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One of the most visited and beloved National Parks in the United States, Yosemite is a haven for many species of wildlife including black bears and cougars. More than 95% of the park’s mountains, canyons and forests are designated wilderness areas. Most visitors tend to spend their time in Yosemite Valley which is where many of the park’s best known attractions are to be found such as El Capitan, Yosemite Falls and Half Dome. The scenery is of course completely breathtaking no matter where you are, and joining a guided tour to ensure that you don’t miss anything is often recommended.
Yosemite Valley - Walking through Yosemite Valley you’ll be rewarded with several viewing points that have been enthralling people for centuries. Tunnel View, most commonly-seen from Artist Point, is an excellent vantage point from which to see El Capitan, Half Dome and the gushing Bridalveil Falls. You’ll see many other waterfalls and towering peaks as you drive through Yosemite Valley, but none are likely to transfix your gaze so much as Tunnel View.
Glacier Point - Overlooking Yosemite Valley, Half Dome and the High Country, the views from Glacier Point are simply incredible. During the winter, guided cross-country skiing trips run to the hut at the summit.
Tuolumne Meadows - Stunning vistas are also available in Tuolumne Meadows, and the best of all go to the rock-climbers that ascend the dome rocks here. Whether you’re clinging to a granite cliff or not, come through in spring and summer, when the wildflowers on these sub-Alpine meadows are in full bloom.
Ahwahnee Hotel - A National Historic Landmark, the Ahwahnee Hotel is a thing of beauty. The huge, timber-framed structure is replete with stone fireplaces, stained-glass windows, tapestries and elegant wooden furnishing. Tours of the public spaces where you can learn about its construction and history take place regularly.
Mariposa Grove - The giant sequoias you’ll see in Mariposa Grove can live for thousands of years. It’s easily-reached through the South Entrance, but closed off during snowy and icy conditions.
Keep your eyes open at all times for shy wildlife hiding in the trees. Whenever you see a line of cars forming on the verge, someone’s spotted an animal, so pull over and break out the binoculars, but remember not to get too close. Watching the sunset over Half Dome is a must, and it’s impossible not to feel a surge of emotion when looking along Tunnel View through the beautiful Yosemite Valley.
If you want to ensure you see all of the park’s most unmissable sights, as well as a few that many visitors don’t notice, and learn about the park’s geology and history simultaneously, then the best way is to join a guided tour. Taking a coach tour around Yosemite means you’ll sit in air-conditioned comfort, while private guided tours are also available, letting you stay a little longer in each place.