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Location: California in USA
Time to Visit: March to October
Admission Fee: $20
How to Reach: It takes around 3.5 hours to come from San Francisco to the Yosemite National Park by driving while the distance from Los Angeles is around 6 hours.
Parking: $20 per car
Nearest Railway Station: Merced Train Station
Nearest International Airport: Fresno Airport
Time required for sightseeing: 1-2 days

None surpasses nature as a sculptor, a designer with the most sublime sense of form and beauty. Millions of years ago, through massive tectonic shifts and glacial movements created a majestic zone at the center of what is now known as the state of California: nature carved out the most breathtaking cliffs, valleys, canyons and waterfalls in an almost relentless spate of creativity. Sheltered by the massive sequoia trees, thousands of flowers that are absolutely breathtaking in their variety of color and texture make the Yosemite National Park one of the most visited destinations for nature lovers from all across the world.

Plan your vacation to the Yosemite National Park, California and experience nature and scenic beauty like never before! Lying in the heart of California, Yosemite National Park (National Park) is famous for its beautiful waterfalls, 'hanging' valleys, lovely lakes, smooth domes, U-shaped valleys and other scenic wonders. It is not just a great valley but signifies the might of granite, force of glaciers and the serenity of the Sierra region.

The Yosemite National Park, California ranks among the first and most popular wilderness parks in the United States. It is spread over an area of around 1,189 square miles and is set amidst the eastern regions of Tuolumne and Mariposa and also stretches up to the western hills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The national park is surrounded by verdant highlands, deep valleys, waterfalls, beautiful meadows and a sprawling vegetation of deciduous and semi tropical vegetation. The national park is also famous for its biological diversity and is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna.


The Yosemite National Park is listed among the World Heritage Sites and draws around 3.5 million tourists annually. If you wish to spend some days amidst a serene and scenic environment in the lap of nature, Yosemite is perhaps the right choice for you. Making a vacation here is a truly unforgettable experience.

The early natives in the Yosemite National Park were the Paiute and Sierra Miwok tribes. During the mid-19th century, the inflow of white travelers gradually increased in the area due to the California Gold Rush. Perhaps the first tourists in the area were artist Thomas Ayres and entrepreneur James Mason Hutchings who first came here along with two others in the year 1855. Gradually commercial interest in the area increased and this led well-known citizens like Galen Clark and Senator John Conness to back for the preservation of the area. Subsequently a park bill was passed to create the Yosemite Grant in both houses of the Congress and approved by Abraham Lincoln on June 30, 1864. In the year 1916, the National Park Service was created and the park was made a part of the agency. Since then, the popularity of the park gradually increased and within few years it became a famous tourist destination.

Most of the landscape in the Yosemite region is formed from the erosion of granite rock of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Around 5 % of the landscape is formed from metamorphosed sedimentary and volcanic rocks. The process and fracture was responsible for forming deep valleys, domes, canyons and other geographical features. The high areas of the Yosemite National Park consist of attractions like Tuolumne Meadows, Dana Meadows, Clark Range, Kuna Crest and Cathedral Range. There are also some peaks made from red metamorphic rocks like Mount Dana and Mount Gibbs while Mount Conness and Mount Lyell are made from granite.

The waterfalls are a major attraction of the Yosemite National Park. The highlands of the park consist of plenty of waterfalls and streams. The area is full of glacial steps and hanging valleys which provide an ideal setting for the formation of these waterfalls. Famous among them is the Yosemite Falls, which is the highest waterfall in North America. It rises up to a height of 739 meters. Some other popular waterfalls are Ribbon Falls, Bridalveil Falls and Wapama Falls and so on. You can view the beautiful Bridalveil Falls from the Tunnel View viewpoint, situated at the eastern end of the Wawona Tunnel.

The Yosemite National Park is home to a varied range of flora and fauna. Much of the area consists of an extensive vegetation of mixed coniferous forests like Ponderosa Pine, White Fur, Sugar Pine, Incense-cedar, Douglas Fir and other species. Some areas also consist of Black Oak and Canyon Live Oak. The sprawling forests in the area also support a wide range of wildlife. Around 250 species of animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals live here. If you are a nature lover, you can witness plenty of wildlife in the national park. Some prominent animal and bird species found here are American Black Bear, Gray Fox, Bobcat, Mule deer, Gilbert's Skink, White-headed Woodpecker, Brown Creeper, and Spotted Owl. Various species of bats and reptiles are also found.

The Yosemite National Park (National Park) is also an ideal place if you wish to undertake hiking expeditions. El Capitan is a well known granite cliff in the area, which is a famous rock climbing and hiking spot in the world as it offers diverse climbing routes.

There are lots of accommodation centers and hotels in the Yosemite National Park which offer excellent lodging facilities. Some of the popular lodges and hotels are Wawona Hotel, Ahwahnee Hotel, and Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, Curry Village and others. It takes around 3.5 hours to come from San Francisco to the Yosemite National Park by driving while the distance from Los Angeles is around 6 hours.

You will find some excellent audio-visual documentations of the Yosemite National Park on the internet including some authentic travelers' accounts of their visit to this wonderful destination.

We provide you with relevant links below:

http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=KGxGpib-yHw: This is the first in a series of a wonderful documentary on the Yosemite National Park. You will get the best views of the Park and also learn a lot about the place. Watch through the entire series and enjoy!

http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=DzzscV9L5QI: A short excerpt of a documentary on the Yosemite National Park. Despite its brevity, this provides some wonderful views of the major landmarks of the Park. And yes, a Bob Dylan classic on the background!

http://www.travelblog.org/North-America/United-States/California/Yosemite-National-Park/: For some authentic first hand travelers information on the Yosemite National Park as well as some cool pics of the region, click on this link! You will also find some relevant information camping information.

http://realtravel.com/yosemite_national_park-journals-j2002257.html: You will love this entry! It is honest, entertaining as well as informative. Just click and check it out!

http://www.travelwebdir.com/travelarticles/Yosemite-National-Park-495.html: If camping is what you have on mind during your visit to the Yosemite National Park, check this site out. It is another very informative and helpful travel blog on camping at the Yosemite National Park. F

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