Spring & Summer Vacations in Yosemite

The extraordinary beauty of Yosemite was appreciated since the middle of the 19th century, and it was declared a National Park in 1890. Since its early days, it drew millions of visitors who came to enjoy its spectacular peaks, valleys, canyons, meadows and streams. Yosemite offers special rewards at any time of year, but most […]

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Yosemite Accommodations for Romantic Getaways

Yosemite Accommodations for Romantic Getaways Do you and your loved one have an anniversary coming up? Or perhaps your significant other’s birthday is right around the corner? You could go with the old standards of flowers and a nice dinner out. But this year, why not try something different? If you and your loved one […]

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Which Scenic Wonders Cabins are Best for Easter Vacation?

Easter is the perfect holiday to gather the family and head to beautiful Yosemite National Park in California. With mountain views that cannot be beat and wildlife around every corner, renting a cabin at Scenic Wonders is sure to provide a unique Easter holiday that will delight every member of the family. Climber and Explorer’s […]

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8 Steps to Planning the Perfect Yosemite Trip [Infographic]

The beauty of Yosemite National Park changes with the seasons. If you travel to Yosemite in the summer, you will experience hikes over a sun baked trail and a warm breeze that drifts through the valley. If you travel in winter, you will gaze at frost sticking to the mountains and snowflakes that fall over […]

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Yosemite National Park

Why is Yosemite Better Than Other National Parks?

The United States offers many breathtaking national parks, particularly in the western and northwestern regions. While Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon both feature exceptional natural beauty, Yosemite National Park deserves the top spot. With its incredible glaciers, natural waterfalls, glistening rivers and majestic valleys, Yosemite is the most beautiful national park beautiful in the country. […]

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Interview With Leigh McAdam of HikeBikeTravel.com

Leigh McAdam is the author of the popular adventure blog HikeBikeTravel.com. Her site recounts the tales of her adventures across the globe. She has been to every continent except Antarctica and a total of 54 countries. Of all the beautiful locations she’s visited, Yosemite holds a special place in her heart. We sat down with Leigh […]

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Yosemite Valley

How to Experience Ecotourism in Yosemite

The term ‘ecotourism’ is used to describe environmental awareness while traveling. People who practice ecotourism work to preserve the well-being and beauty of their vacation destination. Yosemite National Park is one of the most beautiful locations on Earth. There are many ways you and your family can make Yosemite eco-friendly during your stay. Stay Inside […]

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Half Dome HDR

Safety Tips for Conquering Half Dome

The climb to Half Dome gives experienced hikers one of the most thrilling experiences available in Yosemite National Park. This challenging climb offers extraordinary views of Yosemite Valley and a real workout for the most experienced climbers. When hiking, safety precautions must be in place in order for the journey to be a success. Stay […]

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Yosemite Cabins with Wi-Fi

A vacation in Yosemite National Park means a chance to get away from it all. The paperwork, emails, and conference calls can wait until you get back, right? Although a totally disconnected vacation sounds ideal, it isn’t realistic for everyone. Recently one of our property owners installed Wi-Fi and DirectTV in his cabin Park Place. […]

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Sierra Nevada Big Horns

Different Types of Animals You’ll See On a Hike In Yosemite

If you are planning a hiking trip to California’s Yosemite National Park, you can expect to see many different species of animals. The park is home to more than 400 types of species, including mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians. These are some of the unique animals you may see while hiking in the park. […]

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Yosemite Valley

Yosemite: 5 Reasons to Lodge Inside the Park vs. Outside

Yosemite National Park is a vast protected wilderness covering over 1,200 square miles of rugged mountains, towering waterfalls, and ancient forests. Yosemite’s unmatched splendor, combined with its close proximity to major metropolitan areas, makes it one of the most visited national parks in the country. There are several lodging options available to visitors, both inside […]

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5 Tips For Hiking With Your Family

Hiking is not only a great way to spend time together as a family, but can provide the opportunity for children to get outdoors and stay active. The following tips can help make hiking a great experience for everyone. Be Cautious Near Waterfalls and Lakes: When walking with children, it’s smart to choose scenic routes that […]

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4 Tips on Using the Bathroom in the Forest

If you’re planning on embarking on a camping trip, chances are high that you’ll be releasing your bodily waste in the wilderness. At first, many people laugh at the thought of relieving themselves because the concept makes them nervous. Going to the bathroom in the forest doesn’t have to be a challenge; with these tips […]

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Goat Meadow Yosemite Snow Play Area

Free Yosemite Snow Play Areas Are Tons Of Fun

The drifts of pure Sierra Nevada mountain snow that pile up in Yosemite’s higher countryside seem to scream out for attention of the fun-loving kind. You can indulge your love of the white stuff in many ways in the park. Beyond skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and tracking animals, you’ve also got the family-friendly standbys of sledding, […]

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Yosemite Falls Winter Day Hikes In Yosemite Valley

Legendary Winter Day Hikes In Yosemite Valley

For snow-lovers, the middle and upper elevations of Yosemite National Park beckon—from Badger Pass downhill skiing to snowshoeing through the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias. But because the park’s lower terrain is often snow-free or nearly so most of the winter, hikers can usually find accessible trails rich in scenery and solitude. Here are a […]

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Frozen Tenaya Lake

Frozen Tenaya Lake

Tenaya Lake is one of Yosemite’s largest and most beautiful bodies of water, familiar to many a traveler on the Tioga Road as a place to lounge, photograph, fish—even swim. During a typical winter, the lake is buried under the heaps of high-country snow characteristic of the High Sierra. However, once in a blue moon, […]

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Paiute People

A Window Into The Cultural History of Yosemite’s Native Miwok and Paiute People

On a rainy winter’s day, you could do far worse than stepping inside one of Yosemite’s interpretive centers and linking some cultural history to what you’ve been enjoying on the park’s roads and trails. The Yosemite Museum adjacent to the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center—just a half-hour’s drive from your Scenic Wonders cabin—is the perfect destination […]

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badger pass to glacier point

Cross-country Ski 10.5 miles from Badger Pass to Glacier Point

One of Yosemite’s greatest wintertime adventures is the cross-country ski trip from Badger Pass to Glacier Point and back. A full-day out-and-back, it’s a wonderful experience for fit and experienced recreationists—and Scenic Wonders is an ideal launchpad. Badger Pass to Glacier Point: The Basics It’s 10.5 miles between the Badger Pass Ski Area and Glacier Point, […]

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Yosemite Falls in Winter

At Yosemite Falls, Listen For The Crash of Melting Ice Just After Sunrise

Yosemite Falls is one of Yosemite National Park’s great landmarks, and whenever it’s flowing — usually from November through July — it’s a sight to behold. It’s one of the world’s great cataracts, plunging a total of 2,425 feet down into Yosemite Valley. Winter, though, offers a very special phenomenon to the epic plunge, which […]

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Half Dome from Curry Village Ice Rink

Yosemite Ice Skating at Curry Village

It’s that time of year again: the season to don ice skates and weave some figure-eights in the shadow of Half Dome! Yosemite National Park’s Curry Village Ice Rink is now open for the winter through the beginning of March. The outdoor rink offers some of the country’s most memorable ice-skating given its location—and the […]

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Snow Tubing at Badger Pass Ski Area

The Badger Pass Area for Snow Tubing

Badger Pass Ski Area is one of the real epicenters of outdoor recreation in Yosemite National Park, and never more so than in wintertime. Downhill and cross-country skiers, snowboarders, and snowshoers all frequent the facility and its vicinity, reveling in the exhilarating slopes and miles of quiet backcountry trails. In terms of sheer outrageous enjoyment, […]

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Snowshoeing and Cross-country Skiing Glacier Point

Cross-Country Skiers and Snowshoers, Here’s A Winter Adventure In Yosemite

Few activities in Yosemite National Park can compare with cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, which send you slipping quietly through the park’s magnificent forests, enjoying some wholesome exercise while reveling in grand solitude and white-wrapped scenery. Prime Spots While there are many potential spots in Yosemite for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing, a few areas offer particularly […]

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Rain in Yosemite National Park

4 Top Things To Do On A Rainy Day In Yosemite

Rain is part of Yosemite’s seasonal cycle: Pacific weather systems rolling across the Sierra Nevada from fall to spring generate plenty of precipitation in the park—often rain at lower elevations and snow higher in the mountains. Does a leaky day in Yosemite mean ruined plans and nothing to do? Far from it! If the skies […]

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Yosemite Tunnel View in Winter

Why Seasoned Yosemite Visitors Insist On Seeing The Park In Winter

If you’ve never seen Yosemite National Park in winter, you’re missing out on one of the most breathtaking guises the west-slope Sierras adopts all year. As the snowpack builds in the mountains and ice starts glazing at the river edges, the park eases into its quietest—and perhaps most intoxicating—season of all. Tremendous Scenery, Exhilarating Activities […]

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Tuolumne River at lower end of Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite

Enjoy A Peaceful One-Hour Walk With A Naturalist

If you spend any time in the glorious landscapes of Yosemite National Park, you’ll probably begin wondering about the story behind the scenery. After all, this is some of the most stunning terrain you’ve ever seen: How did this Edenic flat-floored valley come to be so strikingly juxtaposed with those sheer, soaring walls of gleaming […]

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Kid's idea of fun in Yosemite

Catering to a Kid’s Idea of Fun

It’s a precious thing to be able to introduce children to Yosemite National Park. Such is the power of this place—its epic landscapes, its rich sample of Sierra Nevada ecology, its interlaced natural and human histories—that it can serve as an unforgettable gateway to a lifelong interest in wilderness. The lighter crowds and ethereal scenery […]

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Fireplace Yosemite Scenic Wonders Cabin

Kicking Back In Yosemite

You can get your blood pumping in Yosemite through any number of means—tough backcountry hikes, world-class rock-climbing, river-running, downhill skiing—but the park also lends itself to slowing down. And with its shortening days and falling temperatures, autumn is especially ideal. Here are a few fine ways to kick back, drink in the scenery, and celebrate […]

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Hardcore Yosemite hikes

For The Hardcore Hiker

For those who like long, immersive hikes deep into epic wilderness scenery, Yosemite National Park is a world-class stomping ground. Beyond the paved paths and interpretive loops, there are hundreds of miles of tough switchbacks, ridgetop rambles, and backwoods tracks for your adventuring pleasure. The legendary John Muir, for whom the Sierra Nevada was a […]

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November weekend in Yosemite

How To Prepare For A November Weekend In Yosemite

This is a very special time of year in Yosemite National Park, when the seasons are tangibly changing across the face of the land—and you have front-row seats to the show, with the theater often wonderfully calm and quiet. Crowds will return to Yosemite for Thanksgiving week—and, if you’re planning on coming here during that […]

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Yosemite Scenic Wonders Cabin

How ‘Like’ Can Turn To ‘Love’

Here at Scenic Wonders, we never tire of sharing the majesty of Yosemite National Park with our guests—and with anyone near or far who appreciates the great outdoors. Indeed, our community transcends geography even as it’s united by a profound connection to the one-of-a-kind Sierra Nevada. You can become a part of the family by […]

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El Capitan viewed from Taft Point

Look Down On El Capitan From The Dramatic Taft Point Overlook

Every visitor to Yosemite Valley thrills at the massive sheer granite face of El Capitan, which glowers down from the north upon the Merced River. One of the planet’s most impressive monoliths, El Capitan—the top of which is 3,000 feet above the valley floor—is an international legend among rock-climbers, always eager to test their mettle […]

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Little Yosemite Fall In November

Yosemite Ought To Be On Your Short List Of Places To See This Fall

As across so much of the temperate world, autumn in the Sierra Nevada is the winding-down season—a time of reflection, transience, and piercing beauty. In Yosemite National Park, the crowds have thinned even as the weather is often exquisite and the scenery unfailingly so. In other words, our mountain kingdom should definitely be chief among […]

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Single Day Itinerary Grizzly Giant in Mariposa Grove

Single Day Itinerary: If You Have Only One Day To Spend In Yosemite, Do This

You could spend weeks in Yosemite and still have plenty of new country to see, but such an extended trip is a luxury most visitors rarely enjoy. Indeed, you may have but a day in Yosemite: a precious few hours to soak in this park’s internationally celebrated scenery. Well, don’t fear: Any moment in Yosemite […]

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Yosemite From The Car

Tips For Things You Can See And Do In Yosemite From The Car

It’s wonderful to have the time and physical ability to leave your automobile behind in Yosemite National Park and strike out on foot, bicycle, ski, snowshoe, or raft. Such modes of locomotion certainly provide thrillingly intimate encounters with the park’s landscape. That said, visitors who’re basically restricted to exploring Yosemite from the car have much […]

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Poison Oak

Avoid Poison Oak, The Bane Of Sierra Nevada Trekkers

Hikers in Yosemite’s lower and middle elevations should be aware of the presence of poison oak, a native shrub that can cause contact dermatitis. It certainly shouldn’t keep you from enjoying the park’s wilds firsthand, however. With a little awareness, you can usually avoid poison oak—and appreciate its considerable beauty from a safe distance. Poison […]

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The Elevation In Yosemite at Glacier Point

How To Prepare For The Elevation In Yosemite

Yosemite is a mountain park: Set on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada, it ranges from chaparral foothills to alpine crags. This setting translates to fantastic scenery, of course, but it also means that visitors to the park must be cognizant of effects from the elevation in Yosemite. After all, if your body’s accustomed […]

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Fall Colors Among the Maple and Dogwood Trees

October Delivers Brilliant Fall Colors Among The Maple And Dogwood Trees

Yosemite National Park in October mesmerizes, as a combination of thinning crowds and transitioning ecosystems make for rich opportunities for adventure and nature observation. While most of Yosemite’s native trees are evergreen conifers, the park does harbor several notable broadleaf species that herald the autumnal wind-down of the year with brilliant foliage color shows. Fall […]

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Photo walking tours in Yosemite

Sumptuous Photo Walking Tours Capture Yosemite’s Panoramic Splendor

The monumental perfection of Yosemite National Park’s landscape is enough to inspire almost anyone who experiences it firsthand to want to try to capture it—in words or images. That’s an impulse countless artists and poets have succumbed to since the first Euro-Americans glimpsed this stunning sector of the Sierra Nevada. Surely the most famous photographer […]

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Fewer tourists at Tenaya Lake

Yosemite Now Has Amazing Scenery And Wilderness With Fewer Tourists

It’s no hyperbole to say that Yosemite National Park is stunning any time of year. That said, a mid-summer visit will be shared with plenty of other travelers: This, after all, is one of America’s most popular national parks. There are many reasons to trek to Yosemite in the off-season, and one of the standout […]

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Half Day Hiking Opportunities at Sentinel Dome

3 Glorious Half Day Hiking Opportunities Right Near Scenic Wonders

For those who love lacing up a pair of hiking boots and hitting the trail, Scenic Wonders is ideally positioned. You have a veritable feast of half day hiking opportunities right in the vicinity, from easy nature-path strolls to rigorous long-distance treks. Here are three options for half-day hiking adventures—gloriously close by your Scenic Wonders […]

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The Most Common Wildlife And Plant life in Yosemite

The Most Common Wildlife And Plant Life You’ll Encounter In The Park

As stupefying as Yosemite National Park’s rock formations and titanic waterfalls are, much of the area’s magic is conjured by its living organisms. The most common wildlife and plant life in Yosemite can make the entire landscape seem especially charged with energy. Your stay with Scenic Wonders will surely be enlivened by some memorable encounters with native […]

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Bridalveil Fall

7 Gorgeous Photos of Yosemite That Will Make You Giddy With Excitement

“A picture’s worth a thousand words.” That old adage isn’t a tired one when it comes to Yosemite National Park. The sheer scale and exquisite natural arrangement of the scenery here is impossible to fully convey through language. A photograph, too, doesn’t entirely translate the magic of the Sierra Nevada—you have to experience it firsthand […]

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Night Sky In Yosemite

Night Sky In Yosemite: There Really Is A Milky Way!

In many parts of the developed world, the full glory of the night sky is under threat. Wasteful illumination practices from the city to the countryside allow much light to leak into the heavens, dimming the after-hours view. Yosemite National Park is a refuge for many terrestrial wildland phenomena, but its preservation function extends into […]

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Explore Hetch Hetchy Valley

Explore Hetch Hetchy Valley In Yosemite National Park

When most people think of Yosemite National Park, they immediately envision the world-famous landscape of Yosemite Valley. That beautiful drainage, however, has a lesser-known but equally impressive counterpart to the north: the Hetch Hetchy. While you’re enjoying the charms of a Scenic Wonders cabin, make the trek to Hetch Hetchy—and introduce yourself to a whole […]

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Yosemite Trees near Nature Center at Happy Isles

Nature Center At Happy Isles: Hands On Activities For Families With Children

Hoping to introduce young children to the natural wonders of Yosemite National Park? A great place to start is the Nature Center at Happy Isles, where they’ll learn about everything from pine cones to black bears. The nature center, an easy stroll from the Happy Isles shuttle stop, operates from May and September. It also functions […]

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Star Trails Over Tuolumne Meadows

Star Trails Over Tuolumne Meadows

As night descends over the broad valleys, conifer woods, high meadows and sublime domes of Yosemite National Park, a celestial net of jewels brightens above. The preciousness of the park is not just its geologic formations, rich ecosystems, and backcountry wilderness, but also its gloriously dark skies. Far from light-polluting urban centers and possessing plenty […]

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Mirror Lake has reflections of Half Dome And Mt. Watkins

Mirror Lake Offers Beautiful Reflections Of Half Dome And Mt. Watkins

Yosemite National Park is full of classic vistas, from the Tunnel View’s iconic Yosemite Valley panorama to the vast landscape display available from Glacier Point. Another of those defining prospects is Mirror Lake, a pond set along Tenaya Creek as it rolls into Yosemite Valley. The modestly sized but beautifully situated body of water is […]

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Get 50% Off With This Yosemite Winter Deal

Get 50% Off With This Yosemite Winter Deal

                      Yosemite Winter Deal  Summer’s not out of the picture yet, but if you’re feeling a bit bogged down by relentless heat, turn your thoughts to the winter ahead. Yosemite National Park in wintertime is as magical a landscape as you’ll ever see—and we’re offering […]

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Will you marry me?

Best Spots In Yosemite To Pop The Question

“Will you marry me?” may be the most important question you’ll ask someone in your life. So you need to know the best spots in Yosemite to pop the question. It will be momentous: an expression of your deepest love and an invitation to form a lifelong union. Therefore, setting is key—you want a spot […]

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Glacier Point

Glacier Point: The Best Of The Easy Hikes In Yosemite

The hiking trails of Yosemite National Park span the difficulty spectrum, so trekkers of all abilities have multiple routes at their disposal. For the sheer variety, scenic splendor, and convenience of its options, Glacier Point Road is one of the park’s finest destinations for hoofin’ it. After all, the well-maintained road takes you up to […]

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Mono Lake Photography Opportunities

Mono Lake Photography Opportunities

East of the Sierra Nevada crest is a whole other world: The mountains drop steeply to the rainshadow lands in their lee, the vast Great Basin country. Perhaps the best place to appreciate this magnificent landscape in Yosemite National Park’s backyard is huge Mono Lake, reachable via Tioga Pass Road. Camera enthusiasts take note: Mono […]

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Hiking to the top of Half Dome

Hiking To The Top Of Half Dome

One of the preeminent Yosemite experiences, for those in-shape and determined enough for it, is the trek up to the crown of 8,800-foot Half Dome, that defining granite monolith overlooking Yosemite Valley. A Scenic Wonders cabin is a great launching pad for this unforgettable adventure. The Hike The round-trip hike, 14 to 16 miles long, […]

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Eastern Yosemite from the air

Visiting Yosemite In August

August is a classic month to explore Yosemite National Park—the peak of the Sierra Nevada summer experience. The park is usually at its most accessible, with the high-country snows shrunken to patches and roads and trails generally entirely clear and passable. Backcountry travelers find stream-crossings more manageable now than earlier in the summer, when freshets […]

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Shooting stars from the Perseid meteor shower

Shooting Stars On The Nights of August 11 and 12

One of the night sky’s yearly showstoppers is fast approaching—and Yosemite National Park is the perfect theater from which to enjoy it. The Perseid meteor shower will flare the nights of August 11 and 12. Glacier Point, that rocky perch thousands of feet above the Yosemite Valley, provides an incomparable vantage to watch a plethora […]

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Yosemite Cabins With An Outdoor Jacuzzi

Yosemite Cabins With An Outdoor Jacuzzi

The great thing about our Scenic Wonders cabins is that they offer the unique combination of get-away-from-it-all natural serenity and tastefully luxurious comfort. You get to enjoy the deep woods and remarkable proximity to Yosemite National Park’s greatest sights—and all the while savor the convenience of your own fully equipped kitchen, sun-kissed decks, and other […]

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Yosemite Sam

Is Yosemite Sam Named After Yosemite National Park?

For many—and certainly for anyone soaking up the sights at Scenic Wonders—the name “Yosemite” immediately conjures postcard-perfect images of towering Half Dome, misty Yosemite Falls, the scraggly Jeffrey-pine snag atop Sentinel Dome, and other iconic landmarks. But there’s another association familiar the world over: old Yosemite Sam, the pint-sized, perpetually riled nemesis of Bugs Bunny […]

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Yosemite Scenic Drives Tioga Pass

Yosemite Scenic Drives: From Crane Flat to Tioga Pass

From your Scenic Wonders base camp, roadways of spectacular scenery are ridiculously near at hand. A shining example is the Tioga Road between Crane Flat and Tioga Pass, originally laid out in the early 1880s—one of the great mountain routes in the West. Yosemite Scenic Drives: Crane Flat to Tioga Pass The Drive The 39-mile […]

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Biking the floor of Yosemite Valley

Biking the Floor of Yosemite Valley

Unless you’re a veteran Yosemite traveler, you may not be aware that one of the premier activities in the park is—bicycling! No, not mountain-biking on remote trails (that’s not allowed in the park); rather, biking the floor of Yosemite Valley and gawking at its magnificence as you pedal. Biking the Floor of Yosemite Valley There […]

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Yosemite National Park

15 Yosemite National Park Summer Activities

We recommend our Scenic Wonders guests come up with an activity blueprint for their trip in advance. This can help prioritize your time amid Yosemite country’s endless possibilities. Yosemite National Park Summer Activities Here’s a quick run-down of 15 popular Yosemite National Park summer activities. Refer to the Yosemite Guide for updates. (1) Hiking: Hit up […]

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Yosemite Lodging Photo Contest

Launched: Yosemite Lodging Photo Contest

Scenic Wonders is excited to announce a two-month Yosemite lodging photo contest, with a stupendous prize for the winner: a free two-night stay in one of our beautiful Yosemite West mountain cabins! We launched the contest on July 1 and the last day for entering is August 31 at 5 PM Pacific Standard Time—so don’t […]

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Yosemite for Kids: Infographic

Yosemite for Kids: Infographic

In the blink of an eye, kids want to know what’s fun to do in Yosemite–and they need a map so they know where each fun thing is. That’s why we created this Yosemite for Kids Infographic. We also wrote the 10 things to do in Yosemite for kids with complete descriptions, for those who […]

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Steller's Jay in Yosemite

Protecting Songbirds and Habitats In Yosemite

If you happen to be staying with Scenic Wonders in July, you may have the opportunity to participate in exciting conservation work involving some of Yosemite National Park’s most evocative native creatures—its flashy little songbirds. The Yosemite Conservancy is hosting two free bird-banding demonstration and educational events at Hodgdon Meadow Campground from 7 to 10 […]

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Yosemite In July

3 Things To Do In Yosemite In July

Are you looking for fun things to do in Yosemite in July? July is an extremely popular month to explore Yosemite National Park, given the confluence of warm, sunny weather and vacation schedules. While you’ll have plenty of company around the most sought-after sights, you’ll also be able to access most parts of the park, […]

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Glacier Point Yosemite Hike Along Glacier Point Road

3 Easy Yosemite Day Hikes Along Glacier Point Road

Glacier Point is lauded for one of Yosemite’s absolute grandest views, peering down at the Yosemite Valley and locking gaze with Half Dome from a cloud’s perch. Glacier Point Road has been open since the beginning of May, and generally closes due to snow by November or early December. The road provides fantastic access to […]

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Tunnel view of 4 things to see on your visit to Yosemite

4 Things You Must See During Your Visit To Yosemite

It’s impossible to boil down the essence of Yosemite into a couple of landmarks—the park is too big, too spectacular—but there are certain sights that unforgettably exemplify its grandeur. Here are four must-see spots to experience during your visit to Yosemite with Scenic Wonders. Half Dome Half Dome is likely the best-known landform in the […]

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Consider How Half Dome Formed

How Half Dome Formed

Have you ever wondered how Half Dome formed? Half Dome is one of the indisputable monarchs of Yosemite National Park, a lopsided, sheer fin soaring high above Yosemite Valley. Considering how Half Dome formed introduces you to the wonders of Sierra Nevada geology—which involves both molten fire and bulldozing ice! Here’s How Half Dome Formed The Granite […]

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Tenaya Lake, one of the best places to swim in Yosemite

Best Places to Swim in Yosemite

When you find one of the best places to swim in Yosemite, there’s nothing quite like cooling off in the water on a hot, sunny, spectacularly beautiful summer afternoon. If you’re staying with us at Scenic Wonders, you’ve got plenty of options for taking a dip—whether it’s in a wild waterway or a swimming pool. […]

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Redwood Trees In Yosemite National Park

Are There Redwood Trees In Yosemite National Park?

A common inquiry among visitors to our heavenly area is: “Are there redwood trees in Yosemite National Park?” The answer is: “Depends on your terminology!” Yosemite is home to the world’s most massive tree species, the giant sequoia, which is sometimes (and increasingly rarely) called the “Sierra redwood.” (You may also know it simply as […]

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Yosemite Scenic Wonders Certificate of Excellence

TripAdvisor Honors Scenic Wonders with 2013 Certificate of Excellence

Yosemite’s Scenic Wonders is proud and honored to announce that we’ve been awarded a 2013 Certificate of Excellence from the website TripAdvisor. Thank you to all of our wonderful guests who’ve helped us garner this distinction!   It’s no small achievement: TripAdvisor is the biggest travel website on the planet, active in 30 different countries […]

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Yosemite fall, among the 10 things to do in Yosemite with kids

10 Things To Do In Yosemite With Kids

Explore these 10 incredible things to do in Yosemite with kids (and the associated Infographic). Not only are these activities fun, and kid-friendly, they’re among the best things you can ever do in Yosemite National Park. 10 Things to do in Yosemite with kids (1) Glacier Point:Everybody should see the astounding view from Glacier Point at […]

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Yosemite Vacation Home - Yosemite View

Yosemite Hotels vs. Vacation Homes

If you’re considering Yosemite hotels for your upcoming vacation to this world-famous slice of the Sierra Nevada, take a moment to contrast Yosemite hotels with vacation rental homes such as those offered by Scenic Wonders. We like to think our beautiful cabins and cottages come out the better in such a comparison! Drawbacks of Yosemite […]

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El Capitan in Yosemite

Location, Location, Location: Yosemite Cabin Rentals Inside The Park

Staying in one of the lovely Scenic Wonders cabins–for a day, for a week–is the ideal way to escape an over-scheduled, harried world and submit to the deeper, slower rhythms of the Sierra Nevada. You couldn’t ask for accommodations more convenient to Yosemite National Park’s exceptional sights. Yosemite Cabin Rentals Close to the Attractions Yosemite […]

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Yosemite For Kids: Can You Pass The 1933 Yosemite Junior Ranger Test?

The Junior Ranger program is one of the offerings in Yosemite for kids—and it’s one of the most popular activities for children visiting this wonderful place. It has a long history–it got its start in 1930 with the initiation of the Yosemite Junior Nature School, which ran until the 1950s. Kids today studying to be […]

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The Waterfall Lover

Yosemite National Park ranks with any other corner of the world in terms of the beauty and number of its waterfalls. Particularly in spring and early summer–snowmelt season–the park seems to be surging everywhere with tumbling cataracts and cascades. (Here’s a list to chose a Yosemite waterfall to visit.) Certain falls, like Yosemite and Bridalveil, are […]

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Yosemite Cabins For Rent Near Wawona Golf Course

One of the more unusual opportunities available in Yosemite National Park is a round or two at the Wawona Golf Course. Our Yosemite cabins for rent in Yosemite West are a quick and easy drive from the links, offering the ideal accommodations for golfers who want to indulge their love of the game during a vacation […]

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Yosemite For Kids: Become A Junior Ranger Or Little Cub

If you’re staying at a Scenic Wonders rental cabin in Yosemite National Park with young children, consider the educational adventures available through the Little Cub and Junior Ranger programs. Through these time-honored traditions, Yosemite for kids can mean rewarding, hands-on learning about one of America’s most cherished landmarks. For decades, the National Park Service has […]

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The Forgotten Waterfalls of Yosemite

As we discussed in a previous post about the waterfalls of Yosemite, Yosemite National Park is rich in spring—and many of the falls are surprisingly low-profile despite their size and grandeur. Seeking out some of the park’s lesser-known cataracts is a great excuse to familiarize yourself with the full breadth of the Yosemite landscape. Quaking Aspen […]

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Glacier Point Couldn’t Be Closer To Our Yosemite Lodging

Our Scenic Wonders rentals are conveniently situated near the road to one of Yosemite National Park’s finest attractions: Glacier Point and its vast panorama. The route up to this lofty vantage is usually snowed in until May. The start of Glacier Point Road, which accesses Badger Pass Ski Area on the way to its terminus, […]

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Visit The Mariposa Grove Of Giant Sequoias From Our Yosemite Cabins

The combination of stammeringly beautiful mountains and some of the world’s most diverse and titanic conifer forests is one of the Sierra Nevada’s most spectacular features. One of Yosemite National Park’s grandest timber stands is the Mariposa Grove—an easy drive from our Scenic Wonders Yosemite cabins, and usually fully accessible by April. The stars of the Mariposa Grove […]

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3 Months Ahead Is Best For Making Yosemite Reservations

Our Scenic Wonders rentals offer a top-tier combination of location, comfort, and affordability within the bounds of Yosemite National Park. Given the diversity of our beautiful cabins and condos and the incomparable convenience of their setting, it’s not a surprise they’re so popular. That means it’s important to think ahead when making your Yosemite reservations. […]

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Yosemite West: An Enclave of Private Vacation Rentals

The Scenic Wonders rental properties have the wonderful distinction of residing within the bounds of Yosemite National Park–specifically, in the tucked-away and woodsy enclave of Yosemite West. Ours is a neighborhood of beautiful cabins, chalets, and condominiums laid out within the sweet-smelling conifers, dogwoods, and manzanita of the Sierran forest. Browse through the full spectrum […]

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Yosemite Accommodations: Make Your Spring Vacation Memorable

Yosemite National Park is a wonderful place to go celebrate the vernal awakening. In spring, much of the park’s higher country is still laden with snow, but elsewhere signs of seasonal rebirth are unmistakable. With temperatures warming and rivers running beautifully strong, a Sierra Nevada spring is, in a word, unforgettable–and our Scenic Wonders Yosemite […]

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4 Big Waterfalls You Shouldn’t Miss

Yosemite Valley’s waterfalls aren’t the only ones in Yosemite National Park, naturally. There are scores of cataracts scattered along the river- and stream-courses, and all have their own special magic. Here are a few impressive cascades in other corners of the park that are particularly worth checking out in spring, when their discharges are at […]

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Yosemite Vacations: Visiting In April

By April, the Sierra Nevada is truly showing signs of springtime transformation, even as the snowpack still sits deep in the high country. The month is a wonderful time for Yosemite vacations, to usher in the warm season surrounded by mountain beauty. Places to Go April is one of the premier times of the year […]

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Yosemite Waterfalls: Countless Spring Waterfalls Fed By Snowmelt

Plentiful waterfalls are among Yosemite’s best-known natural features. The Sierra Nevada is a snowy place in winter—a result of the range’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean—and heavy snowmelt from spring through early summer feeds beautiful cataracts tumbling out of the highlands. Yosemite Valley is richly endowed with waterfalls, and spring, when they’re running at full […]

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Yosemite Accommodations That Let You Get Away From It All

Relaxing in a Scenic Wonders cabin in Yosemite National Park, you’ve got front-row seats to one of America’s premier places to shuck off the stresses of 21st-century urban bustle. Yosemite may be an internationally renowned vacation destination, but there’s always a way to escape the crowds and simply soak in the splendor of the Sierra […]

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Yosemite Trees, Plants and Flowers Near Our Cabins

Yosemite National Park is justly renowned for its tremendous geological formations, but it’s also a bastion for botanical splendor. If you’re enjoying a stay in one of our incomparable Yosemite cabins, take a moment or two to consider the immense wealth of wildflowers, shrubs, and trees that literally awaits just outside the door. Yosemite Cabins […]

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Things To Know About Yosemite Hotels

For many planning a vacation to Yosemite National Park, hotels are among the things that come to mind in terms of lodging possibilities. After all, the park has a number of Yosemite hotels, including such historic structures as the Ahwahnee. But when you break down a price comparison with vacation rentals, it’s a no-contest matchup: […]

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Map of Yosemite Rentals

One of the prime features of our Scenic Wonders website is the interactive map of our Yosemite rentals–an excellent way to orient yourself and explore your lodging possibilities for a one-of-a-kind vacation. Mapping Our Yosemite Rentals The Scenic Wonders Property Locator lays out our forested neighborhood in Yosemite West, close by Yosemite Valley and Glacier […]

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The Ultimate Yosemite Lodging Giveaway

One of the rewards for regularly checking in with the Yosemite’s Scenic Wonders Facebook page–aside from all the astoundingly beautiful pictures of Yosemite scenery–is the chance to participate in the contests we occasionally throw. Now’s just such an opportunity: For another round of our Ultimate Yosemite Giveaway, we’re giving away a FREE two-night stay in […]

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Yosemite Vacations For Those Travelling With Kids

Yosemite National Park is an outstanding destination for families with children. There are few better destinations for introducing kids to the power, majesty, and complexity of the natural world than this sublime slice of the Sierra Nevada. The not-so-secret flipside is that the experience is also uproariously fun. Yosemite vacations with kids can be as […]

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Easy-To-Use Online Booking System Makes Yosemite Reservations Simple

It just got that much easier to reserve some of Yosemite National Park’s finest accommodations. Come check out the newly redesigned Scenic Wonders website and peruse our rich offerings of beautiful woodsy cabins, condos, and studios–all enjoying a location and a price tag that can’t be beat. If you’re looking to make Yosemite reservations for […]

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Sunny Yosemite Skiing With High Hopes For Snow

Yosemite National Park offers some of the most unique skiing in the country. After all, the Badger Pass Ski Area is one of the few full-scale operations of its kind in a national park. Skiers get to experience the sublime Sierra mountains and forests at their most transcendent: nestled in snowdrifts and bearded with icicles. […]

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Yosemite Accommodations: Inside The Park Or Outside The Park?

Given Yosemite National Park’s popularity, you have endless options for lodgings in the general vicinity of its boundaries. However, there’s a lot to be said for finding Yosemite accommodations inside the park–as the Scenic Wonders rentals are. Yosemite Accommodations Outside the Park If you stay outside the park, you’ll be spending a good chunk of […]

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Yosemite Vacations: 3 Things To Do While You’re Here

You could–and should!–make a lifetime of Yosemite vacations, and never exhaust its surprises. Here are three places to visit that give you a little flavor of Yosemite National Park–a taste we’re sure is going to have you coming back for more. Half Dome One of the most iconic symbols of Yosemite is Half Dome, a […]

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More Yosemite Lodging Choices

Let’s keep touring some of the fine Yosemite lodging choices in the Scenic Wonders family! Our cabins all enjoy a prime Yosemite West location, near attractions such as Yosemite Valley and Glacier Point. Each, however, has its own distinctive charms. Sample this Scenic Wonders diversity by considering three neighboring cabins (interactive map): our Fiske, Christmas, […]

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2 Charming Yosemite Cabins

All of our Scenic Wonders Yosemite cabins are memorably situated and tastefully arrange to serve up a wonderful back-to-nature Sierra Nevada getaway for you and your family. Two standouts–the Strawberry Creek and Serenity Pines cabins–give a sense of the kind of setup and location that make our lodgings so attractive. Strawberry Creek Perched at the […]

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Compare Yosemite Hotels With Other Deals

Yosemite hotels can be wonderful, but why not broaden your pool of options by considering a Scenic Wonders rental instead? Our cabins offer plenty of unique advantages that a hotel room simply can’t supply. Affordability Rental cabins are often a bigger value than hotel rooms, which can be notably pricey in Yosemite. For the same […]

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Yosemite Skiing: How To Get The Most Out Of Your Visit

Yosemite skiing is unique in the country. The Badger Pass Ski Area is one of the few developed ski facilities in a national park. Furthermore, cross-country skiers and snowshoers have the opportunity–restricted to the Sierra Nevada–of winding through wild groves of the world’s most titanic trees, the giant sequoias. The mountain scenery’s not too shabby, […]

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Yosemite Rentals Open Year Round

Yosemite National Park is far from a one-season destination: Every month of the year has its special attractions, and there are also some magical constants to the place that ensure a rich visit whenever you choose. Our Scenic Wonders cabins are among the Yosemite rentals open year-round, so they offer the ideal perch–inside the boundaries […]

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