Everyone enjoys traveling to the beautiful places that this world has to offer. Some of the more popular destinations include: the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, and anywhere along the coast. However, none of these places can match the variety of amazing natural sights that you’ll witness at Yosemite National Park. There is so much natural beauty in this park that one could spend weeks trying to see it all, much less take any 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 some of what Yosemite has to offer.
Probably the most recognizable feature of Yosemite National Park is Yosemite Valley. You’ve probably seen it on television several times as well as in movies. Its unique rock formations and unbelievable waterfalls make it a one-of-a-kind place to witness on your trip to Yosemite. This will probably be the most memorable feature of your entire trip and presents ample photo opps throughout. 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 unbelievable parts of the park as you will witness the largest and oldest things anywhere on earth. Some of these trees have been found to be over 4,600 years old. In addition to 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 such tree in the park called the California Tunnel Tree. You can witness about 500 mature Sequoias in this park, which has a concentration of the species.
Possibly the single most scenic point in all of Yosemite can be found at Glacier Point. From high above the rest of the park, you can see the Yosemite Valley, High Sierra, and Half Dome. If you’re scared of heights, you might not want to visit this spot as it is pretty high up there. However, if you’re not afraid of the altitude, it will present some of the best views you’ll find in the world. This is definitely a must-see portion of your trip to Yosemite. This area is only easily accessible for about five months out of the year in June through October. The rest of the time, you’ll have to get there by snowmobile or snow skis.
One of the lesser known gems of the 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 the spot where much of the San Fransisco Bay’s drinking water originates. Like the Yosemite Valley, this area holds some amazingly scenic spots along the way. It is a popular destination for hikers as well. Some of the best trails you’ll find anywhere start out in Hetch Hetchy.
If you’re not really the hiking type, the park also offers some great views from inside your car as well. The Tioga road is one of those places as it is a scenic road that winds for almost 40 miles through the park. Just sit back, relax, enjoy the air conditioning and take in the amazing scenery. You might not find a better drive in the United States. If you enjoy traffic jams, smog, and honking horns this probably isn’t the trip for you. However, anyone else will love it.
Another cool area in 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’re in the “good ol’ days” while visiting the hotel. It is situated between a forest of jSequoias and the Yosemite Valley, presenting great views from every angle. You can relax outside with a cocktail or quickly get to the ski slopes in the winter. You can also find the Pioneer Yosemite History Center here. This will present you with a great look at the rich history and culture of the park. See how it used to look and what people of different generations did in the park.
Overall, Yosemite is a fantastic place to visit for the whole family. Regardless of what type of things you enjoy, you will undoubtedly find something that interests you right here in Yosemite. Try to hit as many of these stops along the way as you can.