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Yosemite National Park: Suggested 1-Day Tour Itineraries

Just got one day to spend in Yosemite and want to make the most of your time? Your best bet is to devote a few hours to securing some additional days in Yosemite. What's so important that you can't afford to spend a few days exploring some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet? How many truly unforgettable days have you spent so far this year? This decade, for that matter? Aren't you overdue for a few more?

Yes, you are.

If, however, you're still unable to free up more time, you're not completely out of luck. You can only hope to see a small part of Yosemite in a day, but a little advance planning can at least help you make it as full a day as possible. Try one of these tours to pack a lot into a short Yosemite visit:

Yosemite Falls from Swinging Bridge

Yosemite 101: An introduction to Yosemite's most famous sights

Tunnel View, Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite Falls, Mariposa Grove, and Glacier Point
4.5 - 8 miles (7.2 - 13 km)

Nevada Falls, Liberty Cap, and Half Dome

World of Waterfalls: See Yosemite's most renowned cascades

Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite Falls, and the Mist Trail
4 - 11 miles (6.5 - 18 km), depending on how much of each hike you finish

Glacier Point

Glacier Point Trio: A series of sublime views looking down into Yosemite Valley and beyond to the eastern Sierras

Taft Point, Sentinel Dome, and Glacier Point
5 miles (8 km)

Tuolumne Meadows

Tioga Road Trifecta: See the stars of eastern Yosemite

Olmstead Point, Tenaya Lake, and Tuolumne Meadows
5 miles (8 km), more or less