The Wonderest Yosemite National Park by ShaviniNimesha

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									The Wonderest Yosemite National Park.



Yosemite National Park, one of the first wilderness parks in the USA, and
designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, is best known for its
waterfalls. But within its 1170 square miles, deep valleys, spectacular
granite cliffs, thousands of lakes, clear mountain streams and giant
sequoia groves exist.

Situated in California's Sierra Nevada mountain range, Yosemite's peaks
soar to over 13,000 feet above sea level. Visitors flock to Yosemite
Falls and Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, whilst the beautiful Yosemite Valley is
popular with walkers and climbers. Free shuttle transport links various
parts of the park.

Most visits start in the Yosemite Valley, in the centre of the park,
which is reached from the El Portal gate. The Merced river flows across
the valley's flat floor at an elevation of 4,000 feet above sea level.
The valley is surrounded by steep, almost vertical, granite cliffs,
including the unmistakable El Captain monolith, Glacier Point, and Half
Dome. Many beautiful waterfalls tumble into the valley, the most
prominent of which are Yosemite, Bridalveil, and, less easily seen from
below, Vernal, Nevada, and Silhouette.

Another beautiful road crosses the park between the Tioga Pass and Buck
Meadows, at an altitude of more than 10,000 feet in parts. This National
Scenic Byway encompasses some of the most awe-inspiring scenery in the
park. Mariposa Grove, accessible from the park's south entrance, is
Yosemite's most famous grove of giant redwoods, whilst two smaller
groves, Tuolumne and Merced are located near Crane Flat; all are well
worth visiting.

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