Re: 2day trip in mid-november
"*must* things to do" - Take LOTS of pictures! :-)
Take the guided tour to get your bearings.
Visit Yosemite Falls (though there may not be much more than a dribble this time of year), then follow the trail to what's left of Mirror Lake (it's turning into Mirror Meadow).
Explore the Ahwahnee Hotel - it's historic & beautiful! Stay there if you can. At LEAST have a drink & maybe a snack on the patio if you don't have dinner there.
You can even enjoy visiting Yosemite Village since it's the off season & it won't be so crowded.
Visit the Indian Village.
Hike the Happy Isles area.
Visit the Mariposa Grove (giant sequoias).
If the bicycle shop is open, rent and ride the Valley Floor.
Walk along the Merced River.
Visit the Ansel Adams Gallery.
Visit the Chapel - many beautiful weddings are performed here.
Sign up for nature walks/talks led by park rangers - very informative.
Enjoy the Fall colors if you're there in early November.
Glacier Point and Tioga Pass may be closed by November. Be sure to carry chains, just in case!!
This is a WONDERFUL time to visit Yosemite - fewer people, cooler weather (come prepared), Fall colors - it's truly my favorite time!!
As for route: This time of year, I would suggest taking 99 south to Merced to pick up 140 into the park through Mariposa & El Portal. You might not be able to get through on 120 if there's been snow. You could call the park before you set out, though, to get updated information.
Hope this helps, & have a GREAT trip!
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