Yosemite Valley is by far the most popular area of the park, attracting visitors from every corner of the workd. It is home to the most famous sights as we well as the largest crowds. The valley is about 7 miles long (and about 1 mile wide) and contains many great hikes such as the Mist Trail, which passes 2 spectacular waterfalls before continuing up to Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and El Capitan. The Merced river flows through the valley, and you can rent rafts to float down this gentle river, or just dip your feet in to cool off from the afternoon heat.
There are many great places to stay such as the famous Ahwahnee Hotel or Yosemite Lodge, and Curry Village is a great place grab a snack or some ice cream after a long day's hike. Be sure to check out the Visitor''s center while you''re here and take advantage of the free, eco-friendly shuttles with many destinations throughout the valley. If you are interested in camping, be sure to make a reservation early, as spots in first-come-first-serve campgrounds fill up quickly.