"The Incomparable Valley (and Park)" Top 5 Page for this destination Yosemite National Park by chewy3326

Yosemite National Park Travel Guide: 1,521 reviews and 3,525 photos

Yosemite is one of the most lauded natural areas in the United States, and for a good reason. It's granite walls, lakes, thousand-foot waterfalls, domes, spires, meadows, and giant trees definitely make up one of America's most beautiful national parks. John Muir called Yosemite Valley the "Incomparable Valley"; I couldn't agree more.

The winter of 2005-2006 brought the sixth-wettest snowpack in history of the Sierra Nevada and Yosemite National Park. Originally, I had planned on spending 9 days in the park (1 day in Wawona, 3 days in Yosemite Valley, a day in Hetch Hetchy and 4 days in Tuolumne Meadows), but the late opening of Tioga Road (June 17) forced us to only spend a day at Tuolumne Meadows.

Sequoias, canyons, and the High Sierra

This is a very diverse and easily accessible park, which makes the park very crowded. Giant weekend crowds and traffic jams can be a headache, but mosquitoes that outnumber the crowds by a few million times become a bigger headache on weekdays.

The park can be split into five basic sections: Wawona/Mariposa Grove, Glacier Point, Yosemite Valley, Hetch Hetchy, and Tioga Road/Tuolumne Meadows. Most visitors head straight to Yosemite Valley, the most famous part of the park; but you can find some solitude around Tuolumne Meadows and Hetch Hetchy.

No matter how much time you don't have to visit this park, if you're going to visit Yosemite, please spend more than a day. Not only will you enjoy the park more, you'll give Yosemite the respect it deserves.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful and magnificent scenery, a lot of waterfalls
  • Cons:Crowds, mosquitoes, very hot summer days
  • Last visit to Yosemite National Park: Jun 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    Awesome. Sadly I'll only have limited time there but thank you for sharing your info. Cheers

  • Jerelis's Profile Photo
    Oct 2, 2006 at 4:42 AM

    Amazing site about Yosemite. Very beautiful! Pretty weird to see water running at Yosemite Falls, as we were there when it was all dried out!

  • goingsolo's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2006 at 2:44 PM

    Sounds like you really got to see the park. I envy you having the time to do it and wish I could have spent more time here. Hoping to return someday!

  • RafaelTheSecond's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2006 at 6:16 AM

    One day I will read a book about Yosemite and for sure you will be the writer!;))))))

  • Shihar's Profile Photo
    Aug 23, 2006 at 4:02 AM

    Top 5 Yosemite National Park... Here you come! Definately worth it!

  • ATXtraveler's Profile Photo
    Aug 20, 2006 at 2:47 PM

    I grew up going to Yosemite as a kid.... beautiful pictures!

  • weed6886's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2006 at 12:10 PM

    Really liked your pictures of Yosemite. You really put alot of work into your page, and it's great. Greeting from Bavaria

  • mikelisaanna's Profile Photo
    Jul 1, 2006 at 12:44 PM

    We enjoyed your Yosemite page and tips. It is our favorite US National Park. Looks like you saw a lot of it!


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