Feel the mist on your skin
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, and there’s always the towering granite. Park
your car (and leave it!) to stroll along sun-warmed meadows with a hundred different shades of green.
Insider tip: “My spring ritual always starts with an early hike up the Mist Trail to Vernal and Nevada Falls,” says park ranger Scott Gediman. “You get totally drenched in cold mist, but it can be perfect on a warm day. I always grab a sandwich and eat at the top of Nevada Fall. You really can’t beat the view.”
Eat: Try the Caprese sandwich with organic greens from Degnan’s Deli, and take it to go for lunch with a view. $; Yosemite Village; 209/372-8454.
Stay: Best view for the buck is a tent cabin in Curry Village; you’ll wake up in the shadow of Glacier Point and Half Dome. From $60; yosemitepark.com/reservations
Do: Take a ranger walk for a primer on the park’s history and geology, plus a few (or 10) gnarly bear tales. nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit