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We would suggest an early start in order to see all the highlights of Yosemite National Park (please be advised that you will definitely need your own car; if you do not want to drive yourself, we can certainly arrange a car and driver/guide who will be able to show you the beauty of our area).
It would be the best to drive into the park via the South Entrance (Road 41). You will want to stop at Mariposa Grove (where you’ll find hundreds of giant sequoias); take a short walk through the lower part of the Grove and then continue to Glacier Point. Next, drive down into Yosemite Valley and stop at Tunnel View, Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite Village (you can tour the small Yosemite Museum, which displays beautiful woven baskets and jewelry from the Miwok Indians; the Visitor's Center, which gives you a lot of insight on the geological background of Yosemite; and you can purchase a nice souvenir at the Ansel Adams Gallery). If time permits, you could pay a short visit to the Ahwahnee Hotel and enjoy a coffee or a drink, and then drive out of the Valley by passing El Capitan (stop your car there and have a look at the granite wall; you will be able to see some brave souls who make it their project to climb this giant). In order not to take the same road back to Oakhurst, you could continue on Road 140 to Mariposa (along the Merced River) and then merge onto Road 49 to Oakhurst.
We recommend that you order an Elderberry House gourmet picnic for your Yosemite trip, since the restaurants and cafeterias in the park do not reflect the same splendor as its nature. There are lots of great spots for having a picnic in the park (and don't worry, so far none of our guests had to share their picnic with a big, brown furry friend — that's why we don’t include honey in our picnics.