Yosemite National Park has so much to offer, it can seem overwhelming to attempt a quick trip. Schedule all of these and you'll make the most of a long weekend.
Plan a hike.
For a moderately challenging hike with rewarding views, head to Vernal Fall. Start at Happy Isles, crossing the nearby bridge to the wide, paved trail along the Merced River. It winds up through large boulders and offers occasional glimpses of the waterfall ahead―at its fullest in spring. At .8 miles, the Vernal Fall Footbridge is a great break spot, with several trailside rocks and logs to sit on while you enjoy a snack and the roaring rush of water. Then continue up the Mist Trail to the top of Vernal Fall. This challenging section includes a stone staircase with more than 600 steps, and it can be slippery. But the view from the top of the 317-foot waterfall can't be beat. From here, return the way you came or take the longer but less steep John Muir Trail, which junctions with the Mist Trail about .2 miles ahead (and also returns to Happy Isles) and has views of Liberty Cap and the back of Half Dome.