Yosemite | Guest Post with Alli Cherry

Alli Cherry Yosemite

Alli Cherry Yosemite

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!!”

Alli Cherry Yosemite

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.

Alli Cherry 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.

Alli Cherry Yosemite

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!

Alli Cherry Yosemite

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.

Alli Cherry Yosemite

Now, I’m excited to be hosting a giveaway in honor of the National Park Centennial!

Alli Cherry Yosemite

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 โ€“ย 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.

Have you ever been to Yosemite?

I’d love to hear your favorite memory from the park.

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  • So beautiful and breathtaking! I love this post and these pictures really make me feel like I’m there ๐Ÿ™‚

    XO

    Lee Anne

    http://www.lifebylee.com

    • I’m so glad you liked it, Lee Anne! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • My family collected national and CA state parks when we were kids, but we slowed down when we got busier in high school. I think everyone remembers that stunned, awestruck feeling of seeing the Yosemite Valley for the first time. John Muir’s writing really brings that awe back, and I can’t wait to return (and hopefully hike Half Dome)

    • You’re so right, nothing compares to that view, especially seeing it for the first time! Hiking Half Dome is on my list too. We usually go in Spring when it’s unfortunately still closed for the season. Some day!

  • We traveled all throughout California this spring but we didn’t make it to Yosemite. I was in my third trimester so camping wasn’t exactly my number one priority. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I didn’t grow up camping but I’d love to be invited to tag along with friends who are avid campers so I can experience the beauty without having to do any of the planning. HA.

    • I don’t blame you for not camping in your third trimester! I agree, having organized friends is always a plus! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Yosemite is on my bucket list! I love Cali, but Carmel/Pebble Beach is as far north as I’ve made it. Your polaroids are so fun too! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • You’ll love it! I’ve gotta say, Carmel is one of my favorite places in California, is so darling!

  • Caroline Lawrence

    I got the privilege of visiting 3 national parks this summer, although they were all short visits just to see the view. My favorite memory was climbing the arches in Arches NP 10 years ago and being terrified of mountain lions coming to get me. Silly 10 year old!

    • I’ve heard Arches is amazing! My husband and I visited Zion last October and it was breathtaking.

  • I love the look of your pictures! So pretty. I want to visit Yosemite so badly!

  • Julia

    My favorite National Park memory would have to be all the times that my mom would take us camping to the Indiana Dunes as a kid. It was so cool to go to the same place where my mom basically spent her summers. I loved spending times outside eating ice cream, climbing the sand dunes that look like mountains when you’re a little kid, and then running down them with my older brother. I hope to take my kids there sometime as well!

  • Yulieth Guerrero

    I would love to go to Yosemite someday!!
    It sounds like so much fun โ™ฅ๏ธ
    I have so great memories with my mom and brother, asking for a ride to get to the top of a waterfall on a park in Mexico! And now my husband and I camp as often as we can here in TX:) thanks for sharing Alli!

  • felicia

    would love to go to Yosemite with my husband one day! We love outdoors too and wishing we could travel again once our baby grow up, my fondest memory will be camping with my friends on the top of the mountain. We started from 12 at midnight and reach the top by the time the sun had just risen. It was a beautiful and memorable experience. anyway love your post Alli, hope to win the cute tote!

  • Sarah Choukeir

    I’ve never been to Yosemite but wow it sounds (and looks!!!) great! I went camping for the first time this summer and it was so great. I loved re-creating living habits to make them work outside in the woods. Like tea on a bonfire. One of my favorite memories is just waking up super early, watching the sun rise and feeling as if it had risen that day just for us. Ayways. Will be doing that again!

  • Aarika Chilson

    I love reading this post and seeing the stunning photos of Yosemite. I adore Yosemite, and I haven’t been back to visit since I was much younger. Thanks for sharing your adventure with us, Alli!

  • I absolutely love Yosemite. I have only been once, when I was 10. Our Grandmother vacationed with us so we were limited to the car and didn’t get the chance for any actual hiking. I remember it so well and have many photos. It’s a place I want to go back to!

  • Sofia

    Im from Europe and never have been in America. But the videos that Alli posted on youtube, when she went in Yosemite made me fell so eager to go there. Love nature and outdoor activity, i hope someday i can go there!

  • Judy Haasdyk

    I love Yosemite. My hubby and I visited with friends of ours–local Californians. We had a blast. Favorite memory(ies): rainbow over the waterfalls, and comically fat squirrels (kind of sad though too).

  • ianthe6

    My favorite (and only) National park memory was when I was 10. My family and I visited Yosemite, while traveling trough California. We were warned not to leave food anywhere because it could attract bears. After hearing this, me and my brother were scared out of our minds. We didn’t even dare to leave the car. However, the same day we suddenly spotted a bear and my mouth just fell open in awe. It looked so beautiful and peaceful. I forgot why I was scared. We walked around a lot, saw the most amazing nature and had a picnic. In short, I had the best day ever!

  • Aurora Marie

    I’m from Canada and although I love camping and hiking through the parks we have up here, I can’t wait to experience some of your parks down south! I only ever hear good things about Yosemite so it’ll definitely be one of the first ones to hit up <3

  • heather

    I went to Yosemite about a year ago and it was so beautiful. I loved the tall trees and Half Dome lit up by the sunlight. The waterfalls were awesome too, even though they weren’t extreme because of the drought. I hope I can go back there with my family some day!

    • If you return, go in May! I’ve found that the waterfalls are huge in the Spring from the snow melting. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • It’s on our list!!! We want to go to Yosemite as our next National Park visit so bad!!

  • I’ve actually never been to a national park that I can remember, but I’d love to go to Yosemite!

  • Kristin Lowther

    My Yosemite experience is special because I’ve only been there once. It was me, my husband, our kids, my parents and my brother and sister. My brother was going through a really hard time in life and this was the first time we all got away as an entire family. For a whole weekend we got to escape the pressures of the world and just play. My siblings and I had a custom necklace made for our mom that we presented to her there by a huge bolder, we then climbed trees and went on hikes and explored water falls. It was magical. God is genius in His handiwork and He knows we need to play in nature. We have healing in our souls when we connect with Him as a family in what He created for us to enjoy.

    • What an incredible story, Kristin! How wonderful that you and your family had that time together. I’ve found being in nature, Yosemite especially, to be incredible healing ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Danielle

    We went on a two week long road trip when I was in elementary school and hit quite a few national parks but the Grand Canyon was spectacular! We ended up spending a day, just walking around and taking it in.

  • Serena F

    Photos here look incredible! Never been to Yosemite (or USA for that matter) before, but seeing these pics make it a definite bucket list location!

  • Patricia de Guzman

    Photos are absolutely stunning!! I hope to see Yosemite soon!

  • amotherworld

    Havent been but would love to visit one day, looks lovely.

  • I would love to go to Yosemite! I’ve been to Zion’s, Sequoia, and Yellowstone. That one’s next!

    • Yellowstone is next on my list! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Gwendolyn Burke

    Sadly I don’t think I have ever been to a national park. I must fix this!

  • Ku’unanilokelani Tai

    I’ve gone to Yosemite once before when I was younger but I’d love to go again and appreciate it as it is now and how I am now (:

  • Chels

    The parks are such an incredible opportunity. I have loved my experiences in them but I’m looking forward to exploring the ones closest to me a lot more.