This museum contains one of the most complete collections of Paiute and Shoshone baskets in the country, as well as artifacts from the Manzanar National…
Must see attractions in Yosemite & the Sierra Nevada
- EEastern California Museum
- WWawona Swinging Bridge
Metal cables anchored to boulders on both ends of this 40 ft span over the South Fork of the Merced River keep the wobbling relatively light. Nice spot…
- SStoneman Bridge
An iconic spot, both as a perfect foreground structure for photos of Half Dome in the distance and for its simple, elegant single-arch stone design over…
- WWapama Falls
These falls, on the north side of the Hetch Hetchy reservoir, fall more than 1000ft and are a worthy destination for a 5-mile round-trip hike from the O…
- PPanorama Gondola
Year round, a vertiginous gondola whisks sightseers to the apex of Mammoth Mountain for breathless views of snow-speckled mountaintops. Leaves from near…
- GGiant Sequoia National Monument
Created in 2000 and administered by the US Forest service, the Giant Sequoia National Monument includes two sections of protected forest totaling over 328…
- WWashburn Point
On the way to Glacier Point, less than a mile away, this viewpoint faces east toward the Clark Range, so no sweeping view of Yosemite Valley. Still,…
- NNavy Beach
The best place for swimming in Mono Lake is at Navy Beach. It’s also the best place to put in canoes or kayaks.
- GGrizzly Falls
The base of these 80ft falls is a short walk from Hwy 180, about 4 miles west of Cedar Grove in Kings Canyon. There's a picnic area here with bathrooms.
- TTueeulala Falls
These falls, pronounced twee-lala, drop more than 1000ft over a sheer granite cliff on the north side of the Hetch Hetchy reservoir.
- LLyell Canyon
This lovely canyon, which includes a section that is part of the John Muir Trail, follows the Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River.
- MMcGurk Meadow
Lush wildflower-strewn meadow with a historic log cabin. Makes for a nice, leisurely stroll.
- SSentinel Bridge
This bridge over the Merced River has fantastic views of Half Dome and Yosemite Falls.
- VValley View
Views of El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall can be had from this valley-floor turnout.
- DDewey Point Lookout
There are panoramic views of Yosemite Valley from this 7385ft ridge lookout.
- HHospital Rock
The Potwisha people, a band of Monache (also known as Western Mono), originally lived at this site. When the first white settler, Hale Tharp, arrived in…
- TTunnel Rock
In the 1930s, no one anticipated the development of monster SUVs. About 1.5 miles north of the Foothills Visitor Center, a flat granite boulder on the…
- UUpside-Down House
The Upside-Down House, a kooky tourist attraction created by silent-film actress Nellie Bly O’Bryan, is worth a quick look. Originally situated along…
- PPioneer Yosemite History Center
Off Wawona Rd, about 6 miles north of Mariposa Grove, you can take in the manicured grounds of the elegant Big Trees Lodge and cross a covered bridge to…
- TThree Rivers Historical Museum
Holds a small collection of local ranching, mining and domestic artifacts, as well as an archive of historical photographs and newspaper clippings. The…