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Yosemite National Park, California, USA

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Yosemite National Park Attractions

It doesn’t matter what your age or what shape you’re in – at Yosemite National Park everyone can enjoy the vast array of activities being offered. And one thing’s for sure, no visitor should make the trip without a camera on hand.

One of the most popular sites for rock climbing in the world is El Capitan. It’s said to be among the best Yosemite National Park attractions. It’s an impressive granite cliff from where you can appreciate the entire valley. You can climb it following easy or challenging routes.

Bridalveil Falls is among well-known Yosemite National Park attractions. It’s 620 feet from top to bottom. It’s a site not to be missed.

Great Hikes and Climbs
Those seeking a thrill will choose Half Dome. This long trip covers 4,900 ft up. You can begin at Happy Isles and continue through Mist Trail. If you follow Muir Trail, you’ll pass Vernal and Nevada Falls. The best part comes at the end when you have 600 feet left to climb. The excitement builds up when you have to install cables in the rock. You’ll need strong cable and nerves of steel.

Tip: If you wish to camp in Little Yosemite Valley you may do so by requesting a special permit. Permits are issued at most supply stores in the park.

And if you’re still in the mood for treacherous yet exhilarating hikes, take the Cloud’s Rest challenge. A hike takes you through wooded areas to Sunrise Lakes and up Tenaya Canyon. The last portion of the ascent is somewhat scary with straight down drops on each side. The sunrise and sunsets make it all worthwhile.

Many visitors take the easier climb of Columbia Rock. A hike up its trails is similar to that of Upper Yosemite Falls. However this route just takes you 1,000 feet above the valley. There’s very little snow during winter and plenty of sunshine.

Must See
No trip would be complete without seeing the most renowned of Yosemite National Park attractions. Take Mist Trail to Vernal Falls and walk through the popular John Muir path. It ends at Sequoia National Park. This is home of the renowned tree giants. Sequoia trees are the oldest, tallest and largest.

Another must see is the hiking path that leads from Glacier point 3,200 feet down. Its panoramic trail is just one more of the incredible Yosemite National Park attractions. It’s most beautiful spot is the cross at Illilouette Fall.

Upper Yosemite Fall’s climb is a favorite. Reaching the ledge to watch above the cascading waters is the most anticipated aim. Continue up one more mile and you’ll reach Columbia Rock.

For Any Age
It’s said that the hike up Sentinel Dome is ideal for any age. It’s truly worth it. Once at the top you’ll enjoy the most magnificent 360 degree view of the valley and beyond. This is the precise spot from where Ansel Adams took pictures of Jeffrey Pine and its trunk. It became a recognized work of art.
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