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Yosemite National Park: Trip Planning Advice

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Question:  Vijay Gupta asks:  We are thinking of going to Yosemite National Park in California.  Can you provide some recommendations to plan this trip?

Answer:  Michael McKay II, vacation sales associate at the Concord, Calif. AAA office says:  People from every corner of the world travel to Yosemite in central California to experience the awesome beauty of nature offered by this national park.  You can reach this destination via air by arriving into Oakland, San Francisco or Sacramento airports.  Amtrak has stations in these cities and getting to Yosemite by train is one the most comfortable ways to get into the valley.  It is also the most eco-friendly and relaxing way to get there.  Amtrak offers a combination train/mini-bus trip to the park.  Once in the park, the Valley Tram Tour takes visitors to view many highlights of Yosemite including Vista Point, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Fall.

A great source to find more insider information to plan your visit can be found in the Yosemite Travel Guide on AAA.com.  Here you can click to find AAA Editors top picks for their favorite restaurants and attractions, plus recommendations to make the most of your trip.  The Yosemite web site also has current road conditions and park activities.  If you are traveling with children, be sure to check out the “For Kids” link.

If you plan to drive to Yosemite, you can use TripTik Travel Planner to plan your drive.  This tool shows a map of your route with icons that mark the locations of AAA Approved hotels, restaurants, attractions, other businesses that offer AAA member savings, where to find gasoline stations, and more.  You can also book your hotel stays right from the maps. 

Yosemite, one of the greatest wonders of the natural world, is a destination that can’t be missed, whether you’re a native to California, just visiting for the first time or desire to visit the park many times over in her ever-changing seasons.