When nature calls, you drop your drawers.
Head to Yosemite National Park instead, where the call of the wild and picturesque scenery make for a glorious summer vacay.
Valley of the Dolls
A mere seven miles long by one mile wide, the Yosemite valley is larger than life, with nine waterfalls (including Yosemite Falls, the tallest in North America), rock monolith Half Dome, and the Merced River that snakes across the valley floor. Take your own wheels or rent a bike and cruise twelve miles of bike trails — the best way to see it all.
Pitch a Tent
If you can’t bear (ha) to rough it, sip an El Capitini cocktail on your balcony at the historic landmark The Ahwahnee Hotel, with a pool and tennis courts. (No, you’re not seeing double: All park info flows through the official park site.) Or get down and dirty at Camp 4, a first-come, first-served campground where the rock climbers gather. Compromise at Housekeeping Camp with your own fire pit in a tent-like structure (sleeps four); just don’t forget flip-flops for the shower.
S’more than a Feeling
For killer views and lasagna, park your rear at the Mountain Room Restaurant and Lounge inside Yosemite Lodge at the Falls. Grub on the famous Sunday brunch buffet in the breathtaking Ahwahnee Dining Room. Hungry hikers will love carne asada, buffalo wings, and slices galore from Curry Village Taqueria and Pizza Deck. Don’t miss grilled tri-tip and corn on the cob dished at Wawona’s chuck wagon BBQ on Saturdays.
River Deep, Mountain High
Learn to summit the peaks of Cathedral Spires with the help of Girls on Granite — a two-day women’s climbing program offered by the Mountaineering School. Hop on a mule for a scenic half-day ride along the Tuolumne River. And for leisurely fun, row, row, row your raft down the Merced River (water levels permitting) or tee up on Wawona’s nine-hole golf course. When the day is done, rest your weary head and stargaze upon constellations.
Tinkle, tinkle, little star.
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