Yosemite Valley is world famous for its impressive waterfalls, meadows, cliffs, and unusual rock formations; accessible by car year-round.
Wawona is the home to the historic Big Trees Lodge (formerly Wawona Hotel) and the Pioneer Yosemite History Center.
The Mariposa Grove Road and the Mariposa Grove are closed for a restoration project until approximately spring 2017.
Glacier Point is an overlook with a commanding view of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, and the High Sierra.
Tuolumne Meadows and Tioga Road
Tuolumne Meadows is a large, open sub-alpine meadow graced by the winding Tuolumne River and surrounded by majestic peaks and domes.
Hidden in Yosemite National Park’s peaceful northwest corner, Hetch Hetchy Valley is a treasure worth visiting in all seasons.
Crane Flat Area
Crane Flat is a pleasant forest and meadow area located 16 miles (30 minutes) from Yosemite Valley.
Yosemite is home to countless waterfalls. The best time to see waterfalls is during spring, when most of the snowmelt occurs.
Over eons, rivers and glaciers somehow carved 3,000 feet into solid granite to create Yosemite Valley forming spectacular rock formations.
There are many different viewpoints in Yosemite; Tunnel View, Olmsted Point, Glacier Point, just to name a few!
Lakes and Rivers
Very few lakes are easily accessible in Yosemite National Park. Rivers flow through Wawona, Yosemite Valley, and Tuolumne Meadows.
Massive, ancient giant sequoias live in three groves in Yosemite National Park.
Meadows and Wetlands
What's so special about meadows and wetlands? Nowhere else in Yosemite will you find a greater diversity of plants and animals.
Nearly 95 percent of Yosemite is Congressionally designated Wilderness. Learn more about backpacking in the Yosemite Wilderness.
Museums, Buildings, and Cemeteries
Yosemite is filled with history and there are numerous places in the park where you can visit a museum, historic building, or cemetery.