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Yosemite National Park

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Dramatic, spectacular Yosemite National Park, California, proves yet again that small is beautiful. The park is only seven miles long and at its widest, one mile, but it sure packs in a punch with its vertical granite cliff walls, verdant forests, lush meadows, gushing waterfalls and abundant wildlife. If 'bouldering' and 'rapelling' are music to your ears, Yosemite National Park is the place for you. For less enthusiastic mountain climbers, there are treks and hikes to beautiful vistas. For those really lazy, shuttle buses are available to transport you into this spectacular, untouched natural paradise! Breathtakingly beautiful, the Yosemite Falls are the highest in America and for the best view take the Upper Yosemite Falls Trail, a 3.5 mile trek to a windswept summit. If you are still feeling energetic, walk on to Inspiration Point for an even more spectacular view of the waterfall and the valley. Getting to the gentler Bridal Veil Fall is easier -- its just a short walk away from the shuttle bus stop. Rocks cannot get more dramatic than El Capitan, a giant granite monolith rising to 7569 ft, the largest of its kind in the world. Looming over the Park, Half Dome with its sheer 90º cliff face is another dramatic sight. Climbers from all over the world gather here to pit their skills and strengths against these mighty giants. For the most panoramic views of the Park and beyond, trek or take a bus up to Glacier Point, the top of a 3200ft cliff.

Best time to visit

Come winter or sunshine, Yosemite is ready to put its best foot forward for you. In summer, lush, green meadows and forest and gushing waterfalls are there to greet you. In winter, though the waterfalls are reduced to a trickle, there is ample snow to go cross-country skiing or on snow-shoe tours.

Trivia

You will be amazed to see the Mariposa Grove which lies close to Yosemite National Park. The grove has giant sequoia trees and are 2700 years old.

Timing

You can visit the park at anytime of the day. There are entry charges to the park.


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