Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Emily May on February 10, 2006

The most visited National Park in the US, due not only to its proximity to L.A., but because of its wonderful scenery and wide variety of activities available for all age and skill levels. I spent just a few short hours inside the park, but I vow to go back. The main drive through the valley of the park has a little bit of everything; waterfalls, cliffs, mountains, rivers, and beautiful rock work to marvel at as you drive past. As with many national parks the drive may be a bit unnerving; the sharp drop-off and the guard rail on one side, the cliff hugging the other. Just this view is enough to entice me, once you enter the valley. Bridalveil falls is an easy walk that takes you near the base of the waterfall. It's said that as the mist hits you, you will find your own true love. As with many myths, take this with a grain of salt, but it's nice to be romantic on vacation.

The falls themselves are wispy and quite tall, definitely worth the short trip up to the base. Along the drive you will cross a river, maybe spot the campers using the grilling stations and picnic tables, and taking advantage of the bridge spanning the river to jump in for a swim. Unfortunately, I tried to venture a bit off to the side of the main area. I was soon driven back, due to the mass of mosquitoes. Within five minutes, I had about twenty bites so don't forget your bug spray, especially during July. Marvelous views, adventure waiting just around the corner, and although crowded, there is always a little space available for yourself.

Yosemite National Park
Sierra Nevada
Yosemite National Park, California, 95389
(209) 372-0200


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