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Yosemite Park: Where Giant Sequoias and Yosemite Falls Await

Updated: Jan 27

Yosemite National Park

If you are planning a trip to California, add Yosemite National Park to your itinerary.

Founded in 1890 in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, 350 km from San Francisco. Yosemite is 3,030 km2 of lush natural beauty and spectacular views!

Find on our travel blog some information to help you make the most of your visit.

History and geography

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park history dates back to the protection of the natural beauty of Yosemite Valley.

It became a landmark in environmental conservation and ecotourism.

Yosemite National Park is well-known for its iconic rock formations. The most famous are Half Dome and El Capitan.

Not to mention its giant sequoias. In its forests, you will find over 500 giant sequoias measuring 80m high and 9m in diameter.

Enjoy the more than 400 species of animals, bears, deer, and the beautiful deer that roam freely.

Yosemite Park's Top Attractions

One of the most popular attractions in Yosemite National Park is Yosemite Valley. It is a U-shaped valley surrounded by mountains and waterfalls.

The valley is about 9 miles long and 1 mile wide and is bisected by the Merced River.

It is there that Yosemite Falls is located, the highest free fall in North America (790m). Don't miss Half Dome, a crescent-shaped rock.

At least visit El Capitan, the largest granite rock worldwide. It challenges climbers from all over the world.

The valley is fantastic for hiking, picnicking, and wildlife viewing. For adventure lovers, the park offers climbing, rafting, and mountain biking.

There are more than 800 km of trails of different levels of challenge and 45 km of rappelling on the Merced River. If you prefer climbing, take on the challenge of El Capitan.

Unmissable Attractions:

  • Mariposa Grove, Sequoia forest;

  • Yosemite Falls (790m);

  • Glacier Point offers stunning views of the valley and surrounding mountains.

  • Ahwahnee is a luxurious hotel. The name was given by the Native Americans of the region and built in stone and native wood in 1927.

Yosemite recently suffered a fire that lasted almost 10 days and destroyed more than 1900 hectares. A restructuring project proposed recovering the forest's habitat. The goal was to reduce the negative impact of human traffic. To do this, they removed parking lots and paved streets.

The Climate at Yosemite

The weather in Yosemite National Park can vary greatly depending on the time of year and altitude. In summer, temperatures can reach 30°C during the day but drop to 10°C at night.

In winter, temperatures can drop below 0°C and it can snow. Prepare for temperature changes and unpredictable weather conditions.

Where to stay

There are several accommodation options within Yosemite National Park. Choose among campgrounds and hotels.

However, these options are popular, especially during the summer months. If you can, stay at Ahwahnee.

Outside the park, Mariposa and Oakhurst offer a variety of accommodations.

Tips for Visiting

  • Bring comfortable walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing.

  • Bring water and snacks for your park adventures.

  • Read the park's rules and regulations, especially about wildlife.

  • Check the park website for up-to-date weather information and trail closures.

  • At night, remove everything from your car or risk an attack by a bear in the early hours. In addition to the damage, you will also receive a hefty fine!


Yosemite National Park is a must-see destination for anyone visiting California. With its stunning landscapes and adventures, this park offers a unique experience.

Plan your visit in advance to a have a perfect trip, and make the most of the park.


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