AskPatty's Guide to 12 Great National Parks: Yosemite National Park, California
More than four million visitors visit Yosemite National Park each year, most of them spending time in the picturesque Yosemite Valley. This mile-wide, 7-mile-long canyon was cut by a river and then widened and deepened by glacial action. First protected in 1864, Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, visitors can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more. Lodging options range from simple tent cabins at more than 13 campgrounds to deluxe rooms at The Majestic Yosemite Hotel (formerly The Ahwahnee). Backpacking is available in both winter and spring, and hiking the John Muir Trail or Pacific Crest Trail are popular activities as well.
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