Hi Everyone! I’m Alli.
I have a youtube channel where I make videos about sustainable fashion and travel, among other things. When Cassandra asked me to write a guest post about my favorite national park, my answer was a quick “yes!!”
It should be noted that I didn’t grow up camping. We were quite an indoorsy bunch. But six years ago my boyfriend (now husband) and I were invited to a friend’s wedding just outside of Yosemite. I was stoked! I figured we’d make a weekend of it. We both fell in love with the beauty of Yosemite on that trip and have made a trip back every Spring since. Fast forward six years, as an avid National Park visit collector, I’d love to share the top three things I love about Yosemite.
These photos are all from our first trip to Yosemite in 2010.
1. The valley floor is easily walkable / bikable.
I’ve been to some other National Parks, Death Valley for example, that are gorgeous, but vast, making it hard to get around without using a car. Yosemite Valley Loop Trail is 11.5 miles, with parts of the trail taking you through meadows, over bridges, and around groves of Dogwood trees. Trail heads, hotels, and shuttle stops can be accessed from this loop, meaning you don’t need to drive your car at all. For about 30 dollars a day you could rent a bike on the Valley Floor, but I highly recommend bringing your own bike if you can.
2. There’s something for just about everyone.
If you aren’t a serious hiker there are flat trails like Mirror Lake that you’ll love. Rafting down the Merced River is a must. Longer hikes like Vernal Falls (my fav!) or Upper Yosemite are great options if you’re looking for something more challenging. Catching the sunrise over the valley at Glacier Point is an experience you won’t forget. I highly recommend stoping by the darling Yosemite Village to check out the Visitor Center for lots of helpful resources and history of the park. You can even mail a postcard from the Yosemite Post Office!
3. I feel like I’m a part of something when I’m there.
I love chatting with people about their Yosemite experiences, everyone has a different story. My grandpa remembers rafting down the Merced River (on a log, as a 6 year old, unsupervised!) Other friends recall making a yearly trip to the park when they were younger and camping at the famous Camp Four campsite. I’m grateful that the park will be the remain the same for my kids to create their own memories one day.
Now, I’m excited to be hosting a giveaway in honor of the National Park Centennial!
My husband Nick and I run an Etsy shop selling cards and tote bags illustrated my him and curated vintage pieces found by me. This giveaway prize will be a Stay Wild Tote Bag. We donate 10% of each purchase to the Yosemite Conservancy Fund.
To enter, do one of these things, or do all for a better chance to win!
(GIVEAWAY CLOSED – Congratulations Gwendolyn K! I hope you love your tote!)
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The contest ends at midnight on 10/19 and the winner will be announced the next day so be sure to come back and check.