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The Best Way to See Yosemite is to go to Yosemite

Today SFGate had a funny story about a new tourist attraction down on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco--a flying virtual tour of Yosemite National Park. And writer Grant Merik wasn't impressed.

Here are the first two lines of the story: " Yosemite is unequivocally one of the most beautiful places on planet Earth. And virtual Yosemite is unequivocally not."

Well, OK then!

Merik then goes on to outline how bad the experience really is, but we'll let you read that on SFGate:

Meanwhile, there's at least one more element Merik completely misses. He seems to agree with the Yosemite VR experience that Yosemite is pretty much Yosemite Valley.

We would like to point out that Yosemite Valley is approximately 2% of the entire park, and that some of the very best parts of Yosemite are not even mentioned--not in the VR experience, and not in the article.

We'll let that be our little secret--just between you, me and anyone else who happens upon this website.

For more on Yosemite, you can always check out our destinations page--which has tons of hikes and other ideas for seeing Yosemite. The real one, not the VR experience.

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