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Discover Yosemite National Park

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									Discover Yosemite National Park, California

California had been a fully-fledged state for about a year before
Yosemite was discovered. These days the park isn’t quite so secluded but
it’s still home to some of the most stunning scenery to be found in the
world. Although it can’t boast the huge canyon panorama’s of the Grand
Canyon, or the fabulous powerful waterfalls famous at Niagara, Yosemite
has something that’s quite unique in that it has so many different
natural environments within the one area – from amazing mountain top
views, to crystal streams, natural water features, glaciers and
meadowlands, Yosemite has something different to show at almost each turn
in the road.

The first place you need to stop at is Yosemite Village. If you’re
planning on staying overnight in the park, this is also the area you’ll
probably be sleep as almost all overnight park guests prefer to stay
within this 8 square mile area. The Village is where you’ll find a good
map to help you locate all the park highlights (invaluable if you don’t
have much time to spend in the park!), as well as tell you what’s
happening around the park that day. If you want to take advantage of any
of the shuttle buses that operate between the Village and some of the
park’s highlights, this is also the place you need to be.

If you want to get more in touch with nature, whilst not getting to far
off the beaten track (and there’s plenty of opportunity for that too!),
then plan to explore the eastern side of the park where there are
stricter restrictions on transportation with cars not being allowed into
the area. Here you can ride the shuttle bus into the area and then enjoy
some hiking or alternatively cycle in, without the sound of constant car
engines interfering with the sounds of nature.

Yosemite isn’t just for summer, and although some of its finest views
such as the meadow will be covered over, it’s also a winter playground
for those who love snow sports. If you plan on visiting the park during
the winter months however, make sure you check what parts of the park are
accessible and open, and what facilities you’ll find there.   You’ll also
find that the type of accommodation will be more limited during the
winter months so book in advance around any main holiday periods.

Even if you only have a day to spend at Yosemite National Park, you’ll
see things that will provide memories to last a lifetime, whether it’s
the Yosemite Falls (North America’s highest falls), the huge redwood
trees of Mariposa Grove or the alpine beauty of the Tuolumne Meadows.

								
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