Visiting Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. Lovers of mountains and wild nature will find here many attractions. We can admire the high vertical rock walls that can be climbed, lakes, majestic redwoods, wild animals and above all waterfalls. The central point of the park is the Yosemite Valley. The best view on it extends from the viewpoint called Tunnel View.
The symbol of the Park is also famous for its characteristic shape, high at 2693 m n.p.p. the rock called Half Dome, its peak can be obtained by several different routes, but we require a special permit.
Very popular among climbers is also reaching 2307 m above sea level. El Capitan rock. Even if you are not interested in climbing, it is worth seeing it up close.
Another undisputed attraction of the park are waterfalls. The largest of them, Yosemite Falls, is 739 m. The water falls in a triple cascade to a small lake.
It is also worth visiting the Mirror Lake. Lake in which the surrounding peaks reflect, allowing you to take great pictures of you. The lake is not available all year round and dries out in summer. We did not have the opportunity to see it.
If you have not had the pleasure of seeing giant redwoods in Sequoia National Park, you can admire them here. Visit the place called Mariposa Grove, you will find over 500 giant redwoods there. The biggest attraction is the oldest tree called the Grizzly Giant, more than 2,000 years old, and the California Tunnel Tree, the only living redwood with a tunnel car-sized inside.
Visiting Yosemite National Park – Practical Information
The park is open all year, the best time of year is spring. Most tourists visit the Park in summer and traffic jams on internal roads in this period are the norm. The two most beautiful high-altitude trails of Tioga Road and Glacier Point Road are open depending on the snow, usually from May to June. A free bus runs in the park. To visit the biggest attractions you need only a few hours, but if you want to explore the hiking trails you need to reserve 2-3 days. There are 13 campgrounds and a few hotels in the Park, but you have to book them one year in advance. A relatively good base for both Yosemite and Sequoia National Park is the city of Fresno.
Current news about the conditions prevailing in the park (road availability) you will find Here