Yosemite Valley is located in Mariposa County, California and is the site of Yosemite National Park. Yosemite is in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and the national park was founded in 1890. It is one of the most-well known and highest-visited national parks in the United States because of its spectacular natural beauty.
In Yosemite National Park, there are many amazing sights and attractions to see. Yosemite is known for its beautiful 300-year-old glacier-sculpted granite cliffs, abundant wildlife and hiking and climbing opportunities. Yosemite is particularly popular for its rock climbing of the granite walls, as well as the great sightseeing that brings in more than 4 million visitors per year.
Yosemite is a year-round attraction for visitors. Main activities include hiking, rafting and fishing in the summer months and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter months. Hike up to Glacier Point, one of the highest and most popular spots in the park for sightseeing or explore the Half Dome, another very popular spot in the park especially for experienced cable climbers. Discover the highest waterfall in the U.S. and the sixth-largest in the world at Yosemite Falls, which is 2,424 feet tall. The Tuolumne Meadows is a beautiful meadow section along the Tuolumne River and has wonderful plant and tree species to see and great hiking and camping opportunities. If you take the time to explore famous parts of Yosemite like El Capitan, Cathedral Peak, Lembert Dome, the Tunnel view and many more and you won’t be disappointed. Another place to visit is Chinquapin, a former settlement in Mariposa County. Chinquapin is the midway point between Yosemite Valley and Wawona, a community inside the park. The town was built as a junction of the Old Glacier Point Road in 1882. Be sure to visit the historical ranger station and grab some maps and info on the best trails that you can hike throughout the area.
There aren’t many day trip options from Yosemite given its abundance of natural beauty and things to do, but there are some good options that are a bit of a drive. One of the best is to visit the Stanislaus National Forest, about a three-hour drive from Yosemite Valley. It’s a 900,000-acre national forest that spans over four California counties in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Here you can fish in over 800 miles of rivers and streams, hike the beautiful backcountry, go rafting in the Tuolumne River and more. Another day trip option is to take a 2-hour drive to Mammoth Lakes, California, south of Yosemite Valley. Mammoth Lakes, California is a popular resort city located in the Eastern Sierra region of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The town sits next to Mammoth Mountain, which is a very big skiing destination in California. Enjoy the sights like the Devils Postpile National Monument and Rainbow Falls as well as Lake Mary.
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While it is convenient to have a car in Yosemite Valley so you can get around the park easily, there is an excellent bus service that loops around the valley. There is an additional bus that can take you to Tuolumne Meadows for good day-hiking, and Amtrak runs a bus from Merced in the Central Valley directly to Curry Village in Yosemite Valley.
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