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3 Day Yosemite Itinerary: How to Spend a Long Weekend in Yosemite

Looking for the perfect 3 day Yosemite itinerary? Whether you’re spending a long weekend in Yosemite or are including the national park as part of a longer California road trip, you’re in for a real treat!

Although Yosemite National Park is absolutely massive (fun fact, it’s roughly the size of Rhode Island!), you can still get a good feel for the park and have an amazing experience in just a few days.I recently spent 3 days exploring Yosemite with my husband Derek, and it turned out to be one of our all-time favorite adventures in California so far. 

This 3 day Yosemite itinerary is based on our exact experience, and I can vouch firsthand for what an incredible time we had.A few notes about our long weekend in Yosemite:
We took the day off work Friday to drive into the park; Saturday was a full day in Yosemite, and we drove home Sunday.

We took the northern entrance into the park and the southern entrance out, since we wanted to see Glacier Point on the way out.

We stayed inside Yosemite National Park at the Yosemite Valley Lodge. I highly recommend staying inside the park if you can, as it will help you maximize your time. If not, there are many lodges and Airbnbs to choose from in the towns outside the park.