There are so many beautiful and exciting things about Yosemite, but there are some things that you cannot afford to miss when you are visiting the park. Yosemite Valley, Mariposa Grove, Glacier Point, and all the magnificent waterfalls are just to name a few. No matter what you do in the park however is going to be an experience that you are going to cherish for a lifetime.
Yosemite Valley is one of the few places that are accessible by car all year long, and there are so many different things that you can do there. You can see many different rock formations, and cliffs that you can’t see from anywhere else in Yosemite National Park. Not only are there great views but the wildlife is impeccable. You can find many species of birds, squirrels, and if you look around you really close you will see deer prancing around you.
Mariposa Grove is one of the most famous places to visit in Yosemite. There you will find the largest stand of giant sequoias. These are often known as the redwoods or the big trees. This is one of the best views of the giant sequoias that you will ever see. There are some places that you can actually take pictures underneath a redwood and walk all the way through the tree. When you are visiting Mariposa Grove in the winter, make sure that you check the weather before you leave. Sometimes during parts of the winter the road that leads to these wonderful sequoia trees will be closed, and you will not be able to access Mariposa Grove from any other roads.
Wawona is home to a great historic hotel dating all the way back to the late nineteenth century. Wawona is accessible by car all year, and is certainly one of the greatest places to visit and learn about all the historic buildings, and the pioneers that were in this area as well as around California. This is a great place for all ages, and if you are interested in history you might find yourself spending a whole day in Wawona itself.
Glacier Point is a great place to go for some amazing photos. This outlook point is an overlook of the many great things about Yosemite Valley. However, this road is closed for a good chunk of the winter, and spring time. This is due to the high levels of snow and ice that makes the roads very unsafe. Don’t worry about missing out on the wonders of Glacier Point just because you cannot drive. Head on up to Badger Pass where you can do some cross country skiing to Glacier Point, or rent some snow shoes and take a very scenic hike. You will see every little part of Yosemite when you hike over, and that is also when you are going to see the most wildlife.
Waterfalls: Yosemite makes a great home for all of the many waterfalls that flow in the park. However, there are some that are more famous than others, and some that will be running more than others in different times of the year. If you are looking for the best time to see some of the waterfalls, then you should look at coming in the months of May or June. This is because that is when the peak of the water flow is. However, if you are looking at coming only for the waterfalls, or if that is a big part of what you want to see in Yosemite, then try to avoid coming after August. This is when all of the waterfalls start to dry up and some even stop flowing around this time. Some of the most popular waterfalls in Yosemite are: Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Fall, Vernal Fall, Nevada Fall, Ribbon Fall, Horsetail Fall, and the Staircase Fall, but there are so many in Yosemite and each one of them has magnificent beauty that circles each one differently.
With all of the different kinds of things to do and see while you are in Yosemite, there is something for everyone to see and something that everyone is going to enjoy. This is a place where memories are made, great pictures are taken, and the love of nature begins. Yosemite is a place that you will never regret visiting, and somewhere that you will want to come back to. Come enjoy the wonders of Yosemite, you will be glad that you did.