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In love in Yosemite

Destination(s): Yosemite National Park

One of the first books about Yosemite was called, "In the Heart of the Sierras." Later, John Muir wrote that, "Nature seems to have put all her best treasures in one place, to draw her lovers closer to her." Today it's still a place we love, and a perfect place to be with that special partner on the trail of life. Whether hiking, snowshoing, or sitting by the campfire together, this park has many ways for catalyzing emotional connections. For this weekend of romance we'll stay at the expansive Tenaya Lodge on the park's southern boundary and make excursions in to the awesome chasm of Yosemite Valley and to the edge of the sky. read more about In love in Yosemite

Center Valley Loop Trail

Center Valley Loop Trail

Mariposa Grove

Mariposa Grove

  • Mariposa Grove
  • Park at the Wawona Store parking area and walk east 0.25 miles to Forest Dr. The trail head is on the right
  • tel:+1 209 372 0200
  • Visit website
  • Yosemite, 95389

The Giant Sequoias in Mariposa Grove are more than 3,000 years old, more than 80 feet around, and reach up over 300 feet seemingly to touch the sky. You can drive to the lower edge of the grove, but parking is strictly limited and you may wait in line for quite a while—better to take the free shuttle from the Wawona General Store, which departs every 15 minutes from 9a to 4:30p in summer. Trailers and motor homes are not permitted on the Mariposa Grove Road and the road is closed in winter (though it's worth the walk).  This grove was part of the world's first national park.
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Ahwahnee Dining Room

Ahwahnee Dining Room

  • Northside Drive
  • Ahwahnee Hotel
  • tel:1 209 372 1489
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  • Yosemite National Park, 95379
Wawona Hotel Dining Room

Wawona Hotel Dining Room

  • Wawona Hotel
  • Yosemite National Park
  • tel:801 559-4884
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  • Yosemite National Park, 95379
Degnan's Delicatessen

Degnan's Delicatessen

  • 9015 Village Drive
  • Yosemite Village
  • tel:1 209 372 1000
  • Visit website
  • Yosemite National Park, 95389

Degnan's is a social hub for Yosemite Village and it's overflowing at lunchtime.  There's a lot to chose from, but their sandwich selection (all named for park landmarks) is great and the soups are just the thing on a chilly mountain day.  Lots of beverage fridges, ice cream novelties, chips and candy can round out a meal for a picnic table outside or will fill your daypack for a hike to Mirror Lake or up Yosemite Falls.  Open year-round. 
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Four Mile Trail to Glacier Point

Four Mile Trail to Glacier Point

  • Southside Dr
  • (Yosemite Valley)
  • tel:+1 209 372 0200
  • Visit website
  • Yosemite, 95389

The Four Mile Trail is a very strenuous hike with an altitude gain of 3,200 feet.  Of course you can drive to Glacier Point, but the trail is lovely, and you will feel virtuous because you spent two - five hours hiking. Take water with you and wear a hat as well as comfortable hiking shoes or boots. For your safety, it is recommended that you complete this hike before dark. The trail is closed in winter.  Many people pay (about $20) for a bus ride from Yosemite Lodge to Glacier Point and then hike back down the Four Mile to the Valley floor again.  If you park up top and hike down, be aware that there are NO afternoon buses back up. 
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