Yosemite National Park Roadtrip Guide For The Best American National Park!
I love National Parks in United States. All of them, such unique way to experience nature and wildlife. However, everybody has an all-time favorite, and for me that is Yosemite! My first, yet all-time favorite. I’ve waited to write this post a little while even it was my first National Park that I’ve visited. I wanted to see if it is possible to see more than I’ve seen here. Hopefully I’ve seen a lot more different places with different themes and atmosphere. However, that didn’t change my favorite. Let’s see what makes Yosemite such a unique place and my favorite National Park in whole California:
Yosemite Valley is a glacial valley carved out of granite. So, it means that the landscape is unique and not imitable. The mountains surrounding this valley are some of the highest in the Sierra Nevada, with several above 10,000 feet.
You can see all these spectacular cliffs and waterfalls in a 10-minute loop of Yosemite Valley. It’s like Yosemite managed to fit all the magnificent creations of nature in such a small are which makes it really compact and easy to see all.
Based on our journey to there, we saw multiple bears in wild and we were lucky enough to watch and record them. Of course we scared initially, but that was a unique moment in our lives!
Anybody who owns a Macbook knows that the most stunning sunset can be seen in Glacier Point of Yosemite Valley. And since I’m a sunset addict, of course I should have put that scene to the cover of this post which I already did :).
Let’s name those places in Yosemite National Park that you gotta visit them one by one. Luckly, in Yosemite National Park, the bus service is super functional and you can visit all these places whether with a car or with the shuttle.
No need to talk about much about this place, I know that you will jump into your car and make your way to this point to see the Half Dome. I just want to recommend you to do that for watching the sunset, so you can have one of the best moments of your traveling journeys. It’s 35-40 minutes distances to the Yosemite Valley. Use the Wawona Road to reach there and enjoy the view my friend! I was lucky enough to enjoy this view with a group of travelers who made my journey even more amazing and fun! So shoutout to all of you if any of you guys are reading 🙂
Look at this dope photo…Can you tell me that this view looks bad? Well maybe you may not like my outfit, but that’s all. It looks simply stunning and I’ll tell you once you park your car and take a step outside, the view and valley will take your breath away. It’s 5-10 minutes distance to Yosemite Valley and one of the most visited view points in all Yosemite.
Here is the highest waterfall in North America and the 6th largest in the world: Yosemite Falls. At 2,424 feet, the waterfall is a major attraction for Yosemite Park, located in the central Sierra Nevada mountain range of California. It’s best viewed in late spring when snowmelt flows most vigorously. Once we visited Yosemite, waterfall was quite weak, yet we had some nice pictures with it.
Yosemite Firefall, Horsetail Fall
Here is something very unique like the Northern Lights. Firefall is a very special view that you cannot see everyday, so you have to go in the right time to see and capture this miraculous event. Each year in late February, hundreds of spectators gather in Yosemite to witness this amazing event. But the Yosemite Firefall can be finicky. Although Horsetail Fall is visible from multiple viewpoints in Yosemite Valley, several factors must converge to trigger the Firefall. If conditions are not perfect, the Yosemite Firefall will not glow.
Located in the southern portion of Yosemite, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is the largest sequoia grove in Yosemite and is home to over 500 mature giant sequoias. There is a nice fact about this place. For the first time in United States history, the federal government set it aside scenic natural areas to be protected for the benefit of future generations. The Mariposa Grove which was closed in 2015, reopened on June 15, 2018. So we were so lucky that we visited 2 months after the opening and witnessing the wildlife in here. This was the area where we actually faced with 2 grizzly bears and their mother who was huge! As you can see from my face, the wild life in this area will get you really excited! You can easily make your way to Mariposa with park shuttles.
It is like a mirror indeed. However watch out the dates that you are visiting. If you visit right after summer, the lake may be dried up during September. We faced such a situations. After walking 1.5 mile, we asked each other where is the lake. And after spotting the sign “Mirror Lake” next to a dried up are with woods, we understand that we won’t have a mirror to check our outfit on that day. So we had to move on, but I believe you will be lucky enough to see it and have a better picture than ours. And if you have that picture just use hashtag #npbybaris so I can also see how the real Mirror Lake looks like 😉
Well I hated my outfit in the El Capitan picture so I’m just putting El Capitan itself, which is still impressive enough. It’s is a vertical rock formation in Yosemite National Park, located on the north side of Yosemite Valley, near its western end. The granite monolith is about 3,000 feet from base to summit along its tallest face, and is a popular objective for rock climbers. It is easily accessible and no need to walk that much. So you can easily get this photo once you made it there and park your car or step out from the shuttle. However for rock climbers I had to remind the tragic news that 2 rock climbers unfortunately fell to their death in 2018 from El Capitan. So please take all the precautions that you can!
For now these are all my favorite destinations from my Yosemite trip. I hope you will have time to see them all, because this place really deserves your time. It is one of the most visited place for outdoor enthusiast people and also my favorite National Park so far. So go on, make your way to Yosemite and share all your pictures on Instagram by using #npbybaris