16 Thrilling Things to Do in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite is arguably California’s most iconic National Park! With its towering granite walls, crystal clear lakes, and tremendous giant sequoias, it’s no wonder Yosemite was chosen as America’s first protected wilderness area under the 1864 Yosemite Valley Grant Act. The park stretches more than 1,100 square miles and is larger than the state of Rhode … Read more 16 Thrilling Things to Do in Yosemite National Park

7 of the Best Tuolumne Meadows Hikes

While Tuolumne Meadows does, indeed, center around a large meadow, it also has roaring waterfalls, rushing rivers, and huge granite peaks and domes: Yosemite in miniature! Yosemite Valley’s slightly lesser-known cousin, Tuolumne Meadows offers similar scenery to the Valley itself, but with more of an alpine feel and best of all — with fewer crowds! … Read more 7 of the Best Tuolumne Meadows Hikes

Your Complete Guide to Hiking the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

Perfectly clear water in an alpine lake in the Sierras surrounded by grey mountain rock

The Tahoe to Yosemite trail spans a wonderful 186 miles between two of California’s most famous spots, Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park. While the new Tahoe to Yosemite Trail is a section of the much longer Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), the original TYT’s construction was actually suggested a few years before the PCT. In … Read more Your Complete Guide to Hiking the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

Complete Guide to Hiking the John Muir Trail: Permits, Prep, and the Hike Itself!

The John Muir Trail is considered by many to be one of the best backpacking trails in the country. This beautiful trail crosses 211 miles through the heart of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, carving steps into steep granite and winding around pristine alpine lakes and meadows. The trail is also known as the Nüümü Poyo … Read more Complete Guide to Hiking the John Muir Trail: Permits, Prep, and the Hike Itself!

30 Useful Things to Know Before Visiting Yosemite in Winter: Hikes, Closures, + Activities

As the other articles on this site about Yosemite describe, it is known that Yosemite is truly a treasure of America and the planet. From high alpine hiking to amazing scenery, Yosemite is a dream. It is a place of stories and lore. It is brimming with a rich history from its original Native American … Read more 30 Useful Things to Know Before Visiting Yosemite in Winter: Hikes, Closures, + Activities

Exactly Where to Find the 12 Best Views in Yosemite

Man at Taft point at sunset standing on cliff edge

Yosemite National Park is a place so special that famed California conservationist John Muir himself said “It is by far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter.” Truly, everywhere you look in Yosemite National Park greets you with a jaw-dropping view, and it’s near impossible to find … Read more Exactly Where to Find the 12 Best Views in Yosemite

Hidden Gems in Yosemite: 5 Secret Spots With No Crowds

In 1864, Yosemite National Park technically became the world’s first National Park. President Abraham Lincoln protected Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias by creating a public trust with the state of California. He did so to keep it free from exploitation, as he understood the undeniable perfection of this scenery. Since then, … Read more Hidden Gems in Yosemite: 5 Secret Spots With No Crowds

One Day in Yosemite National Park: Itinerary for a Quick Day Trip

Beautiful. Awe-inspiring. Impressive. There are no better words to describe a traveler’s feelings when they first approach Yosemite Valley and its majestic waterfalls. Yosemite National Park is home to giant sequoia forests, stunning granite landscapes, and towering beautiful waterfalls — including a record-breaker! Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in North America at 2,425 feet … Read more One Day in Yosemite National Park: Itinerary for a Quick Day Trip