Yosemite National Park: More Than the Waterfalls

Yosemite National Park and great waterfalls go hand in hand – one cannot be thought of without the other. So, if you want to take the pleasure of waterfalls and use up all your camera rolls, then you must visit this national park. There is no doubt that this national park has some of the most spectacular waterfalls; at the same time, there are many other attractions also – it is among the first wilderness parks throughout the United States. Yosemite National Park covers about 1,200 square miles and has many interesting features to attract visitors in thousands. Apart from a large span of wilderness, you will find ancient giant sequoias, grand meadows and deep valleys. Rains at the Yosemite National Park usually occur between January and March; the summer season is usually dry and warm. Some breathtaking thunderstorm activities take place during this season following a build-up of clouds. The transitional seasons of fall and spring can have some dramatic changes in a day, when a sunny day turns into a stormy one without any warning.One of the attractions at the park is riding along the half dome cables. The cables at the Half Dome Trail operate every Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as on any other federal holiday. But you need to keep it in mind that to enhance safety, you will need to have a permit to climb to the top, however. That should not dampen your spirits as there are many other places that you can visit in this national park. Given below are some of the special places that you must visit:Yosemite ValleyThis is where you will find most of the waterfalls. You should plan your visit during spring if you want to catch the most spectacular runoffs but if you go there during late summer or fall, you will barely find water.However, the waterfalls are not the only attractions at this Yosemite Valley. You will have the opportunity to have some of the best views at the Tunnel View. From here, you can see El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall and Half Dome in the distance. You can see the Cathedral Rocks from El Capitan Meadow.Other places of attraction in this valley include the Valley View, the Yosemite Chapel, the Sentinel Meadow and the Sentinel Bridge.Mariposa Grove of Giant SequoiasLocated close to the South Entrance of the national park, Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is some 36 miles to the south of the Yosemite Valley. This is where you will find the ‘big trees’ – as the giant sequoias or Sierra redwoods are called. Only skiers and hikers can access this place between November and April when the road is closed for the vehicles to pass.WawonaThis is where you will find the Wawona Hotel; it has a rich history behind it. The first history center at the park is located close by the hotel, just across the covered bridge.Glacier Point & Badger PassYou have to just take a short walk to go to the viewpoint at Glacier Point from where you can have special views of the rest of the valley and half dome. The road is usually ploughed just up to Badger Pass (which is a ski area) between November and June.If you have enough time in hand, you can also visit the Hetch Hetchy, Crane Flat, as well as the Tioga Road and the Tuolumne Meadows situated in this Yosemite National Park.

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