I’ve spent most of my life in California, yet I almost never think to leave it. For years, people have been coming here from all over the world, enthralled by the opportunities, both professionally and personally. I was lucky enough to grow up here. And even though I’ve been here for years, I don’t grow tired of what this beautiful place has to offer. Even when I’ve visited a place before—like Yosemite—I’ve found that with apt resources and thrill-seeking friends, the experience is still as adventurous as ever.
A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to revisit Yosemite, courtesy of Getaround. For those of you who have never used the service, I can’t recommend it more. California is a fascinating place mostly because of what exists outside of the city hubs. Since many of us don’t own cars, I’ve been using Getaround to push me from A to B, this time in an AMAZING Jeep Wrangler to Yosemite National Park with blogger pals Aimee, Brooke, and Lisha.
Yosemite is best known for its winter wonderland or summer heat views. Going in March or April seems counterintuitive, but it’s actually the best of both worlds. It’s chilly at night, but warm during the day, perfect for long hikes followed by s’mores by the campfire. Your keys to success are dressing in layers, wearing a good pair of waterproof hiking boots (we wore Ahnu, which are stylish and functional), and carrying lots of snacks and water.
The weather continues to warm up, making it ideal for a weekend trip. Here are my tips to ensure you make the most of your time:
Rent a Getaround: Don’t let not having a car stop you from exploring; Getaround offers inexpensive rentals. You also don’t need to book too far in advance, so if you find yourself with a free upcoming weekend, visit their site and use this link for $20 in driving credit!
Leave Friday morning: Traffic bogs down any road trip, so leave early so you can have a full night’s rest.
Hike Snow Creek Trail: This trail combines summer and winter perfectly. Don your hiking boots and walk through creeks and forests until you get to the top of the mountain, which is covered in snow. It’s a little over 12 miles round-trip and worth it.
Stay in Half-Dome Village: Formally known as Curry Village, their yurts are the best option for a weekend stay. Definitely get one with a heater; you’ll need it.
Bring snacks: Salami and cheese are great energy-boosters for a long hike; we picked up things from Whole Foods. Don’t forget a Camelbak either—hiking is tiring!