Merced Grove

Yosemite National Park

A dirt road, closed to cars, dips steeply down the smallest, densest and quietest sequoia grove in the park.

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2. Tunnel View

9.62 MILES

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3. Inspiration Point

10.06 MILES

Some of Yosemite's best vistas are granted to those who hike the steep, 1.3-mile trail up to this viewpoint. Inspiration Point used to be a spot along an…

4. Rainbow Pool

10.18 MILES

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5. Valley View

10.3 MILES

Views of El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall can be had from this valley-floor turnout.

6. Yosemite National Park

10.87 MILES

Yosemite means "killer" in the Indigenous Miwok language, and in today's parlance it's indeed an impressive, awesome site. Everywhere you look in Yosemite…

7. Ribbon Falls

10.88 MILES

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8. Bridalveil Fall

11.24 MILES

At the southwestern end of the valley, Bridalveil Fall tumbles 620ft. The Ahwahneechee people call it Pohono (Spirit of the Puffing Wind), as gusts often…