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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Art Classes

  • Arts/Performance Venue

Professional artists conduct workshops in watercolor, etching, drawing, and other mediums. Bring your own materials or purchase the basics...

Big Trees Lodge

  • 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 (formerly...

Bridalveil Fall

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

This 620-foot waterfall is often diverted dozens of feet one way or the other by the breeze. It is the first marvelous site you will...

El Capitan

  • Geological Site

Rising 3,593 feet—more than 350 stories—above the valley, El Capitan is the largest exposed-granite monolith in the world. Since...

Glacier Point

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

If you lack the time, desire, or stamina to hike more than 3,200 feet up to Glacier Point from the Yosemite Valley floor, you can drive...

Half Dome

  • Geological Site

Visitors' eyes are continually drawn to this remarkable granite formation that tops out at more than 4,700 feet above the valley floor.

Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

When Congress approved the O'Shaughnessy Dam in 1913, pragmatism triumphed over aestheticism. Some 2.5 million residents of the San Francisco...

High Country

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

The above-tree-line, high-alpine region east of the valley—a land of alpenglow and top-of-the-world vistas—is often missed by crowds...

Hot Creek Geologic Site

  • Geological Site

Forged by an ancient volcanic eruption, the Hot Creek Geologic Site is a landscape of boiling hot springs, fumaroles, and geysers about...

Indian Village of Ahwahnee

  • Museum Village

This solemn smattering of structures, accessed by a short loop trail behind the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center, is a look at what Native...


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