I’ve visited Yosemite National Park every summer since I was a kid, so friends often ask me what one thing you absolutely must do while you’re there. The answer is easy: Take a hike! I don’t think there’s a better way to explore the park than on foot. Hikes offer free entertainment for kids and pack in plenty of opportunities to slow down and enjoy the great outdoors. The good news is there are plenty of trails to choose from in Yosemite but the trick is deciding which is best for your family. Here are some of my favorite hikes to take with my own two boys, ages five and two.
Yosemite National Park is 1,169 square miles in size and while most visitors are cramming the Valley during the summer months, there are still many opportunities to enjoy Yosemite without the crowds; you just have to know both when to go and where to go.
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