We are picking up our hire car at 7am in San Francisco on Sunday June 10th and driving to Yosemite for 1 night, staying at Yosemite valley lodge. That means we arrive at the valley about 12 so from reading reviews here I’m a little worried we could spend all afternoon looking for parking?
So my rough plan is arrive via big oak flat entrance, stop off to see the giant sequoias at Tuolumne Grove. Then drive up Tioga Road if open to visit Tuolumne Meadows/ tenaya lake for picnic lunch/ Olmsted point. Then aim to drive to the valley late afternoon about 5ish? Hopefully by then do you think it should be ok to park near our hotel?
Late afternoon go and look at lower Yosemite falls and orientate ourselves in the valley. Next morning up at sunrise (we are coming from the uk so time difference works in our favour!) for mist trail/ down John Muir. We are both relatively fit 20 somethings.
I’m the evening we are driving to Monterey (about 6pm ish after early dinner). I’m also hoping to fit in bridalveil fall and, if time, glacier point? Do you think this is feasible and where is best to put these in so we aren’t stuck in valley traffic more than necessary? Is there anywhere else you advise as a must do? I know one night isn’t enough but there’s so much of California we are trying to squeeze in to our trip of a lifetime 2 week holiday!
Thank you so much in advance. The forum has been so helpful and so so excited about visiting soon!