Top Choice Forest in Yosemite National Park

Mariposa Grove

With their massive stature and multimillennium maturity, the chunky high-rise sequoias of Mariposa Grove will make you feel rather insignificant. The largest grove of giant sequoias in the park, these approximately …
Top Choice Viewpoint in Yosemite National Park

Glacier Point

If you drove up here, the views from 7214ft Glacier Point can make you feel like you cheated somehow – a huge array of superstar sights present themselves without any physical effort. A quick mosey up from the parki…
Museum in Yosemite National Park

Nature Center at Happy Isles

An aging but still fun hands-on nature museum, the Nature Center displays explain the differences between the park’s various pinecones, rocks, animal tracks and (everyone’s favorite subject) scat. Out back, don’t mi…
Museum in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Museum

This museum (often closed noon to 1pm) has Miwok and Paiute artifacts, including woven baskets, beaded buckskin dresses and dance capes made from feathers, and Native American cultural demonstrators engage visitors …
National Park in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

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Gallery in Yosemite National Park

Ansel Adams Gallery

Few know about it, but original Ansel Adams photographic prints are shown at Yosemite Valley's Ansel Adams Gallery. The curator-led 'Fine Print' tour is limited to five people; call in advance to reserve a spot. For…
Historic Building in Yosemite National Park

Pioneer Yosemite History Center

In Wawona, about 6 miles north of Mariposa Grove, take in the manicured grounds of the elegant Big Trees Lodge and cross a covered bridge to this rustic center, where some of the park’s oldest buildings were relocat…
Historic Building in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center

Built by the Sierra Club in 1903, this small, rustic, granite-and-wood lodge offers a glimpse into a relatively unknown chapter of California architecture. Designed by Berkeley architect John White, the building sit…
Historic Building in Yosemite National Park

Parsons Memorial Lodge

Nearby Soda Springs stands this simple but beautifully rugged cabin built in 1915 from local granite. It initially served as a Sierra Club meeting room and was named for Edward Taylor Parsons (1861–1914), an adventu…
Arts Center in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Art Center

In late spring, summer and fall, this center holds daily art classes that feature a different artist and medium (watercolor, pastel, acrylic etc) each week. Register ahead to ensure a spot. Classes usually take plac…