Yosemite National Park, CA
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The final flight of stone steps ascending the Mist Trail to Vernal Fall is so steep and narrow, you actually feel like you’ve accomplished something as you stagger onto the vertiginous granite cliff top. Of course millions of visitors to Yosemite National Park have been here before you, so don’t get cocky. Instead buck up and move on to Nevada Fall. You can rest your feet tomorrow on the group ride with Yosemite Valley Stable. If you couldn’t score a room at the Ahwahnee Hotel, at least knock one back at the bar as you drink in the man-made beauty of the historic log beam-and-granite lodge. Your bed is at Curry Village. The tent cabins are well maintained, but the motel-style cabins give you more elbowroom. The trick? You want one near but not too close to the bathrooms.