Stunning granite cliffs. Incredible biodiversity. Glaciers, woodlands, and waterfalls. These provide the backdrop for the over 4 million nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts who come each year to experience what might be America’s top natural wonder. In a country teeming with awe-inspiring landscapes, Yosemite inspires.
Yosemite National Park History
Yosemite is the first national park in the United States, created by Congress in October 1890. Before its declaration, Yosemite Valley experienced widespread ecosystem damage due to the exploits of gold rush 49ers and commercial land firms. Its conservation declaration by president Abraham Lincoln under the California public trust paved the way for its national park status.
Nowadays, Yosemite is the most popular and well-loved national park in the country, with millions of annual visitors flocking to enjoy its busking granite peaks and rushing waterfalls. Come see what Yosemite has to offer with our historic lodging locations, fine dining, and family fun! Recreational activities such as hiking are fun for the whole family, and many of Yosemite’s famous lookouts are accessible by car.
Points of Interest
A historical glacial valley tucked away in the Western Sierra Nevadas, the 7.5-mile-long Yosemite Valley is accessible by car, clustered with high granite summits and is considered by many, Yosemite National Park’s main feature.
The Yosemite Half Dome Cables route is one of the most challenging in the world for hikers. At 16 miles long and with almost 3,000 foot gains in some areas, the dizzying views are ideal for seasoned hikers with a predilection for heights! Make sure to bring plenty of water on this trail.
The Glacier Point lookout is accessible by car, and hailed by many as one of the “most breathtaking views in the American West”. This lookout provides panoramic views of famous Yosemite sights including Half Dome and Yosemite Falls.
At 2,425 feet, this can’t miss attraction is one of the world’s tallest waterfalls. The best time to check out these falls is springtime, when runoff from the winter melt creates rushing waters in a beautiful, can’t-miss cascade.