Make the Most of a Day Trip to Yosemite National Park

A trip to Mammoth Lakes, California will be full of incredible fishing, hiking, and skiing in the winter. But what if you want to venture further afield? Using your vacation rental as a home base, it is possible to plan a day trip to Yosemite National Park. The distance between Mammoth Lakes and Yosemite is just over 100 miles, and generally takes about 2.5 hours to complete by car. If you’re up early, you can be in Yosemite just in time for breakfast. But what to do when you get there? Here are some of the Yosemite highlights to enjoy during a trip.

1. Park Ranger Tour

Three Brothers Rock Yosemite National ParkNo one will be more knowledgeable about Yosemite National Park than a park ranger. When you sign up for a park ranger tour, you will be making the most of your visit. These experts are packed with information about the local wildlife, the ecosystem, and preservation efforts. Feel free to ask questions during your tour to learn the most you can about Yosemite during a visit.

2. Get to Know the Wildlife

For some visitors, the best part about Yosemite National Park is the wildlife. There are many ways to enjoy the wildlife, including bird watching tours, photography hikes and classes, and fishing excursions. Some visitors choose to take a broad overview of the park by simply driving through it to take the scenery in, and often encounter wildlife. Horseback riding is another fun way to explore the park.

3. Get Adventurous

Surrounded by such a beautiful landscape, don’t be surprised if you’re inspired to get adventurous. Have you always wanted to try rock climbing? Yosemite National Park is the perfect place to give it a try. Experienced guides can help get you and your family started on a climb. More interested in mountain biking? You will find all the gear you need to safely enjoy a mountain biking tour in Yosemite.

4. Slow Down

While Yosemite National Park is full of things to see and do, some visitors prefer to take things slow. Why not pack a picnic and set off on a family hike? There are many different trails to take, and you can find recommendations and maps at the visitor’s center. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely hike and long picnic or a challenging hike, you will find an itinerary to suit your needs in Yosemite.

5. Winter Sports

Many travelers think of national parks only in a summer context, but winter is also a great time to visit. The crowds will be significantly lower than in the summer and there are plenty of activities to keep busy. Be prepared with the right clothing and you will enjoy cross-country skiing or snowshoeing in this amazing landscape. After a few days of skiing in Mammoth Lakes, you can plan a day trip to Yosemite National Park to ski there.

6. On the Water

When the weather is warm, one of the best ways to enjoy a day in Yosemite is on the water. Choose between rafting, fishing, or kayaking. Tenaya Lake is a lovely, calm lake for a relaxing kayaking tour. If you’re looking for a little more action, plan a rafting trip on the Merced River.

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