Yosemite Waterfalls Day Trip #2

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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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 the trailhead near the Nature Center at Happy Isles (Shuttle Stop #16)

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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Mist Trail
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Mist Trail
Outdoor Adventures | Hiking Trail or Trailhead
Hike 3 miles (4.8 km) round trip to Vernal Fall, or 7 miles (11 km) round trip to Nevada Fall. Total hiking time is 2-5 hours, depending on how far you go. Eat your packed lunch along the trail wherever you find the perfect lunch spot. Bathrooms are available at Curry Village, across the bridge from the first overlook, and at the top of both Vernal and Nevada Falls.

Earn breathtaking views of several Yosemite landmarks on this moderately challenging hike. The Mist Trail has fabulous scenery from start to finish, beginning at the bridge overlook, ascending to two unforgettable waterfalls that cascade a…

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Degnan's Deli, Cafe and Loft Yosemite Village
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Board the Shuttle at Stop #16 back to the Valley Visitor Center and pick up a quick dinner before the journey home from one of the several budget-friendly 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 Nature Center at Happy Isles
3 Mist Trail
4 Degnan's Deli, Cafe and Loft Yosemite Village
5 Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS)