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Review of Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley
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US$135.00*
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Private Guided Hiking Tour in Yosemite
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Many climbers consider Yosemite Valley among the world's very best climbing sites.
Reviewed 25 May 2012

Fabulous, educated, omnipresent and unhurried rangers. Wonderful educational programs (the John Muir program moved my 9 year old to tears, and both my 7 and 9 year olds loved the Buffalo Soldier program--sit them in the front for this one)
Great shuttle service.
fyi Mosquitos in May! They are easily deterred by repellent sold at gift stores, but don't be like me and wait to get bitten before buying the repellent.

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Reviewed 23 May 2012

Great views of the waterfalls. We were there in May when the snow was still melting. Did not see much wildlife - only some mule deer. Yosemite is beautiful for its views but if you want wildlife viewing, better go to some of the other national parks (yellowstone, tetons, rockies, smokies). I was shocked at how crowded it was in the middle of May.

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Reviewed 20 May 2012

I was surprised to see that Yosemite had so many water falls. The month of May is the best time to view these falls since the water flow slows down or ends after May. My favorite spot was Glacier Point. The road is full of curves and you have to be careful. However, the views of the park are spectacular and worth the drive. I have been to most of the National Parks in the West and I would have to rate Yosemite as one of the best. We did not take the Tioga Road since the distance was to great. I would suggest spending 2 or 3 days unless you want to do any hiking. The biggest draw back is the restroom facilities. They are pit toilets and were not very clean. Also there is a lot of driving involved since most rooms are located outside of the park. Still it is worth the time of visit this park. We were there the 8th of May and left the 11th of May. The weather was great.

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Reviewed 19 May 2012

Ansel Adams used his photography to describe the Yosemite Valley - a wise choice since words are totally inadequate. It is truly a magical place where the landscape is breathtaking and the light changes every minute of the day. Any photographer should plan to spend - at a minimum - one full day at the park, from sunrise to sunset to capture the essence of this place. Realistically, a visit of several days to a week is needed to do a complete portrait of Yosemite. The park has some of the best preserved alpine glacial features in the world and should be on the 'bucket list' of everyone interested in earth science. Unfortunately, since it is on the 'bucket list' of so many people, the crowds can be quite overwhelming at many of the most popular view points - so much so that it is difficult to get a good photograph without hordes of people in the foreground. Regardless, brave the crowds, it is definitely worth the trip.

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Reviewed 18 May 2012 via mobile

This valley is a spiritual place, old history, science, mother nature, all combined singing a sweet sound of water flowing through the earth. Sounds silly, but it's something you can't describe, you just need to see it yourself. I've heard that for years, until I saw it for myself. I went bike riding on the bike path, and it was like no other place I've ever seen riding a bike. It's a feeling like no other place too!

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