Yosemite National Park's towering geologic formations, lush meadows, tumbling rivers, and spectacular waterfalls attract travelers from around the world. Yosemite is home to 3 of the world's 10 tallest waterfalls and the largest single piece of exposed granite on the planet. And you don't have to be a mountaineer to enjoy the beauty of the park -- Yosemite's most popular attractions are accessible to everyone. No matter where you go, you'll find a view worth remembering.
Hiking is the prime recreational pursuit here, and the best views of the park's amazing waterfalls and geological formations are only accessible by foot. For starters, try the Mist Trail to Vernal Fall, the short hike to Sentinel Dome, and the trail to Cathedral Lakes in Tuolumne Meadows. Next, embark on a multiday backpacking trip on the John Muir Trail. The park is also one of the world's top rock-climbing destinations. Skiing, rafting, and bicycling are also popular.
Rangers give talks and lead hikes in Yosemite year-round, and there are a host of guided bus tours offered by DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite and a host of other companies. If you're looking to break a sweat, DNC's Yosemite Mountaineering offers guided hikes and Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides takes visitors on guided hiking, fishing, and climbing expeditions.
From Spartan tent-cabins to luxury hotels, Yosemite has a full range of options for overnight guests, most of them located in Yosemite Valley. The park also has 13 campgrounds, ranging from bare bones to downright civilized, as well as a pizzeria, a taqueria, a cafeteria, and several more upscale eateries. If you're in need of four walls and a ceiling, it's tough to top the Ahwahnee, one of the most luxurious -- and expensive -- accommodations in any national park.