Oh the wonders you will see when you visit Yosemite
Everyone enjoys traveling to the beautiful places this world has to offer. Some of the most popular destinations include: the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, and anywhere along the coast. However, none of these places can match the variety of incredible natural sights that you will witness in Yosemite National Park. There is so much natural beauty in this park that one could spend weeks trying to see it all, much less taking time to enjoy it.
What are some of the best features of Yosemite and what should you see on your vacation? Let’s take a look at what Yosemite has to offer.
Probably the most recognizable feature of Yosemite National Park is the Yosemite Valley. You’ve probably seen it on television multiple times, as well as in movies. Its unique rock formations and incredible waterfalls make it a unique place to witness on your trip to Yosemite. This will probably be the most memorable feature of your entire trip and presents ample photo opportunities at all times. No trip to Yosemite is complete without witnessing this incredible beauty.
Another amazing place within Yosemite is the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. This is one of the most amazing parts of the park as you will witness the oldest and greatest things in the world. Some of these trees have been found to be over 4,600 years old. On top of that, they tower over you with authority. These trees are big enough to drive your car through the base. In fact, you can go through one of those trees in the park called the California Tunnel Tree. You can witness around 500 mature redwoods in this park, which has a concentration of the species.
Possibly the most scenic spot in all of Yosemite can be found at Glacier Point. From the top of the rest of the park, you can see the Yosemite Valley, High Sierra, and Half Dome. If you are afraid of heights, you may not want to visit this place as it is quite high. However, if you’re not afraid of altitude, it will present you with some of the best views you’ll find in the world. This is definitely a must-see part of your Yosemite trip. This area is only easily accessible for about five months out of the year, from June to October. The rest of the time, you will have to arrive by snowmobile or on snow skis.
One of the lesser known gems of Yosemite National Park is Hetch Hetchy. The trademark of this area is the beautiful reservoir that holds millions of gallons of fresh water. This is actually where much of the San Francisco Bay’s drinking water originates from. Like Yosemite Valley, this area has some incredibly scenic spots along the way. It is also a popular destination for hikers. Some of the best trails you’ll find anywhere start at Hetch Hetchy.
If you’re not the hiking type, the park also offers some fantastic views from inside your car. The Tioga Highway is one of those places, as it is a scenic highway that winds for almost 40 miles through the park. Just sit back, relax, enjoy the air conditioning, and take in the amazing scenery. You may not find a better unit in the United States. If you like traffic jams, smog, and horns, this is probably not the trip for you. However, anyone else will love it.
Another interesting area of the park is the Wawona area. This is the site of the historic Wawona Hotel that was built in the 19th century. The hotel is still open today and is a great place to stay if you enjoy a relaxing atmosphere. It really makes you feel like you are in the “good old days” while visiting the hotel. It is nestled between a redwood forest and Yosemite Valley, with great views from every angle. You can relax outside with a cocktail or quickly hit the ski slopes in winter. You can also find the Pioneer Yosemite History Center here. This will present you with an excellent look at the park’s rich history and culture. See how it used to look and what people of different generations were doing in the park.
Overall, Yosemite is a great place to visit for the whole family. Regardless of the kinds of things you enjoy, you are sure to find something that interests you right here in Yosemite. Try to make as many stops as you can along the way.