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Yosemite: general information

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Being the third oldest parks in the United States and with so much to offer, this park attracts millions of people every year and from all over the world.
A lot of people don't realize that by coincidence Yellowstone became the first national park in the United States in 1872. The 'Yosemite Valley Grant Act' in 1864 offered the Congress a precedent to protect land for the very first time in the world's history. The concept of a national park/'conservation' took it further in Yosemite. John Muir with his love and enthusiasm for natur...
Being the third oldest parks in the United States and with so much to offer, this park attracts millions of people every year and from all over the world.
A lot of people don't realize that by coincidence Yellowstone became the first national park in the United States in 1872. The 'Yosemite Valley Grant Act' in 1864 offered the Congress a precedent to protect land for the very first time in the world's history. The concept of a national park/'conservation' took it further in Yosemite. John Muir with his love and enthusiasm for nature and in particular for this park, involved president Roosevelt in the Yosemite story. And so, in 1890, Yosemite became the third national park of the United States. In a summary this says something about the extraordinary beauty this park values.
While entering Yosemite Valley   rock formations with names such as El Capitan and Cathedral Rocks become alive. Cathedrals build by nature in massive granite dominate the scenery. With El Capitan as the largest monolith of granite in the world, this is a view you just don't want to miss. Yosemite... a stone land, but so much more. Yosemite Valley is also famous for its awe-inspiring waterfalls. While Yosemite Falls may be dry by August, Bridalveil, Vernal and Nevada Falls flow all year.
The other valley, Hetch Hetchy, serves as the portal to many spectacular and remote areas of Yosemite. Hetch Hetchy provides spectacular vistas, waterfalls, and miles of hiking opportunities. This valley is also home to the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. This reservoir containing 117-billion-gallon of water, supplies pristine drinking water to the Bay Area. Today this largest single body of water in Yosemite is on the table for discussion supported by the 'Restore Hetch Hetchy' organization.
All of the roads in Yosemite National Park are scenic. The most famous scenic drive is along the Tioga Road. This is a 39-mile (62 km) drive from Crane Flat to Tioga Pass. At 9945 feet (3031m) above sea level this is the highest automobile pass in California. At the very beginning of the road, you'll encounter Tuolumne Grove. Here you can see giant sequoias. Being smaller than the more-famous Mariposa Grove, also means being quieter. The White Wolf area, midway across the park, is the starting point for day hikes to Lukens Lake and Harden Lake. For some fine trail descriptions see the Crane Flat & White Wolf Area Hiking Map. At 8,600 feet Tuolumne Meadows is one of the largest high-elevation meadows in the Sierra Nevada. It provides a glimpse of the High Sierra (nickname for Sierra Nevada). It is the jumping off place for countless hikes. Finally the road enters the Great Basin Desert. This is the largest desert in the United States, consisting of 500.000 square kilometers or 190,000 square miles. Photographer Patrick Holleran provide you with some fine information and photographs.
Another scenic road, Glacier Point Road, takes you to an exhilarating-some might say unnerving-view 3,214 feet down to Yosemite Valley.
After Tuolumne Grove and Merced Grove,   the Mariposa Grove is the park's largest of the three groves in Yosemite National Park. About 500 mature giant sequoias, perhaps the largest living things on earth, command awe and respect. Gaze up at some of the earth' oldest and tallest trees, with some of them 3,000 years in age.
Travel Back in Time and visit the nearby Wawona's Pioneer Yosemite History Center. Here you will find a collection of historic buildings, and you can join 'Buckshot' for a horse-drawn stage ride! These 10-minute rides introduce you to an early chapter in Yosemite's history. Fun for the whole family.
This is the official Park Map by the National Park Service. Be sure to check the Park's 'Maps' section to view more.
Being the third oldest parks in the United States and with so much to offer, this park attracts millions of people every year and from all over the world.
A lot of people don't realize that by coincidence Yellowstone became the first national park in the United States in 1872. The 'Yosemite Valley Grant Act' in 1864 offered the Congress a precedent to protect land for the very first time in the world's history. The concept of a national park/'conservation' took it further in Yosemite. John Muir with his love and enthusiasm for natur...
On a hot summer day you might want to take a dive at Rainbow Pools swimming hole on your way to or back from Yosemite NP.

Yosemite: nearby sleeping facilities

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20 preferred sleeping facilities (B&B's, inns, motels, etc.):

Pinecrest Lake Resort
10th Green Inn
Evergreen Lodge
St George Hotel
Yosemite Westgate Lodge
White Wolf Lodge
Big Creek Meadow Ranch
Hotel Charlotte
Murphey's Motel
The Jackson Lodge
Yosemite Gateway Motel
Sonora Inn
Robin's Nest
Hotel Jeffery
El Mono Motel & Latte Da Coffee Cafe
Yosemite Springs B & B
Yosemite Lodge at the Falls
Yosemite Gold Country Motel
Blackberry Inn Bed and Breakfast
Yosemite View Lodge

Yosemite: nearby destinations

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