Come and see Yosemite National Park! This park is considered the crown jewel of the US National Parks system. It 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 Nat Park is ranked #92 in the world as the most sought after place for people to visit. Over 4 million people a year come to visit this wonderful place.
Yosemite Park covers 1,200 square miles of area
in the Western Sierra Nevada Mountain range and it is open year around.
This place is known for its sheer granite mountains, lakes, meadows, waterfalls and forests. The scenery is breath taking and compares to little else. It became a national park in 1890.
The center of Yosemite National Park is its valley. It's a canyon carved by glaciers during the last ice age. There are majestic waterfalls, tons of meadows, thick forests and cool domes that climb more than 3,000 feet above the valley floor. The valley is well marked with signs and very easy to get around.
In the valley are stores, restaurants, hotels, cabins, camping, a Visitor's Center, a post office and a quaint chapel. 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. From easy walks to challenging hikes...there is something for everyone. 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. You can float the Merced river on a raft or an inner tube. You can even lay on a sandy beach! There is horseback riding available in the valley or you can let a mule take you to the top of a waterfall.
The shuttle buses will get you to the beginning of many of the Yosemite hiking trails, and to all main points of interest in the valley. While sitting on a shuttle bus you will see a couple of the Yosemite waterfalls and spectacular granite cliffs. You can always walk through the meadows and hope to see some Yosemite wildlife.
The Yosemite National Park rangers are really friendly. The park rangers give talks with slide shows almost every evening in Yosemite California. There are a couple of swimming pools to swim in if you don't want to venture into the Merced River.
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. Bring a chair and sit by your cabin or campsite and look up in wonder. You can grab your camera and get into photography. Don't forget to bring your binoculars and watch the mountain climbers climb up the granite walls of Half Dome or El Capitan.
To those of you who have adventure in your spirit, just put on a backpack and head to the high country of Yosemite called, Tuolumne Meadows or hike one of the many Yosemite waterfalls.
Oh, and I can't wait for you see the stars at night here. At night the stars in the sky will thrill anyone with the least interest in astronomy. Because Yosemite National Park is in a deep valley and far from city lights, the stars shine ever so brightly 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. Yosemite has over 800 miles of hiking trails, so I want to encourage you to put on your hiking boots and leave the crowds behind and start hiking!
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 to do. Rafting and bike riding are minimal costs. It is a wonderful place for families to visit. Yosemite Nat Park 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!
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