National park tips: In Yosemite, early birds get worms, views and sometimes vows

Early morning at Tunnel View at Yosemite National Park finds a happy couple busy tying the knot with the help of the park's leading wedding preacher, the Rev. Autrey Nasser.
(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

At Yosemite National Park, Tunnel View can be murder at midday. If you arrive before 9 a.m., you’ll have more fun. That will put you ahead of most of the tour buses and many of the cars. You might even catch a bride and groom in a solemn act. The park’s leading wedding preacher, the Rev. Autrey Nassar, sometimes schedules early-morning ceremonies to capitalize on that view.

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In honor of this year’s National Park Service centennial, the Travel section is posting 100 park travel ideas and tips based on trips staff travel writer Christopher Reynolds has taken, along with photo-op advice from Times photographer Mark Boster. We’ll post one per day through Dec. 31.


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