Yosemite National Park in central California, USA is best known for the amazing breathtaking views, dramatic waterfalls, abundant wildlife, and awe-inspiring cliffs.
HIKE THE TUOLUMNE GROVE OF GIANT SEQUOIAS:
Take a walk to Giant sequoias, the largest known trees living on earth, grow only on the western side of the Sierra Nevada. The Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias is one of three sequoia groves in Yosemite National Park. This trail is less crowded than the larger Mariposa Grove. We stopped by the Grove on our way from Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley. The initial hike from the parking lot to the trees is steep, however, the actual Grove trail is relatively flat. The two-mile round-trip hike to Tuolumne Grove is the shorter and more popular of the two trails. Be equipped for a vertical downhill walk to the grove, followed by a rigid uphill climb back to reach your bus/Car.
Engross the greatness of the giant sequoias presence once you reach to the first of these enormous trees. You will be stumbled with the scale of these ancient living trees and make sure to wander through the entire grove. Don’t miss the Dead Giant sequoia (also called the Tunnel Tree), which you can walk through. Make Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias part of your personalized Yosemite National Park itinerary.
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STOP OVER AT TUNNEL VIEW VISTA POINT:
After our hike to the giant trees, we continued our journey in the park and the next must-see stop was Tunnel View Vista Point. Here you will experience one of the most spectacular views of Yosemite Valley, a view that includes Bridal Veil Falls, El Capitan and Half Dome. If you are sunset catcher and have time in hand, you should definitely come back here to watch one of the most spectacular sunset. No matter where you come from and which direction you approach the park from, Tunnel View is a must-do stop. With wide-open skies and bordered by forest of pine trees, this viewpoint is perfect picture location of the most famous panorama of Yosemite Valley. We took time to watch the clouds roll in and out. We watched people from all over the world staring at this supreme view and pampering themselves. The majesty of the Yosemite Valley and its features are worth taking at least ten minutes to just chill and indulge in ourselves.
EXPERIENCE THUNDERING BRIDALVEIL FALLS
A short walk from Tunnel View point will lead you to the base of Bridalveil Fall, allowing you to get an up-close view of this often-desolate waterfall.When you’re looking out from Tunnel View in Yosemite National Park, you get to see so much beauty including these Bridalveil Falls at the right side. These are the first waterfall you’ll see when entering Yosemite Valley. You can easily hike the paved trail up to the base of Bridalveil Fall and in peak flow you’ll enjoy the drenching mists that swirl at the base of the falls.
VIEW ROCK CLIMBERS AT EI CAPITAN
El Capitan is 3,000 vertical feet of sheer rock granite is an ideal for visitors, a ponder for photographers and one of the world’s ultimate challenges for climbers. It’s the Nose wall was first climbed in 1958 in 47 days using “siege” tactics: climbing in an expedition style using fixed ropes along the length of the route, linking established camps along the way.
GET DRENCHED AT YOSEMITE FALLS
Perhaps one of the most breathtaking sights in Yosemite National Park is Yosemite Falls. Yosemite Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in the world at 2425 feet (780 m), and is most impressive during the spring months. Yosemite Falls is comprised of three sections: the upper falls, the middle cascades and the lower falls. Lower Yosemite Fall is easily accessible from the Valley. The top of Upper Yosemite Fall may be reached via a steep, strenuous, and usually crowded 3.5 miles (5.6 km) hike, leading to an observation deck with fantastic views atop. It may also be reached via several routes from the Tioga Road to the north. The great thing about the sheer size of Yosemite Falls is that it can be exhibited throughout different regions and viewpoints in the Yosemite Valley.
IMMERSE IN THE SCENIC EXQUISITENESS AT YOSEMITE VALLEY VIEW
Here you’ll see a beautiful portrait of the Merced River skirted by massive El Capitan on the left and the towering twin Cathedral Rocks and Spires. Be sure to stop off at this roadside lookout as you leave the Yosemite Valley down to mariposa grove. The lovely and serene Merced River polishes the foreground between these two icons providing some beautiful texture to nature. This is the perfect picture to get soaked yourself in the nature and of course get some wonderful hands on photography here.
Valley View is a must stop viewpoint in Yosemite National Park.
TAKE A DIP AT TENAYA LAKE
Enjoy its remarkable scenic qualities, its inviting blue water, and its proximity to Tioga Road, Tenaya Lake is one of the most popular destinations for summer visitors in Yosemite. Tenaya Lake is another beautiful stopover in Yosemite National Park, located between Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne Meadows. It is a magnificent High Sierra lake surrounded by granite domes, lodgepole forests, and Yosemite’s vast wilderness.
— BEST PHOTO SPOTS IN YOSEMITE
— Tunnel View Glacier point
--Yosemite falls & Half dome
--Vernal and Nevada Fall,
— TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOSEMITE —
== If you plan on visiting Yosemite Valley, please arrive in the valley no later than 8 am to avoid traffic and to be able to get a parking spot if you are driving your car.
== Take a guided Yosemite tour – Ride with an experience tour guide who will show you all the iconic spots and give you insider information.
== It is advisable to carry Yosemite National Park’s map along with you on your journey.
== Know the weather before you plan to visit.
== Fuel up before you get there
== Stay well, healthy and hydrated to hike trails in the park.