Yosemite National Park, in the Sierra Nevada mountains in California, is a stunning example of natural beauty. Here are some of our favourite ways to explore the park.
Yosemite National Park
Located in northern California and encompassed by the Sierra Nevada mountains, Yosemite National park is a UNESCO world heritage site affording stunning scenery and an abundance of flora and fauna. Its top sights include giant granite monoliths, groves of tall Sequoia trees and North America’s highest waterfall.
Yosemite Valley is located in the heart of the National Park and provides access to many of the trailheads. It is also home to the parks famous waterfalls and rock formations, including the impressive and hugely famous El Capitan, a vertical rock formation rising over nine hundred meters above the valley floor. Expert rock climbers regularly scale the rock and visitors to the park can track their progress with a pair of binoculars from different viewpoints.
There are a number of lookout points scattered throughout the National Park, offering a variety of great views and Taft Point is particularly famous due to its wonderful panoramic vistas over Yosemite Valley.
During Spring, Yosemite Falls reawakens with a thunderous boom of cascading water, triggered by the melting snow. The full day hike to the top of the Yosemite falls, returning to the base of El Capitan, is the most popular trail in the National Park and at this time of year, is most spectacular. It does include steep elevation in parts, however, the view from the top is breathtaking and the opportunity to take photos of both Half Dome and the peaks of the Sierra Mountains is unmissable. Aside from hiking to waterfalls, underneath giant rock formations and through lush alpine meadows, the park is also home to around twenty kilometres of paved cycle and riding ways, giving you to the option to explore the park on bike or on horseback.
To tie it all together, Yosemite National Park is home to a number of different habitats, which provide the ideal setting for a number of different animals to thrive in. For the wildlife enthusiast, the National Park supports a diverse range of species including bears, woodpeckers, lizards, pike minnow and frogs, so when taking advantage of all the activities the park has to offer, keep your eyes peeled for some of California’s friendliest creatures.
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