Yosemite National Park in California, Not just Hiking

A youngster walks along the banks of the Merced River, in view of El Capitan (L), and Bridalveil Fall (R) in Yosemite National Park, California May 17, 2009. Elevated river and waterfall levels mark the spring snowmelt runoff in the Sierra Nevada, constituting a large component of California’s water supply . REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL) – RTXKYD8

Yosemite National Park is a land of giants. As one of America’s most popular national parks, Yosemite boasts some of the best views, hiking trails, and family vacation opportunities in the country.
“Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.”Ansel Adams

As the precedent for all future American national parks, we truly know there would be no national parks without Yosemite. Located in central California, Yosemite National Park was established in 1890 and draws four million annual visitors. Almost 95 percent of the park’s 747,956 acres (roughly the size of Rhode Island) is classified as wilderness.

Yosemite National Park offers an abundance of activities and sightseeing destinations.

The Valley is a 7 mile wide canyon with incredible rock formations, including El Capitan, the world’s tallest granite monolith and one of the world’s top rock climbing destinations.

Yosemite Falls is the largest waterfall in North America with breathtaking views. Peak visitation at the falls is in the spring as it is comprised entirely of melting snow.

The park is also known for its Giant Sequoia trees, which are estimated to be over 3,000 years old.

Half Dome Cables is the most famous–or infamous–part of the hike. The two metal cables allow hikers to climb the last 400 feet to the summit without rock climbing equipment. Since 1919, relatively few people have fallen and died on the cables. However, injuries are not uncommon for those acting irresponsibly.

Plus, night there is incredibly beautiful. A video for you, please enjoy it.

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