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Yosemite Overview
Yosemite National Park is one of the most spectacular places on Earth and is a recreation-lover's paradise. Yosemite offers a diverse landscape filled with rivers, glacial carved valleys, picturesque alpine meadows and peaks, several of the world's highest and most spectacular waterfalls, and the world's largest trees and tallest granite walls.

There is much to see in Yosemite, and for those willing to seek out the paths less traveled, some amazing discoveries and experiences await. To truly appreciate what Yosemite has to offer, we recommend spending at least three days exploring the Park.

While the list of spectacular sites in Yosemite is endless, there are a few key areas that attract most visitors to the Park. These world-famous destinations are as dramatic and stunning as any on earth:

Yosemite Valley
Yosemite Valley is the showcase area of the Park and receives a majority of the visitors and traffic. Towering waterfalls leap into the Valley and the huge walls of Half Dome and El Capitan dominate the landscape. The Merced River, which starts in the High Country, spills over majestic Nevada and Vernal falls and flows through the Valley.

Key attractions include Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, the Mist Trail, Mirror Lake and Bridalveil Falls, among others. Glacier Point, which offers a stunning overhead view of Yosemite Valley, is easily accessible from the Valley floor as well.

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Tuolumne Meadows
Tuolumne Meadows is the largest alpine meadow in the Sierra Nevada, and its high country (8,600 feet) elevation provides access to the stunning alpine lakes, serene meadows and glaciated granite peaks and domes that Yosemite is famous for.

High Country attractions not to be missed include Olmstead Point, which provides a panoramic view of the granite landscape, and Tenaya Lake, a picturesque alpine lake perfect for a picnic or afternoon swim.

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Hetch Hetchy Valley
The Hetch Hetchy Valley is a smaller version of Yosemite Valley and was formed by erosion from glaciers and the Tuolumne River. Although stunning, Hetch Hetchy receives a small percentage of all Yosemite traffic, so it remains a peaceful, secret spot for those 'in the know.'

In the early 20th century, a dam was built in Hetchy Hetchy turning the valley into a reservoir. In recent years, a movement has begun to remove the dam and restore Hetch Hetchy to its original state. To learn more about Hetch Hetchy and this debate, click here.

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Giant Sequoias
Giant sequoias are among the largest and oldest living things on earth. The famous Grizzly Giant, found in Yosemite's Mariposa Grove, is over 200' tall and has a base circumference of almost 100'. This massive tree is thought to be 2700 years old.

Yosemite is home to three groves of Giant Sequoias. The Mariposa Grove is the largest and is located on the southern end of Yosemite. The Tuolumne and Merced Groves are located on the western side of the Park, just a short drive from the Evergreen. All three groves offer fantastic hiking and snowshoeing opportunities.

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