Yosemite National Park – A Must For Visitors To The USA

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If like many others, you are seeking an extraordinary and unique holiday in the USA that will certainly provide you and your family extraordinary memories, Yosemite National Park ought to be high on your list of destinations. 

A location of secured natural beauty since 1890, Yosemite National park is situated in the dramatic hill area of Sierra Nevada, California.

The magnificent view of the Yosemite National Park gives the reason why visitors couldn’t resist visiting it. The Attractions are divided into two classes of attraction spots. The first class is the natural attractions wherein nature is the factor that is responsible for the enhancement of the creation.

Top 9 Must-See Attractions In Yosemite
Glacier Point, Yosemite

Yosemite National Park – Top 9 Must-See Attractions In Yosemite

The First Class Key Attractions

1: Glacier Point

Glacier Point is a viewpoint above Yosemite Valley in the U.S. state of California. The main reason that Glacier Point is so popular is that it is accessible by roadway. The View Terrace gives you a sight of the eastern side of Yosemite Valley. From left to right: Liberty Cap, Half Dome, Nevada Falls, and Vernal Falls.

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Glacier Point Yosemite Valley United States

The Upper Terrace provides you a view west of the Half Dome consisting of left to right: Yosemite Village and Curry Village (looking straight down) Yosemite Falls, plus the Mirror Lake and Royal Arches below Half Dome.

2: El Capitan

The name “El Capitan” was given by the Mariposa Battalion when in 1851, they discovered the valley. El Capitan also famous as El Cap is one of the park’s most notable landmarks located on the north side of Yosemite Valley, near its western end. El Capitan is currently among the most popular formations in the world for mountain climbers. You can experience Yosemite climbing with the Yosemite Mountaineering School which accommodates new mountain climbers and seasoned mountain climbers alike.

Yosemite El Capitan Mountain
Yosemite El Capitan Mountain

3: Sentinal Rock

Enjoy excellent sights of the glacier, Waiho River, and the Yosemite valley. It towers over Yosemite Valley, opposite Yosemite Falls. One of the most famous climbing routes is the Steck-Salathé path first climbed in 1950 by Allen Steck and John Salathe. 

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View from Sentinal Rock

Sentinel Rock lies 1.1 kilometers (0.7 miles) northwest of Sentinel Dome. Climbing on Sentinel is quite cool, because you get a bird’s eye view of both the Falls and El Capitan, simply around the edge to the east. 

4: Cathedral Spires & Cathedral Rocks  

Cathedral Spires & Cathedral Rocks in Yosemite Valley are a popular group of cliffs, situated on the south side of the valley near its entry. There are three primary points to Cathedral Rocks dubbed Higher, Middle, and Lower Cathedral Rocks. 

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Cathedral Rocks and Spires

Today, the majority of the rock climbing up done below takes place on Middle Cathedral Rock and the Cathedral Spires, though routes and mountain climbers are additionally discovered on the much less popular attributes. Popular routes on Middle Cathedral Rock include Direct North Buttress, Central Pillar of Frenzy, East Buttress, and Stoner’s Highway. 

5: Tunnel View

On State Route 41 in Yosemite National Park, Tunnel View is a scenic viewpoint. Visitors have seen and documented the renowned and extensive sights of Yosemite Valley since its opening in 1933.

View from Tunnel Side
View from Tunnel Side

The view looks eastward into Yosemite Valley and covers surrounding features, such as the Bridalveil Fall on the right, southwest face of El Capitan on the left. 

6: Sugar Pine Railroad

The Sugar Pine Railroad is a fun-filled adventure for the entire family, located just 10 mins from the southern entrance of Yosemite National Park off of route 41. Enjoy the sights and sound of steam-powered railroading while you ride right into history throughout many of Sierra National Forest’s most splendid surroundings.

Along with the train rides, you can visit the gift shop, Thornberry Museum, eat at the railroad coffee shop.

Sugar Pine Railroad
Sugar Pine Railroad

 7: Bridalveil Fall 

Bridalveil Fall is just one of the most famous waterfalls in the Yosemite Valley. The Bridalveil Fall is 188 meters (617 feet) in height and streams year-round. If you wish to stand close to this waterfall, this is the way to do it. A 1/4-mile led walk (accessible for a wheelchair) leads right to the base of the waterfall from its closest parking area. 

Yosemite Bridalveil Fall
Yosemite Bridalveil Fall

8: Vernal Falls

Vernal Fall is a (96.6 m) 317-foot fall on the Merced River just downstream of Nevada Fall in Yosemite Park. Like its upstream neighbor, Vernal Fall is noticeable at a distance, from Glacier Point. The falls flow all year long, although by the end of the summer season it is considerably reduced in quantity and can separate right into several strands, as opposed to a singular curtain of water.

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Vernal Falls

9: Horsetail Fall

Horsetail Fall is a seasonal waterfall that runs in the winter months and very early springtime. It can be completely dry for much of the year, but when it streams, it takes on the form of a horse’s tail. The waterfall is fed by rainwater or snowmelt. It comes down in two streams alongside, the eastern one being the larger however both quite little. Sometimes, the sunlight radiating on it turns everything orange as it sets. 


 If you intend to capture that, choose a bright wintertime day towards the end of February. A famous 1973 photo caught this sensation wonderfully. If you can match it, you will have a memorable photograph of your wonderful visit to Yosemite.

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Second Class Attractions

Yosemite Attractions also include the second class which is the human attractions. Under this category are lodges, camping grounds, and hotels. These are man-made attractions that earned the interest of visitors to stay in Yosemite for the practicality and accessibility of shelter. 

Ahwahnee Hotel
Ahwahnee Hotel Yosemite National Park

There are over 25 hotels in Yosemite. All hotels specialize in treating guests with the utmost care they can provide. Examples of these are the Wawona Hotel, the Yosemite Lodge, the Quality Inn Merced, and the Vagabond Inn Merced. Amusement Parks and Theme Parks, aquariums, and zoos are also provided for more enjoyment and fun.

Viewing the different kinds of Yosemite Attractions is worth your expenditure and time for it does not only relax your tensed muscles but it brings fulfillment of your fondest wishes as well.

Accommodation In Yosemite National Park

The accommodation you choose will naturally depend on what your plans are, so thinking ahead is vital. Day-trippers are welcomed, and Yosemite National Park is accessible from other parts of California. Entrance fees range from free to 20 dollars for a vehicle. You should expect to spend at least four hours in the park.

For a longer trip, Yosemite National Park provides a variety of lodging and camping. Official discounted Yosemite National Park lodging ranges from basic tent cabins with nearby toilet facilities to the more luxurious lodging in The Ahwahnee Hotel, a distinctive hotel that is the pride of Yosemite National Park.

You can examine the variety of Yosemite National Park lodging online, and it may be possible to make reservations. 

Weather In Yosemite 

The weather in Yosemite is usually predictable, but that varies from that of the summer, fall, winter, and spring. And since the weather can largely affect your vacation to Yosemite, it is important to know then how Yosemite seemed like during these four seasons.

In summer, the Yosemite weather is pretty fine. This season starts from June through September, and with the weather being accommodating and predictable, there are a lot of chances for you to see almost all of the wonders in the Yosemite National Park. All of the areas in the park are also accessible by car during the summer. So if you are visiting Yosemite with your car, then you drive through the park any time you want to.

Yosemite Valley
Yosemite Valley

The Yosemite weather during the summer ranges from warm to hot. Rain pours occasionally, usually at higher elevations where an afternoon thunderstorm occurs. If you happen to be staying in the Yosemite Valley, then note that the Yosemite weather in these areas may reach 87 degrees Fahrenheit to 51 degrees Fahrenheit. With this average, most of the water that flows in Yosemite comes from the snowmelt in the high country. All of the great waterfalls in the area also run swiftly, but they can be very low by late summer.

If you will be visiting in fall, note that the Yosemite weather can be quite variable. The weather may range from hot to cold and from dry to rainy or snowy. In Wawona and Yosemite Valley areas, the Yosemite weather may hit 54 degrees Fahrenheit to 35 degrees Fahrenheit. So in this case, you still have the chance to view all of the Yosemite National Park, but the people you may see at the park are only a few. Note that the fall in Yosemite runs from October to November.

During the wintertime, which runs from December to March, the Yosemite weather is identified by being snowy and cold. However, sunny and chilly days may appear, but not so common. If you are staying in the Yosemite Valley or Wawona, you may notice the Yosemite weather to be hitting the average degree of about 53 degrees Fahrenheit to about 28 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Half Dome Hiking
Half Dome Hiking

 Also, during this season, Tioga Road is closed although the Yosemite Valley and Wawona are still accessible by car. So once the Tioga Road is closed, the vehicles are not then allowed to enter between the Crane Flat and Tioga Pass, as well as in the Tuolumne Meadows. This is also true in Glacier Point. So if you are visiting in wintertime, expect to have limited access to Yosemite’s wonderful sites.

Finally, in spring, the Yosemite weather is also highly variable. The area is often visited by sunny and relatively warm days, but there is also occasional winter storm. Also, the Yosemite weather may reach from 69 degrees Fahrenheit up to 39 degrees Fahrenheit. Well, during this season, the Yosemite Valley and Wawona are accessible by car; however, Glacier and Tioga areas are closed due to snow until late May. The spring in Yosemite starts in April and ends in May.

What To See In Yosemite In 2 Days

What can Yosemite show you in just 2 days? A lot…It’s not even enough time to see all that the place has to offer. Unless you forego sleeping, you might just be able to cover all 1,200 square miles of beautiful land that was preserved since 1890.

A lot of tour operators can be found online and are offering several two-day tour packages.

The Yosemite National Park has the most number of guests in June, July, and August, while the months from December to February bring in the least number. Even if the Yosemite National Park is open to guests 24 hours every day the whole year round, some places are best visited in certain parts of the year.

For the Summer Season (June to September), the park is filled with tourists All the park areas can be accessed by car in the remaining part of the season, although most of its waterfalls either have low flows or are dry.

The Fall Season (October and November) draws in a few guests. While all the areas are open throughout the season, you can expect occasional closures in some parts due to snow.

The Winter Season (December to March) is not such a good time to visit Yosemite as some roads are closed. Those that are open or are accessible by vehicles require guests to bring along tire chains.

Spring Season (April and May) is the ultimate time to see the waterfalls. While the Tioga and the Glacier Point Roads may remain inaccessible until late Spring, it is still a good time to visit the park as water flow abundantly even in small waterfalls and creeks.

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The time of your visit will dictate the sights you have to see in your two-day tour. But for those who haven’t planned out their travel, here are a few good ideas: Yosemite Falls are a must because the two falls (the upper and lower), are the country’s highest. It stands 2425 feet; El Capitan is a granite wall with a height of 4000 feet; Glacier Point, situated 3215 above the base of the valley, provides one of the best views of the Yosemite Valley, Yosemite Falls, the Vernal and Nevada Falls, plus that of the Half Dome; Half Dome which stands 8,840 feet is made up of a certain granite and is believed to have been torn in half during the Ice Age.

Two days will seem like an hour once you get there. All the sights will require you to be there for more than just a few minutes. Anyway, you’re always welcome for another visit.

There are endless things to see and do only a few of them are mentioned here. Please do comments and share with us your favorite place and things to do in Yosemite National Park.

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