No visit to California would be complete without a trip to Yosemite, a natural wonderland encompassing 1,200 square miles of waterfalls, granite rock formations and picturesque views of the Yosemite Valley.
Yes, you’ll want to check out must-see spots like Vernal Fall and Bridalveil Fall, measuring 317 and 617 feet, respectively. And you should absolutely gaze at the soaring peaks of Half Dome and El Capitan from afar, or if you’re feeling ambitious, scale them via epic climbs.
But also make time to travel to less-populated destinations within the park, like the bucolic Tuolumne Meadows and Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, an impressive and important site that provides drinking water to 2.4 million Bay Area residents.
Want to really get acquainted with nature here? Carve out a few days to enjoy the park’s renowned camping.