With all the unfortunate stuff happening to the world today, it’s kind of frustrating to know that lots of what used to be amazing natural treasures have disappeared. Dried rivers, animals going extinct, threats to biodiversity, and lots of other regrettable things continue to happen, and could make us think that finding a place that beams with natural jewels is virtually impossible these days.
But not all of nature’s beauty has perished. It’s still possible to be in a place that would make one immersed in such a beautiful environment. One of them could be found in California, United States, in a place called Yosemite National Park.
Covering more than 700,000 acres and visited by nearly 4 million people every year, this UNESCO World Heritage Site will sure restore your trust that we still have some of the best things that nature has to offer.
The park, which is about 95% is designated wilderness, is one of the first ones in the United States. What’s in store here is a magnificent valleys, great waterfalls, groves, beautiful granite cliffs, impressive rock formations, and diverse plants and animals.
This world-famous national park could be visited all year round, and you can even go there without having to make advanced reservations (but of course, it would be much more convenient if you do, especially if you’re planning to spend the night at the park grounds). Some areas could also be closed during the winter, which is around November to May, due to heavy snow. But at any time of the year, you will be assured of awe-inspiring sights and a wide array of activities here.
Here are some of the things that are in store for visitors at this amazing park:
Hiking – this is one of the most recommended ways to explore the Yosemite park, because you’ll be able to see some of the best spots offered in different areas. Some of the hikes available are over at the areas of Yosemite Valley are the Glacier Point Road, The Tuolumne Meadows, the White Wolf, etc. Lots of trails await all visitors, and the thing that you must always keep in mind for your safety is to be always equipped with hiking essentials and follow simple hiking rules: make sure that carry lots of water, stay on the trails, and—to keep the areas clean—to not leave anything behind. A Yosemite map will also surely come in handy.
Rock Climbing – climbers will go crazy at the many great spots for them in this park. There are lots of climbs in store here, such as those in the Merced River Canyon and the Tuolumne Meadows, which is said to be one of the country’s best climbing areas.
Touring – if you wish to have the park do most the work for you, you can choose to have guided Yosemite Park tours handled by experts and knowledgeable rangers. The bus tours include: the Valley Floor Tour (2 hours), Glacier Point tour (four hours), the Yosemite Tuolumne Meadows Tour (whole day), the Big Trees Tram Tour (more than an hour), and the Grand Tour (whole day).
Birdwatching – this is something worth doing when you’re visiting with kids. Since the park is home to over 160 species of birds, this is a place where both adults and children learn more about different kinds of birds. Some of the birds that could be spotted here are the grey owl, the peregrine falcon, acorn woodpecker, the mountain chickadee, and hundreds more.
Photography – with the breathtaking surroundings and the impressive flora and fauna in this park, it’s pretty obvious that this is a great place to take photos. Visitors could go to free photography walks, see works at the Ansel Adams Gallery, and even some art and photography seminars.