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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 14th, 2008, 1:23 pm Thread Starter
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OK guys, help me out here.

The wife is of a mind to see Yosemite. To that end,
I'm taking July off that's right, the whole month and
we're heading west. In the car

So, at the top of my list of things to do is see to it that
she gets to see Yosemite.

Any tips on where to stay near the park.

What's the traffic like? I'm planning to be there
midweek, not on the weekends.

Anything I need to know?

thanks

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 14th, 2008, 2:24 pm
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I wish I could get that kind of time off!!!

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Mid week is better than the weekend, but it will likely be busy anyway. IF you really want to treat her try to get a reservation at the Ahwanee Lodge inside the park.

http://www.yosemitepark.com/Accommod...eAhwahnee.aspx

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 15th, 2008, 3:15 am
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Any tips on where to stay near the park.

What's the traffic like? I'm planning to be there midweek, not on the weekends.

Anything I need to know?

thanks
Midweek traffic is pretty light. If you're going to stay in the park, make reservations early. Last year would be good. (Sometimes they get cancellations though.) There really aren't a lot of places to stay in the park unless you camp, and even then you need reservations unless you're going to hike in a ways.

I've stayed several times in Lee Vining, at the East end of 120. It's just a few miles outside the park, but pretty far from the valley. Also, if you drive through to Lee Vining you're really going to hate not having the bike... anyway, reservations help there if you don't want to end up in trashy little cabins, but you can make them same day midweek with no problem. Mono lake is worth a visit.

I've only stayed once in the El Portal area, which has much better access to the valley. I remember a bunch of travelodge type places along 140 there, not much to see from the hotels.

A month is a long time to spend in Yosemite, unless you're backpacking or something. If you feel like branching out, Mammoth is a nice little mountain town. Lake Tahoe area is always good for a break too, and there's stuff to see on all the passes (120, 108, 4, 88/89) but again these are a lot more fun on the bike.

Get a trailer and bring the bike with you...
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I've stayed several times in Lee Vining, at the East end of 120. It's just a few miles outside the park, but pretty far from the valley. Also, if you drive through to Lee Vining you're really going to hate not having the bike... anyway, reservations help there if you don't want to end up in trashy little cabins, but you can make them same day midweek with no problem. Mono lake is worth a visit.........
A month is a long time to spend in Yosemite, unless you're backpacking or something. .
We're only spending a couple days in Yosemite. I need the month to actually
get to and from California given that we're in Ohio. I also plan to see S.F. , wine
country and the coast b/t s.f. and Crescent City.

As much fun as the bike would be, I'm thinking the '07 VW GTI will do the trick

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As much fun as the bike would be, I'm thinking the '07 VW GTI will do the trick
...and towing a bike would dampen the fun of the GTI. The '86 VW GTI was my first "real" (not parents' or rustheap) car, and I drove it from WI to CA when I moved here for my first job. That was a fun trip... once we got to Colorado. The drive up the coast in July should be great.
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I took Friday off and headed to Yosemite last weekend. There's a lot of road construction going on but otherwise it was fantastic. Been going there for over 30 years and it still amazes me each visit. Here's some pics from this weekend to whet you appetite, but the pictures do not do the park justice, it is impossible to capture the scale and beuaty in photographs, some of the rock faces are 3,000 feet tall and the trees and waterfalls are extreme :
































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We went to Yosemite last June on the RS mid week. For some reason there was a long wait at the gate. After that traffic wasn't bad but you don't get anywhere fast. Lines for food were really long.

Check out Glacier Point. You can see all of Yosemite valley and at least 2 if not 3 falls.

Enjoy the trip!!!

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Thumbs up Yosemite Valley

Hey Ed.

Great report and the pics are fantastic, Wish I was there right now.

Hope to see you at the 49er ralley however a storm is a brewin for the weekend.

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Thanks Fletch, I'll be looking for you if I go

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