An adventure lover’s guide to Yosemite


Olivia Blodgett

Olivia is the Californian writer and photographer behind travel blog Girl With Blue Sails. As she racks up her tally of countries visited, she shares her tips and documents her discoveries that make first class experiences possible on an economy budget.

Why Yosemite?

I’m from Los Angeles, and every summer my family would get out of the city and visit Yosemite National Park. As a child, the iconic mountains like Half Dome and El Capitan seemed like friendly giants. In fact, they still do. Around them are miles of epic hiking trails, waterfalls, wildlife, camping adventures, and stunning views. It’s the perfect place to explore. My best tip is to spend your nights in Yosemite Valley instead of outside the park to save hours of driving. In early summer, the Vernal Falls trail is a must. It’s my favorite hike. And even if you’re not a morning person, catching the sunrise from Glacier Point is worth it, I promise.

Olivia's favorite experiences

  1. Yosemite Valley 3-Day Camping Adventure

    From US$ 629 per person

    Get back to nature on a 3-day camping adventure in the Yosemite Valley. Spend 2 nights camping in the great outdoors, with hiking and swimming in Yosemite National Park. All camping gear is provided; just bring a sense of adventure.

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  2. 3-Day Yosemite National Park Tour

    From US$ 279 per person

    Benefit from the expertise of a personal guide on a multi-day Yosemite National Park tour. Experience a hike through a Giant Sequoia grove, enjoy leisurely hikes or bike rides, and visit natural landmarks with the assistance of your expert guide.

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  3. San Francisco: Yosemite National Park & Giant Sequoias Hike

    From US$ 219 per person

    Experience the incredible scenery of Yosemite National Park and the Giant Sequoia Walk on a tour from San Francisco. Spend hours exploring the Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and the giant sequoia trees.

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  4. From Los Angeles: 7-Day Golden Experience Tour

    From US$ 1,395 per person

    Experience a 7-day tour to San Francisco, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion Park, departing from Los Angeles.

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