We spent two nights in Mammoth Lakes, about 45 minutes from the entrance to Yosemite, and spent a whole day in the park. Which wasn’t nearly enough time, especially when you visit on a Sunday in summer (absolute chaos) – in fact, a ranger at the visitor centre warned us that getting to Yosemite Valley (which is the jewel in the Yosemite crown) would take three hours and be so crazy packed with people that it might not be worth a day trip. We agreed, deciding that we’d just have to come back again some time.
If there is one thing that America does well, it is their national parks, and Yosemite was no exception. One great thing about the part of the park we visited is that it is a lot less chaotic than down in the valley, though it was still pretty busy. I’d hate to imagine what it was like in the valley. But the valley must be amazing because where we were was pretty incredible too.
We drove from Mammoth Lakes to San Francisco and had to drive through Yosemite to get there, so we got a second dose of spectacularness. Even though it was a whirlwind visit, we loved it, especially as we originally thought it was just too far to get to on our road trip.
Next up, and the last of our North America saga, is San Francisco.