Yosemite National Park Journals

Yosemite Valley

A January 2006 trip to Yosemite National Park by kustom57

Yosemite formations Photo, Yosemite National Park, California More Photos
Quote: This is a quick overview of the sights of Yosemite Valley. Also, a review of the famous Ahwahnee lodge.

Yosemite Valley

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Overview

West  Photo, Yosemite National Park, California
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The Yosemite National Park is one of the finest natural treasures in America. It was discovered in 1851 by an army tracking the Ahwahnee Indians, who were living in the valley at the time. A Dr. Lafayette Bunnel was with the army and he is credited with naming the valley after a band of Indians they had thought they were chasing. The Ahwahnee were captured and sent to a reservation near present day Fresno. They returned to the valley in 1852 and lived with the Mono band of Indians. Eventually the Ahwahnee angered the Mono so much that they were all tracked down and killed. Later, in 1879, the Wawona hotel was built to encourage tourists. Yosemite was the first National Park to be created. It became su...Read More

Ahwahnee

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Hotel | "Ahwahnee Hotel"

Ahwahnee Photo, Yosemite National Park, California
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Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemtie National Park is the premier hotel in the park. Opened in 1927, the build was called "one of the largest automobile challenges to date". Its massive architechture, and impressive technology (for the 1920s) led it to become one of the first "fire proof" hotels ever built. What looks like redwood all over the outside of the Ahwahnee is actually concrete and granite that has been painstakingly stained to look like wood.The Ahwahnee is also known as the most expensive place to stay in Yosemite. Prices hover in the $350 to $400 per night. The dining room inside the Ahwahnee is without a doubt the best you can find within 100 miles of Yosemite. The prices here too a...Read More

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Ahwahnee
Yosemite Valley
Yosemite National Park, California
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