Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California
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Yosemite gets as many as four million visitors a year, who are usually greeted with a picture-postcard view of Half Dome just as they enter the park. However, only a few of these vacationers actually get to the top of Half Dome, 4,737 feet above the valley floor and a grueling ten-hour roundtrip hike. Visiting families usually enjoy views of Half Dome from the relative safety of Yosemite Valley, but they can also take the park tour bus up to Glacier Point, where there’s a fenced-in observation point with a relatively eye-level view of Half Dome. This is probably the best place to take pictures and also offers an opportunity to enjoy the trip up the mountain along scenic forested roads. (It’s easier and more relaxing than making the drive in a private car anyway.) The bus operates from late May through October and makes three trips from Yosemite Lodge at 8:30am, 10:00am and 1:30pm. Some people like to buy a one-way ticket and hike down the Four Mile Trail. For families in fairly good shape, this hike has some of the best scenic views of the entire Yosemite Valley, and Half Dome itself.
Ratings by kids' ages
- Tots (0-2)
- Little kids (3-5)
- Big kids (6-8)
- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
Tips for Families
Hiking to Half Dome is for athletes and people not afraid of heights - best to enjoy from anywhere in Yosemite Valley.
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