We made our way up the Pacific Coast Highway, towards Northern California. This was a beautiful drive along the coast. If you are looking for a cute place to stay, I spotted the River Inn as we were driving through the Big Sur State Park. We however, spent the night in Seaside and then continued towards Yosemite National Park.
I didn’t know what to expect at Yosemite. I knew it was going to be beautiful but I hadn’t considered the landscape we were about to see. Words, nor photos can do Yosemite justice. Francis and I both agreed that it was the most amazing, breathtaking place we have been to. If you have the chance, go! There are tonnes of walks to do. Although, if you are short on time, even driving or walking around the park is spectacular ($30 entry per vehicle). The Mist Trail is one of the walks we did.
We stayed at Yosemite Housekeeping Camp. “Perfect for those who love camping outdoors but don’t want the hassle of setting up a tent…perched alongside the Merced River in the middle of the Valley”. If you want to spend longer than a day in Yosemite (and you should) then I would recommend staying in the park. There are lots of accommodation choices a “short” drive from Yosemite but it’s a big advantage to be inside Yosemite. Food is all reasonably priced and bed packs (pillow, double sheets and blankets) are only $2.50. You can also buy everything you need for the fire pit! There are food lock up facilities to keep everyone safe from the bears.
If we had known Yosemite would be this amazing, we would have stayed longer. Ideally 2 nights would be great to explore the park some more and check out other walks and sights.