Yosemite: by Car, on Foot, and with Camera

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Since 1864, Yosemite National Park has been known for its granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves and biological diversity. This massive park (almost 1200 square miles!) is a haven for outdoors-lovers and especially nature photographers.

Our certified Yosemite Park guide Pat can show you the best of it: through your own eyes, and the lens of your camera. He joins us today to tell us more about his tours through the park.

Yosemite Park, an international icon, draws over 4 million visitors annually. Having a personal guide when you are visiting can make it a quality time for everyone in the party including the driver. Not only is it important “where” to go, but also “when” as the parking and traffic can be problematic at the height of Summer season. As a Guide, I try to design the tours to reflect the maximum enjoyment based on the input of the participants including the best light for each photo op and avoiding the mid-day crowds.

Some travelers desire just sight-seeing, but not from a public tour bus. Others want more hiking events while still others want the “Photo Safari workshop on wheels”. Whether hiking, trekking, photographing or sight-seeing, each tour is private and can be customized. Working as a ToursByLocals guide, I make sure that each participant is communicated with in order to ensure that their needs and wants are accommodated in advance of the tour.

Summer is definitely not the only time to visit Yosemite. Some of the best times to be in the park are in the Fall and Winter; there are much fewer visitors and the views can be quite dramatic. With our 4 wheel drive Jeep Cherokee and Chevy Suburban, you can be safely driven on the park roads year round. And for those of you that are adventurous, in the Winter we sometimes put on hiking shoe metal cleats for icy covered trails near to the waterfalls. And in the Spring time, you can always be assured of plenty of water flowing in the park’s many waterfalls...that’s when we don the plastic rain ponchos to keep dry!

As a Yosemite National Park Service approved private guide, I can tell you that there are no other guide tours that share my Photo Safari style! I hope you may check us out on ToursByLocals and consider allowing us to be your guide in Yosemite.

Travelers are already booking time with Pat to see Yosemite in 2014. To get in touch with him and begin planning a day you’ll ever forget, just click ‘Ask a Question’ on his guide profile page.
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