Blow the dust off winter with blooms gone wild, bike trips, gushing falls, and more
Even if you’ve been to Yosemite a thousand times, visit in spring and it feels like the first time all over again. The valley blooms with dogwood, the rushing falls reach out to you with their cold mist, the sun-warmed meadows beckon with a hundred different shades of green, and there’s always the towering granite. We recommend a hike up the Mist Trail to Vernal and Nevada Falls. The cold mist is perfect on a warm day, and you can't beat the view. Plan ahead: grab a sandwich from Degnan's Deli ($; Yosemite Village; 209/372-8454) to enjoy along the way. Looking for a drier way to take in the landscape? Go on a ranger walk for a primer on the park’s history and geology, plus a few (or 10) gnarly bear tales.