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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Valley, California 95389 USA

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“Experience the tranquility of the High Sierra”

Not just a great Valley...but a shrine to human foresight, strength of granite, power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra.

One of the first wilderness parks in the United States, is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more.

For tens of thousands of years, humans have changed, and have been changed by, this place we now call Yosemite. The Ahwahneechee lived here for generations, followed by the arrival of Europeans in the mid-1800s. The rugged terrain challenged many early travelers, with just a few—only 650 from the mid-1850s to mid-1860s—making the journey to Yosemite Valley by horseback or stagecoach. By 1907, construction of the Yosemite Valley Railroad from Merced to El Portal eased the journey, thereby, increasing visitation. Today, 3.5 million people enter the park’s gates to explore. We learn from the stories of those who walked Yosemite’s trails before us, allowing appreciation of their lasting footprints that led to conscious preservation.

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Reviewed by
Tatiana Danger

  • Road Warrior
  • 1,160 Reviews
  • 589 Helpful
July 7, 2014

This is clearly one of the most awe-inspiring parks in America. The best times to visit are after Labor Day and before Memorial day, because it can get pretty crowded. If you go and the weather is beautiful spend the day floating down the Merced River. It's a gorgeous way to experience the park. And climbing Half Dome should be on everyone's bucket list. The drive to El Capitan is long, but definitely worth it. Once you drive into the park, within 5 minutes you'll be surrounded by massive Sequoia trees. A few incredible viewpoints include: Glacier Point, if you enter from 120 theres another amazing viewpoint after the second tunnel, Mirror Lake and swinging bridge. I'd also highly recommend visiting Bridalveil Fall.

14 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
anniekb

  • 7 Reviews
  • 13 Helpful
October 19, 2014

There are no words to adequately describe Yosemite National Park. Although it is one of the most visited National Parks in America and the number of tourists can seem overwhelming at first, walk more than half a mile down almost any trail, and the crowds disappear. Panorama Trail, stretching from Glacier Point down into Yosemite Valley, is a most, even for inexperienced hikers. I hiked it during the busy season in July 2012 and didn't see another person for hours.

5 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Chris Spinney Long

  • Tour Guide
  • 173 Reviews
  • 191 Helpful
April 14, 2014

Wish I would have done the hike up the dome but I didn't and I regret it. Did have some fun climbing up and under the waterfalls though even if I did get completely soaked for the rest of the day without a towel, oh well it was worth it.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
BradleyWhelan

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
January 3, 2016

People say that Grand Canyon should be on everyones bucket list. For me, Yosemite should be. It is amazing, we were a family of 4 with a 9 and 11 year old. We walked to the Base of Vernal Fall, quite a stomp but very rewarding. We also went to the Base of Yosemite Falls, you can walk round dial the side and over some boulders to get right up close. The cherry on the cake was Glacier Point, if you can, make the the drive, the view is breathtaking, make sure you stop at the parking at Tunnel View and look back at the view. THIS SHOULD BE ON YOUR BUCKET LIST.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
sadie.gray

  • 18 Reviews
  • 14 Helpful
September 25, 2014

I have not had the opportunity to hike the Dome but I did have to use a bear safe for the first time.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
leveronique05

  • 13 Reviews
  • 11 Helpful
November 12, 2014

Beautiful place! We originally were going to stay one day but decided to stay an extra night. I would say If you go to Yosemite plan to stay a week. And plan to stay in the valley but make sure you book campground or a place to stay before you go. Finding campground the day of is extremely hard unless you arrived very early to the walk in campground. And by very early I mean be there at least 6am. Other option they have is a wait list for campground, once again the earlier you do it the higher chances of getting a campground. Beautiful place. Cannot leave without hiking to at least one waterfall.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Stephen Rees

  • Road Warrior
  • 274 Reviews
  • 219 Helpful
July 14, 2014

I got to visit Yosemite for half a day during a family trip. We got to see both Half Dome and El Capitan, but I still regret not being able to hike either.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Joel Schat

  • Photographer
  • 238 Reviews
  • 362 Helpful
July 10, 2014

This park is so absolutely fantastic! I highly recommend coming here in the summer as it's mainly closed due to extreme weather in the winter!

Half Dome was one of my favourite places in the US! and the river going through the valley will always be an great composition piece for photography!

All in all a "Must See" park!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Ken Valuska

  • Expert
  • 575 Reviews
  • 151 Helpful
May 9, 2014

Been here a couple of times, some of the most amazing/beautiful views I've ever seen. The falls are amazing, and camping is super accessible and fun. Can't wait to get back!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
scottaholbrook

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
November 21, 2013

My favorite place in the world.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
rrpq

  • 8 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 11, 2016

We hadn't intended to visits Yosemite (again) on this latest road trip, but there is something about this place that we can't resist. Even for just a couple of hours. My favorite place in the world.

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Reviewed by
lanceworley

  • 12 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 15, 2016

Beautiful park - the Panorama Hike at Glacier Point was amazing.

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Reviewed by
Anthony Arata

  • 41 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 1, 2016

LOVE this place. Incredible views and hikes. Some of very difficult because you enter the park at about 4,000 feet up and some of the hikes are between 7,000-10,000 feet. Just be careful of the bears because they're definitely here, and will definitely come after your food. Even if it's in the car.

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Reviewed by
bulger2

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  • 0 Helpful
March 20, 2016

Just got to my hotel room after a full day taking some of the best pictures and viewed one of the must see places in the country.

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Reviewed by
TexasAud10

  • 8 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
December 29, 2015

The view coming out from the tunnel was simply breathtaking. It's hard to imagine that places like this really exist until you actually see them for yourself. We went in February and I was really excited to see snow, but it was one of their driest years and there was none on the ground. I think I would have liked this park more covered in snow (the valley), but I think that's also because I was really looking forward to it. It was still beautiful and the hikes we took were really pretty. We didn't get to explore the high areas due to the roads being closed for winter.

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Reviewed by
LiveOrdinaryWell

  • 12 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
July 7, 2015

Plan a few days here. You can get lost in all there is to do. Absolutely one of the best places on earth. Do your best to avoid weekends, and find swimming holes and just absorb the beauty!

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JustinBullard

  • 5 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 4, 2015

Only the best national park in the country!

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Valley, California
95389 USA

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  • Independent
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  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Wifi
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