What Do You Need to Know About Yosemite National Park?

You might assume that a trip to the US would be all about big skyscrapers, bigger burgers and insane inner city traffic.

Well, you could make a trip to the kind of place where this is your reality for a few days but wouldn’t you rather get out and see some of the most spectacular scenery on Earth? Of course you would.

What is Yosemite National Park?

This is a giant National Park in the state of California that covers close to 750,000 acres and is visited by over 3.7 million people every single year. To be fair, it is calculated that most visitors spend their time in the smaller Yosemite Valley section. The park is a World Heritage site and sits on the edge of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

What Is There to Do and See?

Ok, sounds good but what the heck is there to do and see there? The park is known for the large number of waterfalls but there is a lot more to see here including glaciers, granite domes, massive trees, abundant wildlife and hanging valleys. All of this means that it is a wonderful place to walk around and soak up the sights and sounds. The rock formations here also make it one of the world´s most popular rock climbing destinations. One of the first sights to hit most visitors is the famous Tunnel View through the long, granite Wawona Tunnel. After this, the granite cliff called El Capitan will have you scrabbling for your camera, which is the effect it has on most visitors. This is where most of the rock climbing is carried out but you can also hike your way to the top if you like.

Yosemite Park Where to Stay

There are a number of options for staying within the Yosemite National Park boundaries. These include hotels, lodges and good old-fashioned tents. You should bear in mind that this is a hugely popular area and it makes sense to book in advance if you can. As you look at places further away you will obviously get more options but staying close to the action will give you an even better experience and the chance to spend more time there.

When to Go

The park is open every day of the year and every month has its own special charms to entice you. Summer tends to be the busiest and warmest time of year but the size of the park means that you shouldn’t be too bothered by the crowds once you get in. National holidays such as the 4th of July and Labor Day are when the visitors really start to pile in and are probably best avoided. Autumn is a good choice too, as the colors on the trees start to change in a spectacular way and the crowds begin to dwindle. Winter is generally the quietest time and it should be easier to get a room inside the park´s boundaries at this time, although the weather can also be rough at times. Spring sees the snow melt and the waterfalls grow in volume but the weather can still turn bad if you are unlucky.

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