In winter, this is perfect ice-skating terrain and in the summer, it’s the best beach experience inside the park. Though some recent work made Tenaya significantly easier to get to, it’s still low-key compared to the lakes situated closer to tourist-packed Yosemite Valley. If you don’t want to just sit around there’s a relatively easy, exceptionally beautiful hiking path along the riverbank.
Drive a Model T
7730 Laurel Way, Fish Camp
The best way to see many of the park’s highlights in the shortest amount of time is simply by driving around. This ingenious service lets you do just that in an original Model T Ford or Roadster. You can rent by the day or book a semi-guided tour, which can span any number of days and includes stops at all the major landmarks.
The Pioneer Yosemite History Center
8308 Wawona Rd., Wawona
Part interactive history lesson, part time machine, this makeshift village tells Yosemite’s story via a series of 18th and 19th century buildings, which were relocated from all over the park. To enter, you have to cross a real-deal covered bridge, once inside expect to see staff dressed in period costumes and a horse-drawn carriage or two. Getting kids to leave can be a bit challenging.
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