It is very rare for a US National Park to be visited and explored without a car. Not having a car can be a hindrance for tourists to enjoy the natural beauty that the America has to offer. Yosemite National Park is one of the very few national parks that can be enjoyed by everyone without having or renting a car. It is very possible for tourists to come here via public transportation and to discover the area via its own shuttle service. If you are planning a tour of Yosemite and worrying about not having a car, then worry no more, this article is just right for you. Here’s our guide to Visiting Yosemite Without a Car.
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Let’s get it out of the way, “San Francisco is pretty expensive.” It is one of the most expensive cities in America and the cost of living is just right up there. Hotels, food, parking, and shopping are quite expensive than in Los Angeles. Yes, traveling here can hurt your pocket, but for travel fiends, like most of us, we’ll always find a way. We can always find a way to visit San Francisco on a budget.
Los Angeles is the home of the biggest stars in the world. All aspiring actors go to LA to try their luck and penetrate the world of showbiz. But, not everyone who’s going to LA is wanting to be famous, some just wanted to see the beauty that is Los Angeles.
We wanted our first visit to a US National Park to be amazing and memorable, that’s why, we totally prepared for it. Yosemite National Park has been for a long time a dream place to visit. With all its wonderful waterfalls, green meadows, gigantic granite mountains, and wildlife, it is surely on everyone’s bucket list. Aside from knowing which transportation, accommodations, and tours to get, knowing what things to pack is also very essential.
My wife and I knew that upon alighting from the train at Civic Centre Station and having our first glimpse of San Francisco, it was going to be a fun one. Passing by these victorian houses on a cool weather was an ultimate American experience. We knew that seeing the Golden Gate Bridge was the ultimate goal and we decided to not actually just see it. But, to experience it. Since we both loved the outdoors, we decided to bike it. Bike the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, that was the plan.
Almost all people living in Los Angeles would tell you that LA is not tourist friendly for lack of efficient transport system. Add the fact that the city is one sprawling metropolitan hub. That is why, having a car is must. Though that may be true, it is still possible to visit and experience Los Angeles without an automobile, you just have to know where to go. One place in LA that is full of tourist attractions that do not necessarily needs car is the Downtown Los Angeles.
It was freezing cold when we woke up at 5am in a tiny Tent Cabin we were renting at Half Dome Village. Summer is almost near but the temperature at night still drops to below 10 centigrade. We headed to the shared bathroom, 30 steps away from our cabin, to freshen up and proceeded to have our Western breakfast. We readied ourselves with what we anticipated to be the highlight of our Yosemite tour, hiking the Panorama Trail.
We are used to taking a 2-hour flight from Macau, where we are currently living, to the Philippines, our home country. The longest flight that we had was a four-hour flight to Thailand. And even that, is like a I-seat-finish-one-book-and-voila-we-are-here flight. Long distance flight is not something we are accustomed to. Not until we made our trip to the United States.
“Are you sure this is a good idea?” This was the question my wife asked me when I told her we will have to take bus, train, and bus again to Yosemite and then to San Francisco. I told her, “Yes, it is and it’s fun.” Also, it wasn’t like we have lots of options. Taking the public transportation was the only way to go.
Our trip to San Francisco was quite challenging not only because we were first timers, but, also because we didn’t have a car. Renting a car was out of question because it’s quite expensive and the parking. We’ve heard that the parking fee could cost a fortune. Good thing, San Francisco is very accessible and tourist attractions are easy to reach.