If you are looking for a place to relax, rather than sightsee, Tuolumne Meadows is definitely the place for you. While not high on scenery, it does offer tranquility that not many other places offer, meaning you can lay back and really take in the majesty that is Yosemite’s natural landscape. Plus, during the early season, the place is filled with wildflowers and gorgeous green grass, adding even more to the pretty nature of this gigantic meadow (nearly 2 miles long, with a river winding through it). There are also some granite peaks that really give this the picturesque quality you have been looking for.
Fortunately, crowds aren’t a terrible problem at Tuolumne Meadows. It is very popular, but it is so big that you won’t have to worry about bumping elbows or fighting for photo ops.
More of a stroll than a hike, Tuolumne Meadows offers one of the easiest hikes in Yosemite. It is only a 2 mile hike, and can be shortened or lengthened depending on how far you want to go. Furthermore, it is very flat and it lacks any elevation gain at all, so you don’t have to worry about switchbacks or slopes. Just watch out for the high elevation and you’ll be fine.
It should only take you a couple of hours to hike there and see all you need, but make sure you plan your trip with some buffer room so you have time to sightsee while you are here.