Yosemite National Park is an iconic National Park that every family should visit at least once in our opinion. Our short two days there were definitely not enough, but we packed in some pretty great experiences and made some wonderful memories. As a homeschooling mom, I love combining adventure and education in our travels and Yosemite offers plenty of opportunities to do both. Take a quick tour with me through the eyes of your kids and find out all that awaits you on a Yosemite National Park vacation.
Yosemite National Park through The Eyes of your kids
Yosemite National Park is by far one of the most well known and highly revered of all the national parks. Chances are even if you have never visited Yosemite National Park, you have seen the stunning photos and breathtaking scenes like this one.
Seeing these sights for the first time can not be put into words. Seeing them through the eyes of your kids is priceless. Actually, there is a price, but it is worth it. Here is a great tool to help in budgeting your trip to Yosemite National Park.
Visit The Pioneer Yosemite History Center
When planning your visit to Yosemite National Park, make time to explore the Pioneer Yosemite History Center. It is fascinating if you are a history nerd like me! Your family will enjoy the historic buildings and beautiful scenery. We happened upon a school function when visiting and enjoyed some living history!
How To Get To Glacier Point Yosemite
After spending some time touring the Pioneer Yosemite History Center, stop at Wawona Visitor Center for some snacks, trail maps, or other needs. Then head north on Hwy 41, also called Wawona Road, toward Glacier Point Road. The drive from the south entrance to Glacier Point is about an hour, but it is a scenic hour and you won’t even notice. However, BE ADVISED, enter the park early no later than 7 am. Arrive after 8am and expect to sit in traffic for an hour.
Getting to Glacier Point via car is easy when the road is open. We arrived a week before Memorial day and were fortunate that hey had plowed the snow from Glacier Point road just a few days prior. We stayed in Fish Camp just 10 minutes outside the south entrance. While it is true, it takes an hour to get to Glacier point, you are in the park and surrounded by beauty in under 20 minutes. (It will take longer if you don’t arrive early in the park)
Glacier Point Road open from late May through October or November depending upon conditions. We were there in late May and there was still evidence of the huge snow amounts they received in the previous winter.
Glacier Point View With Your Kids
Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park is perfect for families with young children! Glacier Point is a perfect place for your kids to explore and for you to capture unforgettable memories on camera
Once you arrive at the Glacier Point parking lot, you can take the short trail to the mind blowing Glacier Point View of Half-Dome Village and the floor of Yosemite Valley.
The Glacier Point Amphitheater on your right provides you with those awe inspiring views of Yosemite Valley, Half-Dome, and three major waterfalls: Yosemite Falls, Nevada, and Vernal Falls. Because our visit was in the spring after a major wet winter, these falls were in full force and stunning to behold!
For yet another vantage point, walk on up the trail toward the actual Glacier Point! It’s fun to look down into the valley and tell the kids, “Tomorrow, we will be those ants.” Of course, seeing all the cars lined up to get into the valley wasn’t all that great. But, that is a talk for another day.
Finish Your Day At Glacier Point With a Hike
As you can see, Glacier Point, is definitely worth your time. There are other hikes and vantage points surrounding the area. Depending on your plans for the day, you may want to bring a picnic lunch or grab a bite at the visitor center and then take Four Mile into Yosemite Valley or Panorama Trail toward Mist Trail and Nevada Falls. However, if you are with smaller children or have a stroller, this may not be an option. We opted to get back in our car and head out for some more scenic driving.
Here is a great post for more information on easy hikes in Yosemite.
Here’s a guide for backpackers to Yosemite if you are looking for more in depth hiking.
Need some other bucket list ideas? Check out this post for tips for photo ops in the National Parks.