America the beautiful sure is, well, beautiful. Last week, as a declaration of just how splendid America’s natural resources are, the Seven Natural Wonders Organization declared the Seven 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.
El Capitan (pictured above) is a vertical rock formation in Yosemite National Park, located on the north side of Yosemite Valley, near its western end. The granite monolith extends about 3,000 feet from base to summit along its tallest face, and is one of the world's favorite challenges for rock climbers.
The half dome (pictured above) appears to be missing half it's rock, but actually was never whole.
Yosemite Falls (pictured above) is the highest measured waterfall in North America. Located in Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada of California, it is a major attraction in the park, especially in late spring when the water flow is at its peak.
The park was in good company among Mount McKinley, Yellowstone National Park, the Everglades, Niagara Falls, Bay of Fundy, and the giant redwoods of California found in Sequoia National Park and Redwoods National Park.
With two of the seven landmarks located in its borders, California was a big winner
“California’s natural beauty and protected lands play a vital role in bringing visitors to our state,” Caroline Beteta, President & CEO of Visit California, told the Digital Journal. “We are thrilled that both Yosemite and the Redwoods have been selected for this honor.”
A combination of scientists, conservation professionals and the public selected the 7 Natural Wonders of North America with the former two groups’ votes weighted more heavily since the public is heavily influenced by social media, marketing and advertising.