Self titled experts would have you think that you shouldn't go to Yosemite unless you had three days minimum (!) to spend there. We were going to be close to the park on a trip to Sonora, and it seemed crazy not to go in, but the message boards on travel sites were full of discouragement if anyone suggested spending only a single day in Yosemite. Come back when you have more time, they all said. You can't really experience Yosemite in a day, they'd continue.
This is total bunk.
I'm so glad we ignored the naysayers and went anyway. The one day in the park was perfect for the kids. We saw the sights, hiked a short bit, took photos, explored, and had fun, then left. We left before anyone got tired or cranky, and honestly, the kids wouldn't have gotten more out of additional days there.
Yosemite in a day is possible, people! No we didn't hike Half Dome, but those message board experts didn't either.
To track how we tackled Yosemite, head over to Silicon Valley Mamas.