Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is famous for its serene waterfalls, amiable meadows, and stunning wilderness spread over 748,436 acres of land. It is located in the western Sierra Nevada of Central California. The park is located near to Mariposa city.
The park was established in October 1890 and has the world’s most amazing rock climbing destination. Park’s granite monolith will make you overwhelmed by its giantness and the waterfall of the Yosemite Falls which is the largest waterfall in North America will mesmerize your eyes. Horsetail Fall is a must-see natural Firefall as the sun makes glow the upper reach of the waterfall just like a magic.
Other major attraction of the park consists of Half Dome Lembert Dome, El Capitan, Cathedral Peak, Bridalveil Fall, Tuolumne Meadows, Glacier Point, Vernal Fall, Nevada Fall, and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.
Hiking, backpacking, and skiing are the major activities which you can do here and the place is home for around 400 animal species including Black bear, mule deer, foxes, Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, and California spotted owls.
Best time to visit
Visiting Yosemite National Park depends on what you are looking for. If you want to relax by seeing waterfalls then visit it May or June. If hiking and backpacking thrill you, then visit the park in July or August. September has a suitable temperature and also the crowd is less. Winter is a great season to witness the stunning Horsetail Fall.
Things to Carry
Following are the things to carry while visiting Yosemite national park
Hard-soled, waterproof and breathable hiking boots will make your walking on granite easy.
Layered Clothing and Rain Jacket
Carry a rain jacket because you can’t predict when it will rain in the park. The weather in the park changes drastically so it’s better to wear layered clothing.
A bug spray will keep the bugs away from you.
A backpack will help you to carry all your essentials. Also, it will keep your hands free.
Also, carry an emergency kit, map, compass, dry fruits, energy bars, nuts, and water bottle. And please keep the environment clean and green. Also, don’t carry bear spray as it is prohibited in the park.
Tips before Visiting
- Some of the camping sites require reservations in advance while some of the sites will give you a spot on a first-come, first-served basis.
- There are bus services that can get you in the park. There are free shuttle buses that you can take to explore some parts of the park.
- If you are going by car, then do fill up the tank before you visit the park.
- You can explore the park by bicycles that you can get on rent at Curry Village and Yosemite Lodge.
- It’s better to make reservations for food because the restaurants in the valley get closed early.
- The darkness starts spreading early before the usual time of sunsets, so do keep that in mind while planning the spots to explore the park.
- You have to pay an entrance fee for your vehicle that will be valid for seven days. If there is a person who is of the age of 62 and above then you will get a discount on the fee.
- If you are bringing pets, you have to put them on a leash also you have to show written proof of immunization.
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