Yosemite Waterfalls Day Trip #1

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.

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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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Yosemite Falls MoonBow
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Yosemite Falls MoonBow
Natural Area | Lake, River, or Waterfall
Visit Yosemite Falls and view the base of the falls from just behind the Visitor Center, or challenge yourself to an out-and-back hike up towards the top.

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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Picnic Areas at Yosemite National Park
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Picnic Areas at Yosemite National Park
Outdoor Adventures | Scenic Viewpoint
Hop on the El Capitan Shuttle at the Valley Visitor Center and head towards the El Capitan Picnic Area. Here you can enjoy a picnic lunch with a view of the spectacular granite monolith. The El Capitan Picnic Area 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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Horsetail Falls, Yosemite National Park
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Horsetail Falls, Yosemite National Park
Natural Area | Lake, River, or Waterfall
Stroll along one of the nearby trails to snap some pictures of El Cap, and also capture the striking Horsetail Falls, which attracts photographers from far and wide.

Horsetail Falls, located in Yosemite National Park, is a seasonal waterfall that runs approximtely December through April, depending on snow melt. It falls off 1,000…

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Degnan's Deli, Cafe and Loft Yosemite Village
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Board the El Capitan Shuttle back to the Valley Visitor Center and pick up a quick dinner before the journey home from one of the several budget-friendly Yosemite Village Restaurants

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
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 Yosemite Falls MoonBow
3 Picnic Areas at Yosemite National Park
4 Horsetail Falls, Yosemite National Park
5 Degnan's Deli, Cafe and Loft Yosemite Village
6 Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS)