Yosemite National Park Vacations - It's A Family Affair
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Yosemite National Park Vacations - It's A Family Affair

Published at 01/19/2012 14:29:36


Yosemite National Park Vacations - It's A Family Affair

Taking a vacation can be somewhat of a hassle when you have to decide a perfect spot for your vacations which offers you relaxation, amusement, entertainment and luxury; all under one package.  Yosemite national park vacations serve all purposes.  Yosemite national park in the U.S has been designated a world heritage site in 1984 and is one of the biggest tourist attractions due to its breath taking granite cliffs, spectacular waterfalls, clear fresh streams, Giant Sequoia groves, and biological diversity in abundance. No where in the world can you witness such a scene and attracts huge number of tourists from all over the world thus Yosemite national park vacations offering you cultural heritage as well by the museums present there, natural scenic beauty incomparable to the rest of the world and outdoor sporting activities serving the purpose of a fresh healthy trip as well for the whole family.


Yosemite national park is present in the United States, covering the eastern portions of Tuolumne, Mariposa and Madera counties in east central California and going up to the west slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain chain. It was designated a world heritage site in 1984 and around 3.7 million people visit the park annually. It is one of the oldest, largest and least fragmented habitat blocks in the Sierra Nevada holding an exotic biological diversity of wildlife and plants. Sierra Nevada, around 10 million years ago, was uplifted and tilted to form slopes till it became the Yosemite Valley over the years with ice accumulating gradually over the mountains. This down sloping movement of the ice and the way the masses cut and the way the ice has sculpted the U-shaped valley is what that attracts the visitors to its scenic beauty and wanting to experience the Yosemite national park vacations.


Yosemite is extremely popular for its high concentration of waterfall with hanging valleys, sheer drops and glacial steps in the park forming these waterfalls everywhere. In the Yosemite valley the Yosemite falls are the highest point in north America and the lowest being the ribbon falls but the most famous being the Bridalveil Fall, which is waterfall seen from the Tunnel View viewpoint at the east end of the Wawona Tunnel. This tunnel view is also extensively photographed by the visitors since it is the first provided to them of the valley. Besides these natural attractions, for outdoor activities for children the El Capitan is the most prominent granite cliff on which extensive rock climbing is practiced. Numerous park rangers, hiking trials and information regarding them is present there with bicycle rentals also provided. Downhill skiing, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are other activities Yosemite national park vacations offers, thus making it a unique experience for each member of the family.

Tips and comments

For Yosemite national park vacations, it is advisable to go between late spring and early fall since much of the park is open to multiple-day backpack trips. All overnight trips into the back country require a wilderness permit and most require approved bear-resistant food storage.