Yosemite is a place you have to see in order to understand how truly breathtaking it really is.
With a limited amount of time up our sleeves, unfortunately we could only spare one day for Yosemite. We decided to take a Gray Line bus tour from San Francisco to Yosemite.
It was an early start but our driver was great, really cheerful and friendly. He provided a good commentary throughout the journey – What he was saying was actually interesting and didn’t put you to sleep!
The bus was clean and comfortable and we made a couple of rest stops and pulled in at a look out along the way to take photos.We were given a quick briefing after we got there, advising where things were and when we needed to be back at the bus. We only had about three hours but were determined to make the most of them!
Yosemite is absolutely stunning, located in California’s Sierra mountain range. It has it all, granite cliffs, gorgeous deep valleys and beautiful waterfalls. There wasn’t a lot we could do in the short amount of time we had, many of the hiking trails take upwards of two hours.
We hiked up to the Bridalveil Fall – We went in spring, it was an easy 20min walk to the base and we could hear the water thundering from quite a distance away, we got some pretty cool photos up there.
Then explored the lush lower Yosemite Valley area, we were hoping to see a bear but weren’t in luck, we did see a deer though!
We had lunch sitting on logs on the forest floor, the sun was shining down on us through the canopy of tall trees surrounding us, it was incredible.
The hours passed far too quickly and it was time to leave. We drove past the giant Sequoia Groves as we left, these trees really are giant! (Definitely worth stopping to take a look, if you’re able too).
The bus ride back was quiet, it had been a long day but I suspect most people were still in awe of what they’d just experienced, I know we were.
Make sure to spend at least a couple of days at Yosemite to really soak it all in. I’d absolutely love to go back again!
Happy Travels, Priti x