See Yosemite National Park

I want you to come and see Yosemite National Park! There is a reason that this park is considered the crown jewel of the US National Parks system. My name is Kathy and I've grown up living nearby and I am using my site to give you personal insight to Yosemite. I still come every month so I can give you ideas of what there is to do here in every season.

I wasn't surprised when I learned that Yosemite Nat Park is ranked #92 in the world as the most sought after place for people to visit. The truth is, more than 4 million people a year come to visit this wonderful place.

Yosemite is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California.

It is one of the most popular places that people visit in the United States. Yosemite Park covers 1,200 square miles in the Western Sierra Nevada Mountain range and it is open year around. It became a national park in 1890.

I think that the beauty that Yosemite offers lies in the tall sheer granite cliffs, the thundering waterfalls, the dark blue lakes, the grassy meadows, and its thick forests. The scenery is breath taking and compares to little else that I've seen.

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The Center Of Yosemite National Park Is The Valley

The picture that I took above is what you will see when you come. The valley is a canyon that was carved by glaciers during the last ice age. There is a lot of waterfalls here and cool domes that climb more than 3,000 feet above the valley floor.

I love hanging out in the valley. There are stores, restaurants, hotels, cabins, camping, a Visitor's Center, a post office and a quaint chapel. This is just the man-made stuff. The God-made stuff will be the river, the animals and the beautiful outdoors. There are free shuttle buses that will take you around the valley so that you can see Yosemite at your own pace.

What kind of things can you do in Yosemite National Park?

There is of course hiking (which is my favorite thing to do here). Throughout my site I am going to tell you about the easy strolls that you can take and the challenging hikes that are here. In fact, I will help you find a favorite activity.

You can hike to the bottom of a waterfall or go all the way to the top of one! You can take a casual walk up to Mirror Lake/Mirror Meadow or you can float the Merced river on a raft. You can even lay on a sandy beach that is here! I am going to tell you about the horseback riding that is available and about the mules that will take you to the top of a waterfall.

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I will share with you how the shuttle buses will get you to the beginning of many of the Yosemite hiking trails, and to all main points of interest. You'll experience that when you're riding a shuttle bus (with lots of people) it's not so bad because of the spectacular views of the granite cliffs that encase Yosemite Valley. And I hope that you don't leave without seeing some Yosemite wildlife.

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I always find the Yosemite National Park rangers to be really friendly. The park rangers give talks with slide shows almost every evening and the talks change with the seasons. I'll share with you where a couple of swimming pools are so that you can swim if you don't want to venture out into the Merced River.

I'll point out where there is an endless supply of rocks and fallen trees that are ready and waiting to be climbed on! Fishing is a great source of fun for a lot of people. My dad and brothers love to fish, so I'll share with you what bait works here. I'll share with you how to take the best pictures of moving water.  Don't forget to bring your binoculars so that you can watch the mountain climbers scale up the granite walls of Half Dome or El Capitan.

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For those of you who have some adventure in your spirit (like me), just put on a backpack and head to the high country of Yosemite called, Tuolumne Meadows or get ready to hike one of the many Yosemite waterfalls.

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Yosemite Falls

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Bridalveil Falls

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Vernal Falls

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Nevada Falls

Oh, and I can't wait for you see the stars at night here. At night the stars in the sky will thrill anyone who has some interest in astronomy. Because Yosemite National Park is in a deep valley and far from city lights, the stars and milky way galaxy are easy to see at night.

Even though 4 million people a year visit Yosemite California, the rangers tell me that 90% of the visitors only spend time in the valley. The shuttle bus may be crowded with visitors but that does not mean the hiking trails are! Most visitors ride the shuttle bus, visit the shops, eat at restaurants and sit around in chairs and just take in the scenery.

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I want to encourage you to put on your hiking boots and leave the crowds behind and start hiking Yosemite National Park trails. Any of the 800 miles of marked trails will bring fun and stunning views that will give you memories for a life time.

I love the fact that once you get to Yosemite there are so many things that you can do for free! Hiking, climbing on rocks, riding the shuttle and walking the meadows are all free activities to do. Rafting and bike riding don't cost all that much. Yosemite Nat Park a wonderful place for families to visit. Yosemite doesn't have the distractions of televisions and telephones. That makes it very easy for everyone to get little bit of exercise while having some fun at the same time!

A few more things before you explore this site

I have worked tirelessly on building this website. Share this site by clicking on one of the social media buttons that are on the left side and bottom of each page. Come back after your visit and post some of the pictures that you took while visiting Yosemite. I have a number of places for you to share your photos and experiences throughout this site.

I also ask that you book your Yosemite and other US National Park reservations (getting Hotel Special Deals in Yosemite National Park through my links are excellent!) here on my site. This allows me a small commission that I put towards helping our son recover from autism. 

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