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Yosemite National Park is an area of extraordinary natural beauty in the center of California. It has abundant flora and fauna in addition to majestic mountains, giant trees, vast valleys and peaceful lakes. Every year, millions of travelers visit the park, which stretches across 747,956 acres (302,687 hectares). Glaciers formed the fascinating landscape about 1 million years ago.
See Yosemite Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in the United States. The 2,425-foot (739.1-meter) attraction is one of the park’s most visited sites. Enjoy a picnic on a grassy area nearby while listening to the flowing water.
Get a permit in advance to make the arduous 8.5-mile (13.7-kilometer) hike up Half Dome. Steel cables help hikers climb the steep final section. Some attempt this trek overnight to watch the sunrise from the summit and avoid the afternoon heat. Plan for more than 10 hours for the round trip.
While views from Yosemite Falls and Half Dome are impressive, Glacier Point may be the park’s most spectacular spot. Access the area by car or on foot or skis in winter. Capture photos of the panoramic vista incorporating sparkling granite mountains and tree-covered valleys.
Descend into Yosemite Valley to explore lakes and vegetation. Paddle in the chilly waters of the Merced River.
Investigate some of the world’s largest trees in the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. The Grizzly Giant has a 27 foot (8.2 meter) diameter. Walk through carefully carved gaps for the bizarre experience of standing inside a tree.
Look for many types of wildlife, from spotted owls and white-headed woodpeckers to king snakes and American black bears.
Amtrak trains and tour buses arrive in Yosemite Valley from Los Angeles and San Francisco, which are respectively 300 miles (482.8 kilometers) and 200 miles (321.9 kilometers) from the park. Be sure to make an advance reservation if you plan to stay overnight.
Yosemite National Park is so vast and diverse that you can spend weeks exploring the picturesque region.
Not sure how to get the most out of your visit here? Here are some popular things to do to give you a head start:
Examine our Central Interior California things to do page to learn about more activities while you're in the area.
We had a perfect view from our room of Lower Yosemite Falls. The room was clean and the attendants came promptly in the morning. The bed we had was comfortable and soft.
We love the old-world elegance of the property. If you plan on having dinner in the dining room, make sure you book your reservations when you book the room.
First, when we checked in our keys didn’t work. Had to wait for 30 minutes. Second, the whole time we were there the AC were not working properly, room was never cold eenough. We were on top floor, so
Great location, large clean rooms, staff trying to do their best in difficult circumstances of COVID-19
Great location! It also had a nice little store where we were able to get reasonably priced sodas and ice cream bars. The pool was also very nice. Our kids loved it!
Great location to explore the park from.
Situated in Yosemite National Park, this cabin is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Sierra National Forest and within 9 mi (15 km) of Yosemite Valley and Badger Pass Ski Area. Tunnel View and Bridalveil Fall are also within 12 mi (20 km).