The wanderlust got us good in Yosemite, and after exploring its vast majesty—as much of the 747,956 acres as we could—we understand every reason the California grand land motivated John Muir to campaign for a U.S. National Parks system.
Our recommendations: If you absolutely dig jaw-dropping vistas, stray a little from the standard of Yosemite Valley and make the trek to Mirror Lake, then jump in and become part of the beauty. When you’re all pruney, take Tioga Road over the meadows and mountains, through the expansive groves of colossal sequoias, sure to stop at each waterfall. And we trust you wouldn’t have missed El Capitan along the way. Tuckered out from all the touring? Head to one more lake, Siesta Lake, break out that HOMAGE fleece blanket, and catch some Z’s. If you’re one of the lucky few, you might even eye one of the park’s rare black bears. Yosemite, so much to see.