Originally Posted by flyingpig11
I know Yosemite is very, very crowded, but don't see another opportunity to get there with the kids and school schedules. I have to presume it is worth it regardless of the crowd. Although the Grand Canyon was crowded, it didnt really feel like it. I hope that will be the case with Yosemite. That is really where my wife wants to go more than anyplace else. Who am I to deprive my lovely?
It is a beautiful place and is fantastic to visit throughout the year. Keep in mind summertime won't offer spectacular waterfalls. :/ However, El Capitan, Half Dome, etc. are still breathtaking. It is very very crowded during summer and you'll no doubt experience traffic congestion. You can take advantage of YARTS transit shuttles to get around if you don't want the headache of driving. Be sure to catch a glimpse of the climbers (El Capitan is usually a great climber watch) area. You will notice the crowds in summer. Without a doubt.
I second Jevan's recommendation for Lake Tahoe.