Yosemite National Park

By Rachel Puryear

Yosemite is a gorgeous national park in the Sierra mountain range, and is such an iconic place in California.

Yosemite’s “firefall”, where sunlight reflects off the water to create this awesome illusion. By Cedric Letsch.

El Capitan is immediately recognized in photos, and is a favorite of rock climbers worldwide.

A view of El Capitan from a mountain road in Yosemite National Park. By Josh Carter.

The many waterfalls give off refreshing mist on a warm day’s hike, as well as stunning sights.

View of waterfall on mountain, looking up from a meadow. By Jesse Callahan.

Plenty of meadows and lakes offer a tranquil place to read or picnic. An abundance of trees and flowers bring shade, oxygen, and beauty.

Green meadow in Yosemite. By Mick Haupt.

Wildlife is also awesome to watch in the park (please remember to not get too close to wildlife, and to abide by park rules to protect them).

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Yosemite National Park.

Winter can be a beautiful time to visit Yosemite, as it’s blanketed in snow and has fewer visitors than in summertime. Just remember that it’s frequently icy and below freezing then, so plan accordingly.

Yosemite in winter time, with snow-covered forests and mountains, and a frozen lake. By Jeremy Bishop.

After dark, the night sky in Yosemite offers views of the cosmos that you won’t get in urbanized areas. Glacier Point is one of my favorite spots to watch the stars.

Night sky over El Capitan in Yosemite.

See here for information from the National Park Service about visiting Yosemite. Even if you’ve been there before, it’s always a good idea to check current conditions before you go.

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