure a place inside the park, try the various lodges, inns, bed and breakfasts, cabins, cottages, and motels on the roads leading in from the west. Staying any further out can cost you valuable time that you could be spending hiking, biking, and sightseeing. To escape from the crowds in the valley, reserve a campsite at Crane Flat or Hodgdon Meadow, which are far enough out to provide solitude but close enough to reach major valley attractions in less than half an hour. Campgrounds along Tioga Road see even fewer crowds. If you plan to visit in summer, you must reserve accommodations (even campsites) well in advance, as Yosemite remains extremely popular with both visitors from afar and those based in California.
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