You say "my family", is this very young children, elderly parents, a busload of aunts and uncles and cousins? What do you like to do? Do you want to drive somewhere, take some pictures, and move on or are you looking for suggestions for hikes? Do you have children that would want to take part in the Junior Ranger program (assuming you have the necessary time to complete the activities)?
You will be there at a great time of year so some suggestions would be to check out Bridalveil and Yosemite waterfalls. You may like to hike the Upper Yosemite Falls trail to Columbia Rock or beyond, depending on your group and your desire for hiking. You may want to go along the Mist Trail to the Vernal Fall footbridge or beyond (again, depends on your group). Are you keen photographers and want to try and capture an award-winning shot of the sunset colours reflecting off Half Dome.
Don't forget to check out the delightful Yosemite Chapel. There will probably be Ranger programs running that you might enjoy - this page will give you the Yosemite guides from last year: and might give you some ideas: https:/…guide.htm
When you arrive on the 20th you could also check out the Yosemite Valley Visitor Centre for more inspiration.
Great suggestions! My husband and I will be traveling with our two children, ages twelve and nine. We would like to do some hiking but there is so much to see I am just trying to narrow down where is best to spend our time. The full day tour takes us to see Yosemite Falls, Half Dime, El Capitan, Tunnel View, Bridevail Falls, Glacier Point and maybe Mariposa Grove. I thought about starting out walking around Mariposa Grove on the first day since the if the tour goes there it will be quick and we probably won’t get out.
And to answer your other question- we all live photography!
I would not take a tour. Drive yourselves and spend time in the places that are appealing to you.
Have you had a chance to read the relevant topics in the Top Questions on the right?
For your extended Valley tourism, park the car (Yosemite Falls parking is my suggestion) and use the free shuttles, your feet, or rental bikes to get around.
Thank you! CS