buy a couple rolls of film before you depart from your Yosemite
Motel. Then drive to Yosemite Valley via State Route 140 or
SR 41 (depending on whether you are traveling from Mariposa
and El Portal, or from Oakhurst).
the west end of the Valley, stop at Tunnel View (it's on SR 41)
for the classic picture-taking location with its panoramic view
of the Valley. (Best at sunset or when storms break). 3/4
into the Valley, stopping at Bridalveil Fall for views of El Capitan
and Bridalveil Fall. When you have arrived in the heart of the Valley,
park your car at the nearest available day-use parking lot and ride
the free Valley Shuttle Bus to the Visitor Center. 1/2
touring the Visitor Center, visit the Ansel Adams Gallery, next
door, then re-board the Valley Shuttle Bus for a free trip around
the Yosemite Valley floor. 1 hour.
off at Yosemite Falls for a short walk to the base of Yosemite Falls;
at Photographer's Bridge for a picture of Half Dome reflected in
the Merced River; and at Happy Isles to visit the nature center.