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Yosemite National Park: App-Based Audio Guided Driving Route

1. Yosemite National Park: App-Based Audio Guided Driving Route

You can begin this tour from any of Yosemite’s four entrances. No matter the entrance you’ll be using, start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. From your chosen entrance, you’ll head toward the center of the park. As you drive along the GPS-marked route, you’ll hear about the history of this beautiful park, how it came to be, and the presidential visit that defined its early days. You’ll also get a crash course in the wildlife you might find here and how to spot them! Soon, you’ll reach the Loop Road, which contains the park’s top attractions. First you’ll see Bridalveil Fall, an astonishing waterfall plunging 620 feet to a pool below. Next is Cathedral Beach, offering immaculate views of the imposing cliff El Capitan. Then, you’ll pass the Four-Mile Trail, a famous path which climbs over 3,600 feet along its length. After that is the Yosemite Valley Chapel, a historic church dating back to 1879 which still holds services today! Past that is another historic building: the Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, once home to the storied Sierra Club. Next up is Yosemite Village, a great place to stop for snacks and shops. Beyond the village you’ll find Cook’s Meadow Loop, a relaxing stroll offering perfect waterfall views. You’ll get a great look at Yosemite Falls, a dizzying tall waterfall which puts Bridalveil Fall to shame, clocking in at over 2,400 feet! More adventurous travelers will also find a hiking trail which leads up to the top of those same falls. You’ll pass a trio of mountains called the Three Brothers next, before getting a good look at one of Yosemite’s most famous cliffs: El Capitan. Here, you’ll learn about both the conservationist responsible for preserving this impressive landscape in the first place and the daredevil climber who scaled El Capitan’s towering surface without any safety gear! Finally, you’ll arrive at Hanging Valley Viewpoint, offering sweeping views of Bridalveil Fall and the Merced River. The tour will conclude here, but there are plenty of optional stops left to explore, including a grove of giant sequoias and tons more waterfalls and overlooks! The GPS pins make it easy to customize your visit to Yosemite and visit all the spots you most want to see!

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