awakens Yosemite in spectacular fashion-and it's still uncrowded. Savor the
freshness and explosion of color right outside the park when same of the world's
most breathtaking wildflowers bloom right in front of your eyes. The deer
are browsing, the fish are jumping-and some of the most spectacular waterfalls
on Earth propel "rivers in the air" above your head. Life doesn't get much
better (or meaningful) than this. Here are a few things to do:
- Take an art class
and learn how to paint those wildflowers.
- Take a hike along what
many consider California's best wildflower viewing trail, in the Merced
River Canyon right outside Yosemite.
- Ride a rented bicycle
around Yosemite Valley in perfect weather, enjoying the scenery and a picnic
at your own pace.
- Walk right up to the
waterfalls as they plummet to Earth at their peak of the year, and discover
how fun and bracing their spray is.
- Sign up for sunrise
or sunset photography tours guided by professional photographers-and come
back with images of one of nature's crown jewels you can frame and hang
in your home.
- Stand on a wooden
bridge in the middle of a meadow as the river roars beneath you, and just
smell the freshness of new life.
- Visit the official
California Mining and Mineral Museum, one of the world's most fascinating
small museums, in the nearby historic Gold Rush town of Mariposa. Take time
to also go on the self-guided tour at the local history museum showing what
daily life was like in that momentous period. A low-cast day of fun, learning
- Make reservations
to return to Yosemite.