Although many of the best-known attractions in Yosemite national park can be viewed from Yosemite Valley, walks and hikes on high-country meadows to ancient sequoia forests.
Yosemite National Park
Carved by ancient glaciers, the park features massive granite rock formations, roaring waterfalls, meandering rivers, lushly forested valleys and grassy meadows.
An overlook that offers sweeping views of Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point is accessible by foot, car or bus during the long warm-weather season and by cross-country skiing in winter.
Located in Yosemite national park in Sierra Nevada Mountains of central eastern California, Tunnel View is an overlook where visitors can enjoy amazing views.
Like El Capital, Bridal Veil Falls, Half Dome and the gorgeous Yosemite Valley.
The tallest waterfall in the United States, Yosemite Falls pours down a cliff side in three cascades and provides picturesque views from multiple locations within Yosemite National Park in California.
The falls vary in water flow, however, and sometimes disappear entirely during drought conditions.
Situated in the eastern section of Yosemite Valley, the 317-foot (97-meter) high Vernal Falls flows into the Merced River all year, even when other waterfalls in the park go dry.
For less adventurous visitors, a footbridge located around halfway up the climb provides scenic views of the falls and the valley.
Yosemite’s most recognized geological feature, Half Dome’s near-vertical northern face has enticed rock climbers for more than a century.
But intrepid visitors can also reach the top by way of a long and arduous trail from the floor of Yosemite Valley.
Located in the southernmost part of Yosemite National Park, the Mariposa Grove is a protected forest of giant sequoias, some of which have been growing for more than 2,000 years.
Toppled giants like the Fallen Monarch are notable as well. Open-air trams offer engaging tours of Mariposa Grove, and tram to walk around the mammoth trees.
Located on southern side of Yosemite Valley, Sentinel Dome is best known for a photograph Ansel Adams took of the summit in 1940, which featured a wind-swept pine tree seemingly growing out of the rock.
During the winter, the dome can be reach via ski tours from Badger Pass.
The region around Yosemite features landscapes of great diversity, including the high plateau of Tuolumne Meadows.
Located around an hour’s drive northeast of Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne’s flat basin is surrounded by steep granite rock formations and domes.
Day trips to the region’s beautiful lakes are can’t-miss activities as well.