Half Dome at dusk, Yosemite National Park, California (Don Smith/PhotoDisc)

Yosemite National Park, California (Photodisc)

Rainbow in Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California (Don Smith/Photodisc/Getty)

Rock climbing in Yosemite National Park, California (Chris Falkenstein/Stockbyte)

Winter in Yosemite National Park, California (CA Tourism)

Yosemite Valley,Yosemite National Park,California (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)

Half Dome,Yosemite Valley National Park, California (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)

El Capitan and Half Dome in Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California (iStockphoto)

Yosemite National Park in the winter, California (Hemera)

Fog in Yosemite National Park, California (Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock)


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What to do in Yosemite National Park

A visit to Yosemite National Park’s seven-mile-long, glacier-carved valley guarantees awe-inspiring sights, from Yosemite Falls, the tallest waterfall in North America, to El Capitan, a 3,000-foot granite monolith, the largest of its kind in the world, and towering Half Dome, rising 5,000 feet above the valley floor. See them all on the free Yosemite Valley shuttle buses, which run year-round and allow visitors to hop on and off at 21 points along the valley floor. Beyond the valley, at the south end of the park, lies the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, including the Grizzly Giant, 100 feet around at its base and between 1,800 and 2,700 years old. The Ahwahnee, one of the country’s great national park lodges, is a historic landmark, thanks in part to its soaring Great Lounge filled with Native American folk art.

Traveler Reviews of Yosemite National Park

ANNU rates Yosemite National Park
Very good hiking areas. Lake Bass has really good water activities..
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MrsJBolt rates Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is absolutely gorgeous. The Half Dome, Glacier Point & Badger Pass that look over the Yosemite Valley, and all the falls (BridalVeil, Yosemite Falls) are breathtaking. We camped outside of Yosemite park in our RV in a designated campground, which made it easy to spend full days in the park. (Watch for bears when camping of course and don't leave food out.) A lot of the park can be seen by driving the main roads and short hikes to viewpoints, but Yosemite is something like 95% wilderness, so if you like to hike & explore this is certainly a place you can do it! I would also recommend waiting till children are old enough to walk by themselves for at least an hour before bringing them. Plus, they'll want to be old enough to remember and enjoy the park.
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