For the longest time, the only travel destinations on my (rather short) bucket list were all foreign countries. Of course I was 20 years old and didn’t stop to appreciate the beauty within the country I was already living in. As for those foreign countries? Those travel bucket list destinations were all just pipe dreams as a 20 year old broke college student at the time. Picture this: sitting on the couch in a small apartment- pinning away photos of Ireland and Santorini on Pinterest. My untouched bucket list.
Seven years forward-
I finally opened my eyes (thanks to my best friends) and ventured within. Yosemite National Park in California was my perfect first domestic travel destination.
First things first: Take a hike! We saw several waterfalls, beautiful sceneries, clear view of the Half Dome.. We didn’t do any research (of course) prior to our trip but we just followed signs to Yosemite Falls Trail. It took us about 6 hours roundtrip to complete the hike. I know what you’re thinking: SIX HOURS?! HELL NO. But trust me, the hike itself was actually easy- well paved trails, no rock climbing of any sorts, no risk of slip & slide (unless you go off the beaten path), plenty of shaded areas for rest— the views, oh the views are completely worth it.
On our 2nd full day, we decided to rent a bike and wander around Yosemite. Biking alongside the mountains, looking up at the majestic cliffs and waterfalls, it really shows a whole new perspective of Yosemite.
Soft grass, green trees, magnificent backdrop. We felt like we were in the musical ‘Sound of Music’ (see above! hehee).
*Food & Lodging:
Man, lodging inside Yosemite is EXPENSIVE. We ended up staying in a small hotel just outside of the park since we weren’t too keen on camping or not having electricity.
Food around Yosemite is very limited. We ate most of our meals in the Yosemite cafeteria- fresh grills, salads, sandwiches, burgers & fries.. nothing too fancy, but a-ok.
If you haven’t been to Yosemite yet, you MUST. Especially if you live in or near California. It is absolutely stunning.