This beautiful National Park is known for the Half Dome, an amazing mountain that attracts thousands of avid hikers every year. It is open 365 days a year and is ready for you to visit!
Yosemite itself has been around for thousands of years. It was first inhabited by the Ahwahneechee people before European settlers arrived in the 1800s. Its rugged terrain was challenging for settlers trying to cross through Yosemite valley, so the Yosemite Valley Railroad was constructed in 1907. The railroad brought many visitors to the valley, resulting in the National Park we know and love today. Nearly 4 million people visit the park each year!
The park is home to more than 400 different species of animals, and on your visit you may be lucky enough to see a few of them. Bears, fish, lizards, birds, and all sorts of other creatures call this valley home. Some species of insects within the park don’t even exist anywhere else in the world!
The elevation changes within the park itself have a huge impact on the plants and other vegetation you will see. You can see scrub brushes in the lower areas, beautiful oak trees in the higher areas, and gorgeous white bark pines if you make it up to the alpine zone. Scientists have studied the plants within the park for years to understand their makeup. If you are interested in some of the research that goes on in the park, you can attend a scientific symposium that is held once every month.
When you visit Yosemite, there is so much available for you to do it can almost be overwhelming. Take a walk through a grove of giant sequoias in the Mariposa Grove, or hop on a guided bus tour to see some of the amazing views the valley has to offer. If you are of the adventuring mindset, you can take a day hike to see a magnificent waterfall or a wide meadow filled with wildflowers. If that isn’t enough for you, you can even take a backpacking trip up to Half Dome and see the majesty of Yosemite from the top down.
Since there is so much to do in Yosemite, you may decide to stay the night and explore again the next day. There are cabins available for rental, as well as beautiful hotel rooms inside and outside of the park. There are also 13 campgrounds available, with restaurants and a grocery store for last minute necessities. If you want to plan a trip to Yosemite, visit the National Park Service website for help getting your itinerary together!