1890: National Park
Rating (1-5): Unrated
About the SiteOne of the first National Parks ever created, Yosemite comprises what may be the most beautiful 700,000 acres in the United States. Granite peaks rise above green meadows in summer, and the snowfall in this, the middle of the Sierra Nevada, makes a dramatic scene in winter. There are beautiful valleys, high-country meadows, spectacular waterfalls, and sparkling lakes. The elevations in the park range from 2,000 feet to more than 13,000 feet above sea level, which means visitors will find an outstanding variety of plant and animal life.
What You're Going to SeeMost organized activity centers around Yosemite Valley. It has a visitors center and modern conveniences found in most small towns. The valley is open year-round and has the famous features of Half Dome, Bridalveil Fall, El Capitan, and Yosemite Falls. These falls are most active in spring, when melting snowpack feeds the rivers.
Personal ObservationsI haven't been there yet, but I've got to take the family camping there someday.
Getting ThereFrom Manteca, take Highway 120 east for 112 miles. It leads directly into the Park.
Nearby AttractionsA few miles east of Yosemite is Devils Postpile National Monument. To the southeast, you'll find Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Giant Sequoia National Monument, Manzanar National Historic Site, and Death Valley National Park.