Yosemite National Park is one of the most renowned and popular national parks of United States. The park stretches along the eastern part of the California state covering more than 1000 sq miles, with an assortment of multiple waterfalls, rivers, lakes, cliffs and valleys. It is also pretty much famous for the amazingly tall sequoia trees, some of which are alive for more than 3000 years. The park is a home to abundant wildlife including a variety of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Adventure lover tourists can engage themselves in various activities like climbing, hiking, camping, cross-country skiing and many more. The must-visit spots of this national park are described here.
Yosemite Valley is most attractive for its breathtaking landscape with several waterfalls, abnormal rock formations, cliffs and meadows. At the Tunnel View point, you can see the Half Dome, El Captain and Bridalveil Fall. The El Captain Meadow presents another view of El Captain along with the Cathedral Rocks. There is another popular view point known as Valley View located beside the Merced River. You can also enjoy impressive view of the Yosemite Falls from the Sentinel Meadow and the Yosemite Chapel. The Sentinel Bridge provides a picturesque view of the Half Dome and its reflection on the Merced River.
The Mariposa Grove is another must-visit location of the park, where you will get to see the giant sequoias or more commonly known as Sierra redwoods. This part of the park is located at the southern side of the Yosemite Valley and during winter the roads might remain closed to vehicles for heavy snow-fall.
At Glacier Point, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Valley, Half Dome and the Sierra Grove. The nearby Badger Pass is the place for cross country skiing during the cooler days.
The Highway 120 or Tioga Road will take you through the park and it is one of the best scenic drives of the country. While driving on this road you will pass through dense forests, pleasant meadows, beautiful lakes and dramatic granite rock formations. Crane Flat, Tuolumne Meadows, Tuolumne River and Merced Groves are most amazing attractions in this way.