Yosemite National Park Sights

Yosemite's waterfalls are at their most spectacular in May and June. When the snow starts to melt (usually peaking in May), streaming snowmelt spills down to meet the Merced River. By summer's end, some falls, including the mighty Yosemite Falls, trickle or dry up. Their flow increases in late fall, and in winter they may be hung dramatically with ice. Even in drier months, the waterfalls can be

breathtaking. If you choose to hike any of the trails to or up the falls, be sure to wear shoes with no-slip soles; the rocks can be extremely slick. Stay on trails at all times.

Visit the park during a full moon and you can stroll without a flashlight and still make out the ribbons of falling water, as well as silhouettes of the giant granite monoliths.

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Tioga Road

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Few mountain drives can compare with this 59-mile road, especially its eastern half between Lee Vining and Olmstead Point. As you climb...

Tuolumne Meadows

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The largest subalpine meadow in the Sierra (at 8,600 feet) is a popular way station for backpack trips along the Pacific Crest and John...

Tuolumne Meadows Hikers Bus

  • Tour–Sight

For a full day's outing to the high country, opt for this ride up Tioga Road to Tuolumne Meadows. You'll stop at several overlooks, and...

Valley Floor Tour

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Take a two-hour tour of Yosemite Valley's highlights, complete with narration on the area's history, geology, and flora and fauna. Tours...

Valley Visitor Center

  • Information Center

Learn about Yosemite Valley's geology, vegetation, and human inhabitants at this visitor center, which is also staffed with helpful rangers...

Vernal Fall

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

Fern-covered black rocks frame this 317-foot fall, and rainbows play in the spray at its base. You can get a distant view from Glacier...

Wawona Hotel

  • Hotel–Sight

Imagine a white-bearded Mark Twain relaxing in a rocking chair on one of the broad verandas of one of the park's first lodges, a whitewashed...

Yosemite Falls

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

Actually three falls, they together constitute the highest waterfall in North America and the fifth highest in the world. The water from...

Yosemite Museum

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This small museum consists of a permanent exhibit that focuses on the history of the area and the people who once lived here. An adjacent...

Yosemite Outdoor Adventures

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Naturalists, scientists, and park rangers lead multi-hour to multiday educational outings on topics from woodpeckers to fire management...


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