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Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park

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With three separate drops measuring 739 m (2,425 ft) in total, Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in North America and ranks among the top ten in the world. It can be seen from many places throughout the Yosemite Valley, but you can also hike to the base and the top of the waterfall. An easy hike to the base is wheelchair accessible and rewards you with a stunning view of the upper drop. Just be careful of the slippery ground and don’t be surprised if you get sprayed by the water. The trail to the top offers breathtaking views of the valley, but you should consider it only if you’re a serious hiker. Make Yosemite Falls a centerpiece of your Yosemite National Park vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Yosemite National Park family vacation planner.
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  • This is a short easy hike that lead to the bottom of the falls. The experience is magnificent as the views. The only thing it was so crowded it was almost impossible to take a photo without tons of st...  more »
  • The lower falls are beautiful and easy to reach, while the tall ones require 3 hours of walking and physical skills important. We have therefore caused jump ... to see, trying not to exit the trail. Leave the flip-flops and bring shoes some techniques, especially if you want to try to get close to the water.
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  • One of the many hikes we did while in the park, we road our bikes to the trail head and hiked about a mile to the bottom of the falls. There is a viewing bridge and you can climb to the pool at the ba...  more »
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  • One of the easiest and shortest hikes. It's about 15-20 minutes to get there and the view of the waterfall is just stunning! We had never experienced anything like it was this year and we have been there a few times but we were there from the 20-22 of June 2017 and we enjoyed it more this year. The river had lots of water and the mist was just incredible! Will never forget that amazing experience and I'm sure our kids won't either. The best thing of thus small hike is that the path is not directly on the sun so it's shady.
  • We spent our honey moon there. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. The mountains, trees and the falls are beautiful. There is a wonderful lake that we happen to find on our way to Yosemite's lower fall (you might find it on the map). We stayed at a hotel (Best Western Plus Sonora Oaks hotel) and we loved the hotel as the pricing was great ,the breakfast was provided by a restaurant in front of the hotel itself that was delicious, was very clean and close to the Park. I would definitely go back to Yosemite for another vacation but probably during April or May as the falls are not as dry as during September and October.
  • One of the easiest and most stunning areas in Yosemite Valley. A casual walk from the visitor centre and car park. Gentle walk along a modern trail. During Spring we saw the snow and ice breaking at the same time as blazing sunshine. It's possible to go off the trail into more wild sections. One of the most stunning and accessible scenes in the area.
  • Perfect hike for families or if you arrive during the afternoon and just want to do something the first day. Just remember when it comes to The Valley, during peak season it is impossible to find parking if you don't arrive early. We slept in one morning, and when we arrived at 11 AM there was an estimated queue of 3(!) hours to drive in to the village. Haha, seriously- don't even think of arriving late.
  • Beautiful majestic place to see enchanting waterfall, short hike away from the Yosemite valley lodge and bus stops

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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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