Snowstorms are nothing but a memory and the springtime peak of roaring waterfalls near an end as Yosemite gears up for summer. It's the busiest season by far, with two million–plus visitors—almost 60 percent of the annual total—typically arriving from June through September. Planning to be among them? If so, here's a list of must-do summertime activities, including some lesser-known finds and the all-time favorites that are well worth the early rise to beat the crowds.
Enjoy jaw-dropping views.
Among Yosemite's many vista points, none is more photogenic, or popular, than Tunnel View, where you'll see the Yosemite Valley panorama made famous by photographer Ansel Adams. At 3,214 feet above the valley floor, Glacier Point has one of the park's most spectacular and vertigo-inducing views of the valley and the high country beyond. However, not all the great views are from on high. Along Cook's Meadow Loop, a flat, mile-long trail on the valley floor, you're immersed in a 360-degree geologic spectacle, from Yosemite Falls and Half Dome to Glacier Point and Sentinel Rock.