Yosemite National ParkUnited States of America

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Visit Yosemite National Park

The hiking trails, waterfalls and mountains full of diverse wildlife make this national park one of the country’s most picturesque.

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.

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Top Hotels in Yosemite National Park

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Curry Village
Curry Village
2.5 out of 5
9010 Curry Village Dr., Yosemite National Park, CA
¥8,385
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16

Situated in Yosemite National Park, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Yosemite Mountaineering School and Yosemite Valley. Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Visitor ...

Curry Village
Yosemite Valley Lodge
Yosemite Valley Lodge
3 out of 5
9006 Yosemite Lodge Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA
¥16,180
per night
Jan 5 - Jan 6

Situated in a national park, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Yosemite Valley and Yosemite Falls. Yosemite Visitor Center is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) away.

3.6/5Good! (5 reviews)

"Accom was great Some Staff were wonderful... Some were not !!"…"

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2019

Yosemite Valley Lodge
Bordentown West
Bordentown West
3.5 out of 5
8041 Chilnualna Falls Road, Yosemite National Park, CA

Situated in Yosemite National Park, this cabin is in the same area as Olmsted Point and Tenaya Lake. Regional attractions also include Yosemite Falls and Vernal ...

Bordentown West

Popular things to do in Yosemite National Park

Glacier Point
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Glacier Point

5/5(563 reviews)

Witness a superb panorama of the Yosemite Valley from this viewing point and spot soaring canyons, plunging falls and granite cliffs along the rugged valley skyline.

Yosemite Falls
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Yosemite Falls

4.5/5(917 reviews)

You may hear these thundering falls, which are among the top 10 tallest in the world, before you see them in California’s Yosemite National Park.

El Capitan
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El Capitan

5/5(828 reviews)

Experience the enormity of Yosemite Valley’s glacially carved granite peaks when you gaze upon this distinctive formation and rock-climbing landmark.

Mariposa Grove
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Mariposa Grove

4.5/5(381 reviews)

Explore Mariposa Grove, a favorite green space in Fish Camp, and also enjoy the area's hiking trails. Amble around this family-friendly area's lush forest and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Vernal Falls
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Vernal Falls

4.5/5(363 reviews)

The first tier of the Merced River’s magnificent waterfall plunges from a jagged granite precipice in a cloud-like curtain and is surrounded by pines.

Yosemite Valley
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Yosemite Valley

5/5(1,118 reviews)

From Yosemite Falls to Half Dome and El Capitan, you can see some of the most stunning scenery in the world from Yosemite National Park’s central valley.

Top activities in Yosemite National Park

Total Yosemite Experience with Giant Sequoias
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Total Yosemite Experience with Giant Sequoias

¥20,510

Spend a day soaking up the natural splendor and breathtaking beauty of Yosemite National Park on this full-day excursion from San Francisco. Trek to a grove of giant sequoias, marvel at features like El Capitan, and enjoy free time to explore the park's outdoor wonders and historic lodges on your own.

Yosemite National Park Valley Highlights Tour
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Yosemite National Park Valley Highlights Tour

¥17,254

Enjoy a small-group tour of Yosemite, hailed as the crown jewel of the National Park system. Watch as climbers scale Half Dome and the granite monolith of El Capitan.

Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
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Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco

¥17,254

Experience the majesty of this world famous National Park and join us as we take you on an unforgettable journey into the heart of Yosemite Valley. Take in some of the most breathtaking sights California has to offer in this one day tour departing San Francisco to Yosemite National Park.

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Things to Know Before Going to Yosemite Park in Winter
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Things to Know Before Going to Yosemite Park in Winter

Find out helpful tips and activities for visiting Yosemite Park in winter to prepare for a safe and fun trip.

Yosemite, daughter-style
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Yosemite, daughter-style

Experiencing Yosemite National Park through the words of a 7-year-old

Instagram family fun in Yosemite
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Instagram family fun in Yosemite

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