Sequoias

As if super-sized waterfalls and granite rock formations weren’t enough to make you feel as small as a bug, Yosemite and its nearby national parks also protect giant sequoias, the biggest trees on Earth.

El Capitan from the Merced River

California Has 2 out of 7 Natural Wonders of North America

Yosemite, with its stunning features and incredible wildlife, earned a spot on the list. Judges say the park earned its top seven ranking because of its distinctive monoliths El Capitan and Half Dome. Yosemite also features North America’s tallest waterfall at 2,425 feet. Read More...

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Land of the Giants

Yosemite is home to around 550 mature giant sequoias thousands of years old. Learn where to see these magnificent beasts and watch a video about their history. Read More...

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Walk Among Giant Sequoias

Start by taking the whole family on a joyful nature walk through the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias. Read More...

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Giant Sequoias Beyond Yosemite

Although Yosemite’s giant sequoias are impressive, nothing compares to the Giant Forest, where the world’s largest known living tree still grow, found deep inside Sequoia National Park. Neighboring Kings Canyon National Park also protects giant sequoias in Grant Grove. Sprawling in between and also wrapping around these national parks is the Giant Sequoia Monument of the Sequoia National Forest. Read More...

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Giant Sequoias in Yosemite

In Yosemite National Park, you can get acquainted with giant sequoias in Mariposa Grove, outside Wawona in the southern area of the park, as well as at two smaller and less crowded groves near Crane Flat. Read More...

Top Ten Things to do in Yosemite Park

1. Yosemite Valley Waterfalls

When snow melt from mountain peaks brings icy waters rushing downstream into Yosemite Valley, great waterfalls spring to life. During the peak seasonal flow, which usually happens in May, the thundering of waterfalls can be heard clear across the valley. Read More...

2. Famous Viewpoints

Yosemite’s Tunnel View with Half Dome, Valley View with Merced River, Glacier Point, and Olmsted Point are the most famous views in the National Park. Read More...

3. Walk Among Giant Sequoias

Start by taking the whole family on a joyful nature walk through the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias. Read More...

4. Black Bears & Wildlife in Yosemite National Park

With more than 400 kinds of animals and multiple life zones for plant life, Yosemite is a top spot for wildlife watching. Read More...

5. Explore Yosemite Trails

Whether you want to get out of the car and do a little exploring, or you’re planning a backcountry adventure on foot or horseback, we’ve got just the thing for you and your family. Read More...

6. Go Camping on Your Yosemite Vacation

Nothing beats sleeping under the stars in Yosemite National Park, especially if you’re looking for a little family togetherness Read More...

7. Go Rock Climbing in Yosemite

Stalwarts like the giant wall of El Capitan, the polished promontory of Half Dome, and skyscraping Glacier Point all call to expert climbers, who sometimes bivouac overnight while suspended in mid-air. Read More...

8. Yosemite’s Curry Village Ice Skating Rink

Yosemite is covered in powdery blankets of snow, and the valley becomes a winter wonderland. Read More...

9. Explore History & Culture

Yosemite is the wild, wild West. From its earliest Native American inhabitants, to the mid-19th-century California Gold Rush, and the later arrival of ranchers, loggers, and hoteliers, the land surrounding Yosemite National Park is amazingly rich in historical sites. Read More...

10. Festivals & Ranger-Led Activities in Yosemite National Park

Come to watch waterfalls in spring, go hiking in the Sierra Nevada high country in summer, roast marshmallows over your campfire in fall, and go skiing and snowshoeing in winter. Timing your visit to coincide with one of the region’s many festivals will only enhance your Yosemite vacation. Read More...

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