Half Dome and El Capitan
Attractions in Yosemite, from its diverse animal population, to its incredible landscape, are guaranteed to awe and inspire. Most attractions and opportunities center around Yosemite Valley, from where the majority of famous hikes, rafting opportunities and informative Ranger Station tours are based.
From here, the massive exposed faces of Half Dome and El Capitan, rising more than 4,700 feet and 3,300 feet from the valley floor, seem to dominate the skyline. With necks craned back, Visitors entering through Yosemite Valley will marvel at the incredible height of Yosemite Falls and the countless other equally impressive waterfalls.
Wildlife and Sequoias
If the marvels of Yosemite Valley are not enough for visitors, the high meadows and glaciers of upper Yosemite, sprawling endlessly in every direction, will surely convince visitors of Yosemite Parks place among the great National Parks.
On top of the beautiful scenery, Yosemite is also home to numerous wild and rare species, like Bighorned sheep and the blackbear, as well as numerous species of owls, bats and hawks. Without the park, too, is an incredible variety of plants and trees, including the huge Sequoia groves, where trees stand nearly 250 feet tall, and are as old as America.
Glacier Point and Tunnel View
Yosemite is packed full of highlights and attractions for all types of enjoyment. Many of Yosemite’s most famous attractions are panoramas made famous by photographers like Ansel Adams. These include the view from Glacier Point and the panorama from Tunnel View. Both are easily accessible from various roads, though prospective visitors will be met with large crowds during the summer. Many of Yosemite’s highlights are also viewing various waterfalls, which reach their peak in late spring. These include the hike to Vernal Falls and Lower Yosemite falls, both of which will deafen travelers with their pounding spray.
For those wishing to travel farther into the park, excursions into the incredibly serene pastures near Tioga road and Tuolumne Meadows offer both serenity and wonder. The main draw to Yosemite, however, is Yosemite Valley its self. Surrounded by 2,000-foot granite ridges, Yosemite Valley is truly breathtaking. From anywhere in the valley, visitors are confronted by imposing views of El Capitan and Half Dome, two massive, exposed faces of granite. For the truly adventurous, trails lead to the top of both these behemoths, and though you’ll work up a good sweat doing it, the views will blow you away. Yosemite is truly a place of endless enjoyment.