One of the places we were both dying to go to was Yosemite National Park. We’ve both seen SO many pictures from this place but it’s all just so much more incredible in person. We spent a few days hiking and sitting by the fire at night.
We camped at Hogdgon Meadows which is approximately 30 mins drive out of the valley but it was an amazing ride into the valley each day so no complaints in that regard.
Trying to find free camping spots on the National Park Service website was near impossible so when I finally found a campground, I booked it immediately. My suggestion would be, if you wanted to make the most of your hiking time, definitely book something within the valley.
Another suggestion: research what hikes are available when you’re looking to go. I really wanted to do the Half Dome hike but we were there two weeks shy of that trail opening for the season. Massive bummer!
We ended up doing the Upper Yosemite Falls hike which took us approximately 6 hours in total which includes stopping for lunch & a million photos along the way!
We also walked around Mirror Lake but made the walk SO much longer than we needed to by going off the trail and adding 2-3 hours that day. Haha, oops!
In total, we were in Yosemite NP for two full days and two half days either side (three nights). Three full days would of been ideal but really, I could of spent a week here and still not have done everything.
Until next time Yosemite!