High above Yosemite Valley (at 8,600 feet) along Highway 120 is beautiful Tuolumne Meadows. We were fortunate enough to get a camping spot with friends over Labor Day weekend. Granite is prolific, and friendly enough to try rock climbing for the first time. Tuolumne River is a perfect place for kids to play, skip rocks, and find fish. Because of the high altitude, the weather is very cold at night even in the summer months. Visiting is most successful packing for both winter and summer in a single trip. The road is closed most of the year, so summer is one of the only times you can drive over the pass. Next time you think about heading to Yosemite, don't forget the alpine meadows - they are divine!
P.S. I can't resist linking to our video of campground fun on the tandem bike.