It always amazes me to meet people who’ve lived in California for years and have never been to Yosemite National Park. This national treasure is a wonderland of record-setting statistics: three of the world’s tallest waterfalls (Upper Yosemite Fall, Ribbon Fall, and Sentinel Fall); the tallest granite monolith in the world (El Capitan); and the world’s most recognizable mountain (Half Dome). But trying to explain the majesty of Yosemite Valley in words is impossible; you simply must experience it firsthand.

Designated a national park in 1890, Yosemite National Park is so vast that it’s only slightly smaller than Rhode Island. But during summer weekends, it seems more like the size of Disneyland as thousands of visitors head straight for Yosemite Valley.

Which is why savvy travelers such as yourself schedule a trip in the winter (Yosemite Valley blanketed with snow is one of the prettiest sights you will ever see), spring, or fall. But more importantly, just go. Grab your day planner right now, find a free weekend, and write: “Yosemite Getaway”.

~ Matthew Poole

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  • Location : Yosemite National Park
  • Submitted On : 03 Jan 2015