Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Travel Tips: Yosemite National Park, California

Referring to the Yosemite National Park Service website, Yosemite National Park covers nearly 1,200 square miles of mountainous terrain in the Sierra Nevada of California. It is considered the most popular national park in California which is crowded with tourists on weekends and public holidays. Yosemite National Park is located 200 miles of east of San Francisco which requires you to drive for around 3 1/2 hours in order to get there. 

Yosemite National Park opens every day throughout the year but you need to monitor on the weather condition during the winter season. It is not advisable to visit Yosemite National Park during the winter if it's your first visit there. Driving along the icy and snowy road during the winter isn't the same experience as your normal driving skills on the normal road. A lot of precautions need to take note like, you need to drive very slow (between 30-35 miles per hour) even before and after installing tire chain throughout the journey in order to control and prevent your vehicle from being skidded. Winter storm occurs frequently during the winter thus, many of the areas in Yosemite National Park will be closed. Therefore it's highly recommended to visit Yosemite National Park during the spring and fall but try to avoid visiting during the summer as it tends to be overcrowded with the locals and tourists.

There are many things to do at Yosemite National Park. You can choose to hike or bike along the easy or difficult trails or even you can prepare your own picnic while enjoying the nature there. Yosemite Valley is famous for its highest waterfalls including Yosemite Falls, meadows, cliffs and Mariposa Grove of giant sequoia trees which can be accessible by cars all year round except during the winter which need to be monitored on the weather condition.

For more information about Yosemite National Park, please visit here:


These pictures were taken at Yosemite National Park during Spring:

On the way to Yosemite National Park, California
On the way to Yosemite National Park. The path was still covered with snow after the winter season.




Trekking along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias at Yosemite National Park, California
The authorities closed the road to cars at Mariposa Grove due to unsafe condition to drive. We had to walk for 6 miles (9.7 km) with dogs to and fro the parking lots.




Surrounded by Giant Sequoias at Yosemite National Park, California
Look at us, being the tiny humans which are surrounded by giant sequoia trees at Mariposa Grove.




Big trunk of Giant Sequoia at Yosemite National Park, California
The fallen tree of Giant Sequoia with big roots




Beautiful water fountain at Yosemite National Park, California
Beautiful waterfall at Yosemite National Park




Beautiful water fountain at Yosemite National Park, California during Spring
A refreshing feeling looking at the greenery nature with waterfall




Bridalveil Fall at Yosemite National Park, California during spring
A popular spot of Bridalveil Fall with its energising waterfall




River Stream at Bridalveil Fall at Yosemite National Park, California
A small waterfall along the stream at Bridalveil Fall




Mirror Lake at Yosemite National Park, California
Reaching on time to take a beautiful shot at Mirror Lake




Half Dome at Yosemite National Park, California
Another popular spot at Half Dome for the hikers with permits




Lower Yosemite Fall at Yosemite National Park, California
Another waterfall at Lower Yosemite Fall which is situated at the main road before heading home




Yosemite National Park, California during spring
An overlook of Yosemite National Park which was taken at the highway


These pictures were taken at Yosemite National Park during winter. Many of the areas were closed due to bad weather condition which was also unsafe to drive and walk around.

Slippery road along Yosemite National Park, California during winter
Along the icy road at Yosemite National Park




Bridalveil Fall at Yosemite National Park, California during winter
We still could see waterfall at Bridalveil Fall during the winter




Icy and slippery road along Yosemite National Park, California during winter
Driving slowly and carefully along the icy road to prevent from being skidded




Yosemite Valley at Yosemite National Park, California during winter
Yosemite Valley with its waterfall




Yosemite Valley  at Yosemite National Park, California during winter
It's chilling but delighting to play with snow




Icy and snowy around Yosemite  National Park, California during winter
Foggy came in the late afternoon. It's time to head home before it's too dark to drive.




Cold and foggy at Yosemite National Park, California in the late afternoon during winter
Heavy fogs could be seen everywhere which became more obstacle with low visibility to drive.




Yosemite National Park, California during winter
An overview of Yosemite National Park during winter which was taken at the highway.

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