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Yosemite National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest block of protected animal habitat in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The park is known worldwide for stunning waterfalls, awe-inspiring cliffs and mountains, and virgin wilderness.
Before exploring the scenery, take a walk through some of the man-made structures in Yosemite Valley. Stop off at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center and learn all about how the park formed, the park’s place in history through the years, and the people who were involved in keeping the park a protected national treasure. The museum is a must-see. Prior to Yosemite becoming a park, it was the home of the Miwok and Paiute First Peoples. The museum gives demonstrations of basket-weaving, beadwork, and art. Traditional games are depicted and there is a reconstructed Indian Village that’s always open.
Yosemite is open all year round so guests can take their pick from warm weather and winter activities. There are bird-watching and fishing opportunities for those that appreciate wildlife and conservation specialists standing by to educate you on the types of animals you will find in the park. Of course, there’s always hiking, biking, and picnicking, but also check out the horseback riding, rock climbing, and kayaking. There are rentals available for equipment. Check out their website for details: https://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm.
Rock formations are some of the most popular attractions in the park. Experienced climbers should look into climbing some of the formations. Hikers are welcome to trek the Half Dome rising 5,000 feet above the valley floor. Hikers may also be interested in the ancient giant sequoias. They’re quite breathtaking, almost eerie to see, but about three miles of hiking is required before entering the sequoias groves as vehicles are not permitted.
Waterfalls are another popular natural land formation. While there are certainly plenty to choose from, it should be noted that the best time to see any of the falls is in the spring while the snow is still melting. By August, water the pressure has normally slowed to a trickle or dried up completely. Horsetail Fall is a popular waterfall to see because in late winter and early spring the water tends to reflect the red glow of the sunset—it looks like lava pouring off the mountain! Yosemite Falls is another great attraction and has the added bonus of allowing guests to hike to the top.
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