Yosemite National Park is home to some truly amazing natural landscapes, including famous spots such as the Grand Canyon and the Niagara Falls, which technically straddles the border between the US and Canada. It is also home to some stunning National Parks where the true beauty and serenity of natural country has been preserved, such as Yellowstone National Park and Yosemite National Park found in what is affectionately known as “America’s Golden West”. Yosemite Valley was formed as long ago as 10, 000 years when the Tioga glaciations initially carved up what is now known as the Sierra Nevada.
Yosemite National Park History:
The history and culture that surrounds Yosemite National Park is quite interesting with its oldest inhabitants the Anwahneechee Native Americans dating back centuries prior to the first American-European contact in 1833. In fact these Native Americans could have inhabited Yosemite as long ago as 7000 to 10, 000 years ago. However, it is believed that it was around 3, 500 years ago that the people began to settle in the Valley permanently. These Native Americans heritages can be found all across Yosemite National Park. Upon arrival in the mid 1800s many European travelers were challenged by Yosemite’s rugged and rough landscape, with as few as 650 travelers between 1850 and 1860 surviving the journey on horseback. By 1907 Yosemite Valley Railroad from Merced to El Portal provided an easier route and increasing visitation.
Given below are some of the special places that are must visit while on a trip to Yosemite:
This is where you will find most of the waterfalls. You should plan your visit during spring if you want to catch the most spectacular runoffs but if you go there during late summer or fall, you will barely find water. However, the waterfalls are not the only attractions at this Yosemite Valley. You will have the opportunity to have some of the best views at the Tunnel View. From here, you can see El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall and Half Dome in the distance. You can see the Cathedral Rocks from El Capitan Meadow.
Other places of attraction in this valley include the Valley View, the Yosemite Chapel, the Sentinel Meadow and the Sentinel Bridge.
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias:
Located close to the South Entrance of the national park, Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is some 36 miles to the south of the Yosemite Valley. This is where you will find the ‘big tree’s as the giant sequoias or Sierra redwoods are called. Only skiers and hikers can access this place between November and April when the road is closed for the vehicles to pass.
Glacier Point & Badger Pass:
You have to just take a short walk to go to the viewpoint at Glacier Point from where you can have special views of the rest of the valley and half dome. The road is usually ploughed just up to Badger Pass which is a ski area between November and June.
If you have enough time in hand, you can also visit the Hetch Hetchy, Crane Flat, as well as the Tioga Road and the Tuolumne Meadows situated in this Yosemite National Park.
Wildlife and Plant Life:
When it comes to wildlife and natural landscapes Yosemite National Park is second to none, it boasts of a 195-mile escape from Urban San Francisco or a 315-mile journey from Los Angeles. The park covers a staggering 747, 956 acres or 1, 169 square miles and is home to many wildlife species and plants. It is designated as a World Heritage Site in 1984 it is also known for its granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves, and biological diversity. There are two wild and scenic rivers that Yosemite National Park is host to, the Tuolumne and Merced rivers, they both begin in the park and flow westwards to the central valley. Yosemite supports 400 species of vertebrates, including fish, amphibians, birds, reptiles, and mammals. There has even been the recent discovery of two insect species believed not to exist anywhere else in the world. Across the park there is also a variety of plant life, with vegetation changing from oak woodlands to chaparral scrublands, to lower montane and upper montane subalpine and alpine environments.
In Additional, National park has lot to offer including rafting in Merced River, hiking, photography, biking, horseback riding, skiing and snowshoeing at Badger Pass and camping. Stay at the Yosemite Southgate Suites & Hotel in Oakhurst when you travel to Yosemite. This south entrance hotel provides free parking, breakfast, and Wi-Fi access. For more details on hotel reservations in Oakhurst. Visit: http://www.yosemitesouthgate.com/