Yosemite claims some of the USA's most impressive bodies of water including Yosemite Falls, Vernal Fall, Mirror Lake and the Merced River.
Although just about every bend in Tioga Road reveals another awesome view, here are three stops you won't want to miss on the eastern section at Tioga Pass.
The valley has an iconic rock formation called Kolana Rock, and Wapama Falls which flows year-round, yet relatively few people visit this area of the park.
Weather permitting, as the sun sets the Horsetail Fall waterfall lights up a firefall down El Capitan. Learn about the history and today's natural effect.
Stand on the Yosemite Creek bridge below Yosemite Falls in March and April and you may see frazil ice in the creek and a snow cone under the upper falls.
A hero was made when Alec Smith leapt over the protective barrier at the top of Vernal Falls to save the life of a young boy. Most rescues don't turn out successful.
Grant Ordelheide showcases his photos of waterfalls and gives you tips on how best photograph these cascades.
The following are a few of our favorite Sierra Nevada lakes outside Yosemite National Park.
Among the most beautiful natural attractions in Yosemite are its pristine lakes. Favorite include Mirror Lake, Tenaya Lake, and Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.
Starting from the Happy Isles on the valley floor, the challenging Mist Trail climbs a granite staircase beside Vernal Fall and on to Nevada Fall.
The story of Mono Lake reflects the historical and political struggles between nature conservation and California's burgeoning urban populations.
In late spring and early summer, when melting snow from Sierra Nevada peaks thunders down into the valleys below, it's easy to imagine how millennia of erosion has shaped the landscape of the park today.
Yosemite has many wild waterfalls, rivers and streams, causing visitors who are unprepared and don't heed the posted warning signs to get into trouble.
Immediately outside Yosemite's east entrance is one of the oldest lakes in North America. See giant tufa formations on an interpretive trail.
Moonbows, Lunar Rainbows, or Spraybows are the moonlight refracking off a spray of water or waterfall. The best time to see them are during the full moon. Watch the video.
In no other place in the Sierra Nevada mountains can you see so many impressive waterfalls gathered together in one spot.
If you're looking for solitude, there are many more hidden waterfalls throughout the park, which are nearly as beautiful as their valley sisters.