Romantic Getaway in Yosemite Valley

Is it time to splurge a little on your sweetheart? There are luxurious options for dining and lodging in the heart of the Park that offer a comfortable haven at the end of a long day exploring. By taking the YARTS bus to the Park and utilizing the free Valley Shuttle, this trip can all be enjoyed without bringing the car or breaking the bank!

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Day 1

Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS)
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Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS)
Natural Area | National Park or Monument
Take YARTS from Merced and arrive at the Yosemite Valley Visitors Center

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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Yosemite Valley Lodge
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Yosemite Valley Lodge
Accommodation | Hotel or Motel
As the closest lodging to Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Lodge is a great choice for those who want to play and stay in the heart of the Valley. With 241 newly renovated eco-friendly rooms (some including bunk beds) and 4 Family rooms, there are options available for everyone wanting very comfortable accommodation in the center of the Yosemite Valley!

Nestled among the 100-year-old cedar trees, massive granite walls, and Yosemite Falls is Yosemite Valley Lodge, formerly known as Yosemite Lodge at the Falls.  The Lodge has seen many changes from its beginning, when it served as headquarters for…

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Yosemite Falls MoonBow
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Yosemite Falls MoonBow
Natural Area | Lake, River, or Waterfall
View the falls from the bottom via a paved trail from the Visitors Center that takes you to a great viewpoint of Lower Yosemite Fall, or challenge yourself with a steep hike up to the top via the Upper Yosemite Fall Trail. You can stop at Columbia Rock after a mile for exceptional views of the Valley and the Falls, or continue up the strenuous trail another 2.6 miles and look down on the breathtaking Upper Yosemite Fall! Total round-trip distance to the top and back is 7.2 miles. Restrooms and various dining options are available near the Visitors Center, at the bottom of the Falls. During a spring full moon, you may even catch a glimpse of a “moonbow” on the Falls!

Yosemite Falls is the highest measured waterfall in North America. The total 739 meters (2,420 ft) from the top of the upper falls to the base of the lower falls qualifies Yosemite Falls as the sixth highest waterfall in the world.

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Yosemite Valley Lodge Restaurants
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Yosemite Valley Lodge Restaurants
Food or Drink | Restaurant
Three restaurants situated around the Yosemite Lodge offer options for any dining preference: The Mountain Room Restaurant has fine dining in an elegant atmosphere; The Mountain Room Lounge serves light appetizers and cocktails; and The Yosemite Lodge Food Court is a great spot for casual dining, coffee, and picnic items.
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Yosemite Guided Bus Tours
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Yosemite Guided Bus Tours
Outdoor Adventures | Guide or Outfitter
Finish the evening with the Moonlight Tour (2 hours, open air tram), or Stargazing tour (4 hours, including a 1-hour astronomy lesson!), with Yosemite Guided Bus Tours. Led by highly experienced and knowledgeable Park guides, Yosemite Guided Bus Tours will show you some of the Park’s historical and cultural highlights on a variety of themed tours. Prices begin at $25 for adults, $23 for seniors (62+) and $13 for children 5-12, children under 5 are free! Family pricing is also available. Reservations are encouraged but not necessary. Prior to arriving in the Park, call (209) 372-4386 for reservations. Once in the Park, reservations can be made at any Tour & Activity Desk or by calling x1240 from any house phone.

Whether you're interested in cultural and natural history, astronomy - or you just want to see Yosemite National Park’s legendary big trees - our Yosemite bus tours…

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Day 2

Yosemite Valley Lodge
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Yosemite Valley Lodge
Accommodation | Hotel or Motel
Rent bikes from the Lodge and explore the Park via 12 miles of paved bike paths. Rental rates are $12/hour and $34/day. Pick up a trail map at the rental shop.

Nestled among the 100-year-old cedar trees, massive granite walls, and Yosemite Falls is Yosemite Valley Lodge, formerly known as Yosemite Lodge at the Falls.  The Lodge has seen many changes from its beginning, when it served as headquarters for…

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Picnic Areas at Yosemite National Park
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Picnic Areas at Yosemite National Park
Outdoor Adventures | Scenic Viewpoint
Stop and enjoy a picnic lunch at Sentinel Beach Picnic Area, which has picnic tables, grills, vault toilets, and garbage/recycling receptacles.

Pack a lunch and visit the Picnic/Day Use Areas in the Park! With your lunches packed and plenty of water on board, pedal along the 12 miles of paved trails and take a lunch break at one of the beautiful Picnic/Day Use Areas in the Park:

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Sentinel Bridge
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Sentinel Bridge
Outdoor Adventures | Scenic Viewpoint
Nearby Sentinel Bridge offers plenty of photo opportunities, with a spectacular view of Half Dome reflected on the Merced River and Yosemite Falls nearby.

Located within Yosemite National Park, Sentinel Bridge is famous for its spectacular views of Half Dome reflected in the Merced River. From the bridge it is also…

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Mirror Lake Trail
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Mirror Lake Trail
Outdoor Adventures | Hiking Trail or Trailhead
Ride to the Mirror Lake Trail, then lock up the bikes and take one hour to walk to the lake and back on a 2 mile paved trail, or make a loop around the lake for a total of 5 miles in 2-3 hours. When Tenaya Creek is flowing with fresh snowmelt, Mirror Lake provides gorgeous reflective views of the surrounding cliffs. In late summer and fall, the lake may be quite low and is often referred to as Mirror Meadow.

The Mirror Lake Trail is a beautiful, easy hike that can be completed as a one hour round trip or a two to three hour loop. The lake itself is at its fullest during the spring and early summer when Tenaya Creek is flowing. During summer months,…

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Yosemite Theater
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Yosemite Theater
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Theater
Return your bikes to the Lodge and take in some culture with The Yosemite Theater and Yosemite Art Center. Films and live performances are held nightly at this theater behind the Valley Visitors Center, with tickets available in the Visitor Center ($4 for children/$8 for adults).

The Yosemite Theater is run by Yosemite National Park's non-profit Yosemite Conservancy with help from concessionaire Delaware North Companies and the National Park Service.

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The Majestic Yosemite Dining Room & Bar
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The Majestic Yosemite Dining Room & Bar
Food or Drink | Restaurant
Return to the Lodge for dinner, or get all dressed up and check out the amazing Ahwahnee Dining Room and Bar for your final night’s meal. The elegant and legendary Ahwahnee Dining Room serves gourmet food in a “resort casual” setting. Reservations are highly recommended for dinner and Sunday brunch, and encouraged for breakfast and lunch. For a more casual dining experience, The Ahwahnee Bar offers both indoor seating and outdoor dining, where visitors can enjoy views of Half Dome and Glacier Point. The bar serves cocktails and light meals and hosts a coffee bar in the morning.

The crown jewel of Yosemite dining, the award-winning Majestic Yosemite Dining Room is both magnificent and intimate. Reflecting the historic design of

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Day 3

The Majestic Yosemite Hotel
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The Majestic Yosemite Hotel
Accommodation | Hotel or Motel
If you didn’t make it to the Ahwahnee for dinner, be sure to splurge on their elegant Sunday brunch before heading home!

The Majestic Yosemite Hotel, formerly known as The Ahwahnee shines as Yosemite National Park’s distinctive AAA® Four-Diamond hotel.  Known for its magnificent façade and architecture,…

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Ansel Adams Gallery
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Ansel Adams Gallery
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Art Gallery or Studio
A visit to Yosemite wouldn’t be complete without a stop in The Ansel Adams Gallery. Located next to the Valley Visitor Center, this gallery features art from the legendary photographer Ansel Adams, and has free entry, a gift shop, and many activities (such as free Camera Walks each Mon, Tues, Thurs & Sat through summer, departing at 9am - advance registration required).

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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Degnan's Deli, Cafe and Loft Yosemite Village
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Take one last stroll around the Village and pick up some snacks at Degnan’s Deli or Degnan’s cafe in the Yosemite Village Restaurants for your journey home.

Degnans Deli, Cafe and Loft are located in the centre of Yosemite Village. These conveniently located restaurants provide reasonably priced snacks and meals for visitors to the Valley.

Dengan's Deli serves sandwiches prepared on site,…

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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
From the Valley Visitor Center, use your return ticket to catch the YARTS bus back to Merced (5 departures daily).

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 Yosemite Valley Lodge
3 Yosemite Falls MoonBow
4 Yosemite Valley Lodge Restaurants
5 Yosemite Guided Bus Tours
6 Yosemite Valley Lodge
7 Picnic Areas at Yosemite National Park
8 Sentinel Bridge
9 Mirror Lake Trail
10 Yosemite Theater
11 The Majestic Yosemite Dining Room & Bar
12 The Majestic Yosemite Hotel
13 Ansel Adams Gallery
14 Degnan's Deli, Cafe and Loft Yosemite Village
15 Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS)