The stunning view of Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point is one of the most famous in the world. But there are plenty of other amazing vantage points, including Tunnel View, with its astonishing panorama across the trees to the granite mounds of El Capitan and Half Dome. A drive along the Tioga Road offers fantastic vistas of forests, canyons, lakes and wildflower meadows.
Mother of all the Park's waterfalls is Yosemite Falls, which plunges 740 metres in three stages, and is one of the world's tallest. There's an easy loop round the bottom, where you can feel the mist from the spray, or you can hike right up to the top. Be sure to visit Horsetail Fall If you're in the Park in February, when the reflected glow of the sunset turns it into a river of fire.
There's some serious hiking to be done on Yosemite holidays. For fantastic views, walk the Panorama Trail which takes in Illilouette Fall, Panorama Cliff, Nevada Fall and Happy Isles. It's paradise here for rock climbers too, with endless ascents from crack climbs along the Merced River Canyon to the sheer faces of the Yosemite Valley.
Giants Of Our Time
Giant Sequoia trees grow in three separate locations in Yosemite and are the largest living things ever to have graced our planet. These massive trees, some over 91 metres tall, can live for over 3,000 years. Wander among the ancient specimens at Mariposa Grove, where you can walk right up to the tree fondly known as 'Grizzly Giant'.
Ask A Ranger
Rangers are available throughout the Park, to help out with anything you need. They also run a fascinating programme of walks and events, where you can find out all about Yosemite first hand.