Mariposa Grove

Largest Sequoia Grove in the park protected by Abraham Lincoln on June 30, 1864 as an Act of Congress. Stunning trails wind through this enchanting forest of gentle giants.

Mariposa Grove

California Tunnel Tree

Giant Sequoia cut in 1895 as a marketing gimmick to allow visitors to travel through by coach. It is the only standing sequoia with a tunnel.

California Tunnel Tree Yosemite

Grizzly Giant

Giant Sequoia estimated to be 1900-2400 years old and thought to be the 25th largest in the world

Grizzly Giant Yosemite

Wawona Hotel

One of the oldest mountain resorts in the Sierra Nevada built in 1876. President Theodore Roosevelt stayed here while touring Yosemite with John Muir which would lead to the federal protection of Yosemite.

Wawona Hotel

Glacier Point

The most beautiful spot in the Sierra Nevada Mountains at 7,214 feet. Jaw dropping views of iconic sites including Yosemite, Vernal & Nevada Falls and the prominent Half Dome.

Glacier Point

Tunnel View

Vantage point with breathtaking views of El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall and the Half Dome. Late afternoon light through sunset is the best time to photograph this lovely vista. If arriving to the park from Wawona Road, this stop is also the first view of the valley.

Tunnel View Yosemite

Bridalveil Fall

A year-round waterfall with a plunge of 620 feet whose similarity to a bridal veil is striking. The Ahwahneechee Native Americans believed that being misted could improve one's chance of marriage.

Bridalveil Fall

Mist Falls Trail

Strenuous hike where a refreshing mist will soak you alongside a mirage of rainbows to Vernal & Nevada Falls

Mist Falls Trail

Vernal Fall

317 foot drop along the Merced River. Visit in the Spring and Early Summer for a roaring dance of water.

Vernal Fall

Nevada Fall

594 foot waterfall called by Native Americans 'Yo-wy-we' or 'curve' after the twist of the water as it passes down the granite cliffs

Nevada Fall

Half Dome

The crown jewel of the Sierra Nevada Mountains which rises more than 4,737 feet above the valley floor. The top can be accessed by a strenuous 14 to 16 mile round-trip hike with a valid permit. 

Half Dome

Mirror Lake

Seasonal lake that peaks in the Spring after a great snow melt. An easy, 2 mile round trip hike takes you to the base and is a great way to see what Yosemite looked like thousands of years ago when an entire lake covered the valley floor.

Mirror Lake

The Ahwahnee

A National Historic Landmark in the heart of the park that has been providing visitors luxury since 1927

The Ahwahnee

Cook's Meadow

Stunning meadow with gorgeous views in the heart of the valley

Cook's Meadow

Yosemite Falls

The highest waterfall in the park At 2,425 feet and the 6th tallest in the world. Water passes through three gorgeous tiers before making its final plunge to the ground.

Yosemite Falls

Merced River

Beaches, picnic areas and overlooks surround this river that runs along the entire valley floor

Merced River

El Capitan

Iconic granite monolith that rises 3,000 feet straight up from the valley floor

El Capitan Yosemite

Valley View

Grand overlook along the Merced River with views of El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall

Valley View Yosemite

Tioga Road

Scenic drive through Yosemite's High Country which offers several vista points, waterfalls, lakes and hiking opportunities. It is a great escape from the crowds of the valley and is usually open from June through September.

Tioga Road

Olmsted Point

8,000 foot high overlook with unique views of Yosemite and its iconic Half Dome. Named after Frederick Law Olmsted, the Father of American Landscape Architecture and Conservationist.

Olmsted Point

Tenaya Lake

Alpine lake named after Chief Tenaya, leader of the Ahwahnechee. Native Americans called the lake ‘Pie-we-ack’ or ‘Lake of the Shining Rocks’.

Tenaya Lake

Tuolumne Meadows

Serene and stunningly beautiful alpine meadow of Yosemite's High Country. At 8,600 feet, it can be reached by the scenic Tioga Road in the summertime. Marks the northern border of the largest stretch of road-less wilderness in the continental United States.

Tuolumne Meadows