Yosemite National Park: a unique destination in the world!

28 May 2019 - Written by Caroline Le Pichon

Yosemite is one of the jewels of the United States. This region in the centre of the Sierra Nevada extends over nearly 3081km², making it the 3rd largest nature park in California. With its breath-taking landscapes, waterfalls and giant Sequoias, go on an adventure in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

 

Its diversity earned it a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

Come and discover this magical place: there are 1287km of hiking trails. You can also ride a bike, or ride a horse to admire the magical colours of this park. In winter, it is even possible to ski there!

In the evening, sit back and watch the stars in a setting that is unique in the world. It is very likely that you will be awakened by some wolf cries. Don’t worry, the rangers are not far away!

  • Cliffs and mountains

Among the most famous cliffs is the Half Dome, with a breath-taking view of the entire valley. Glacier Point dominates the valley from a height of 975 metres.

El Capitan has a 900-metre high wall, making it the highest cliff in the world. It took 47 days for 3 British people to climb this wall for the first time, in 1958! Today, experienced climbers from all over the world come to try to climb this granite rock.

 

  • Giant Redwoods

The park has three very old groves of giant Sequoias. Giant redwoods are among the rarest and oldest organisms living on Earth, so they are an emblematic species.

While walking through the Mariposa grove, you will meet, among 500 other specimens, the oldest tree in the world, the 2700-year-old Grizzly Giant.

  • Waterfalls

Yosemite is home to several hundred waterfalls, including one of the largest in the world: Yosemite Falls, 740 metres high. The most spectacular ones appear during the melting of snow and glaciers in the spring.

Horsetail Fall, is one of the most extraordinary: it has the particularity of giving the illusion of a cascade of fire, with the rays of the sun. It is a very rare natural phenomenon, because it can only be seen 20 days a year, in winter.

  • Hinterland Who’s Who

Yosemite Park is also home to more than 250 species of animals: fish, rabbits, bats, pumas…

The most emblematic animal in the park is the brown bear: its population is estimated at about 300 to 500 individuals. They became famous by repeatedly seizing tourists’ meals. So, it is very likely that you will encounter some on the road.

So, what are you waiting for to jump on a bus and visit this splendid place?

12-days trip from San Francisco

Next departure on July 12, 2019

Other departures on 06 September or 21 October

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