Museum-hop and Indulge in a Valley Dinner

Short on time or funds? Using the Yosemite Area Rapid Transit System (YARTS) and the free Park shuttles, it’s possible to experience Yosemite in a day for under $100 per adult. This is one of five single-day "Yosemite on a Shoestring" excursions featured on this map that is accessible from the Merced area. Link them together for a multi-day adventure, or check out the longer Trip Ideas for more options.

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Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS)
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Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS)
Natural Area | National Park or Monument
Ride YARTS from Merced Transpo (7am) or Merced Amtrak (7:10am), and arrive at Yosemite Valley Visitor Center at 9:47am

The Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) is a regularly scheduled, fixed route, public transit system that operates year-round in the Yosemite region. YARTS provides service into Yosemite National…

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Ansel Adams Gallery
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Ansel Adams Gallery
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Art Gallery or Studio
Visit The Ansel Adams Gallery, a FREE gallery showcasing the art of the iconic Ansel Adams. Accessible via a short walk from the Valley Visitor Center, this gallery is sure to inspire budding photographers and art lovers.

Located next to the Valley Visitor Center (Valley Shuttle stop #5), in the heart of Yosemite Valley, this gallery features art from the legendary landscape  photographer Ansel Adams, who found inspiration for many of his most famous photos in Yosemite.…

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Half Dome Village
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Half Dome Village
Accommodation | Lodge or Resort
Eat your packed lunch along one of the trails, or at nearby Curry Village.

In 1899, David and Jenny Curry opened a tented camp so that visitors could enjoy the beauty of Yosemite National Park for a modest price. The legacy and model that made…

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Nature Center at Happy Isles
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Nature Center at Happy Isles
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Nature and Wildlife Center
Take the Valley Shuttle to Stop #16 at Happy Isles and explore the Nature Center at Happy Isles, where children and adults can discover the wonders of Yosemite through interpretive displays and trails.

This family-friendly nature center is FREE and open to the public from 9am-5pm May-September. It is a short walk from the Happy Isles shuttle bus stop (#16), and is the center for the Junior Ranger program.

Several short hiking trails…

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Yosemite Valley Lodge Restaurants
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Yosemite Valley Lodge Restaurants
Food or Drink | Restaurant
Return to the Valley Visitor Center, and enjoy an early dinner at the Mountain Room Lounge (opens at 4:30) or at one of the Yosemite Village Restaurants before the journey home.
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Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS)
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Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS)
Natural Area | National Park or Monument
Hop back on the YARTS bus at the Valley Visitor Center at 5:55pm, and return to the Merced Amtrak station at 8:27pm or the Merced Transpo station at 8:37pm.

The Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) is a regularly scheduled, fixed route, public transit system that operates year-round in the Yosemite region. YARTS provides service into Yosemite National…

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1 Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS)
2 Ansel Adams Gallery
3 Half Dome Village
4 Nature Center at Happy Isles
5 Yosemite Valley Lodge Restaurants
6 Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS)