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Yosemite Falls
Yosemite Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in the North America Continental. It has a total drop of 2,425 feet. Although often referred to as a ‘two-stage drop’, Yosemite falls is divided into the Great Upper Fall (1,430 feet), a middle cascade (320 feet) and the Lower Fall (675 feet). The falls are at their fullest in spring and early summer and a must see attraction for anyone visiting Yosemite. Yosemite Falls is visible from numerous places around Yosemite Valley, especially around Yosemite Village. A one-mile loop trail leads to the base of the Lower Yosemite Fall which is an enjoyable hike.
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Bridal Veil Falls
Standing 620 feet tall, Bridal Veil Falls frames the view of the valley. Looking like the veil of a bride, this waterfall is very recognizable. You can take a quick 15 minute walk from the parking lot to see the base of this waterfall.
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Vernal Fall
This 317 foot fall flows year round and is one of the most beautiful in the park. By mid to late summer the fall narrows and separates into one, two, or three falls as water flows decrease. The flow peaks in late May and can get to 80 feet in width. In order to see Vernal Fall by car, you must drive to Glacier Point. The road to Glacier Point is open approximately late May through November. Or, you can take the free shuttle bus to Happy Isles and hike to Vernal Fall on a steep trail. The path is not very difficult to walk and you will also find an excellent view of Vernal Fall from the footbridge. Hikers can expect slippery footing and a tremendous amount of waterfall spray in spring and early summer. Once you arrive at the top you will see Emerald pool which is a deep tranquil pool that is safe to swim in.
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Nevada Fall
The Nevada Fall is 1.5 miles above Vernal Falls. It is 594 feet and flows all year, with peak flow in late May. You can also see Nevada Fall at Glacier Point and then hike down to the fall. This route you will also see Illioutte Falls. A visit to both Vernal and Nevada waterfalls from Happy Isles makes an excellent half-day hike, involving a 6-mile round trip along a sometimes rocky trail with a total elevation gain of 1,840 feet.
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El Capitan
El Capitan is a 3,000 foot tall vertical rock formation, and one of the largest single granite rocks on earth. For climbers this is a challenging and exciting face, attracting enthusiasts from all over the world.
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Glacier Point
Glacier point is 7205 above sea level and offers a breathtaking view of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and the High Sierra. In the summer, Glacier Point is a major Yosemite tourist attraction. In winter, Glacier Point can be reached only by skis, hiking or snowshoes.
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Half Dome
Half Dome is one of Yosemite's most familiar sites. The granite dome dominates the valley view, rising 8837 feet above sea level. Although challenging, visitors love hiking to the top for the stunning view.
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Mariposa Grove
The Mariposa Grove is the largest grove of giant sequoias in Yosemite Park. Grizzly Giant, the oldest sequoia in Yosemite National Park, is between 1900 - 2400 years old and one of the oldest in the world.
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Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad
This historic 3 foot narrow gauge railway with 2 operating vintage steam trains is a definite highlight in Yosemite National Park. This unique 4 mile excursion takes visitors on the route that log trains used to travel through the Sierra Mountains. For stunning views and a trip back in time, hop on the Logger Steam Train in Yosemite National Park.
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Merced River

The Merced River , in central California in the United States, flows westwards from the Sierra Nevada to join the San Joaquin River in the southern Central Valley. The river is most famous for flowing through the southern half of Yosemite National Park and the well-known Yosemite Valley.
Originally formed as one of many rivers flowing off the ancestral Sierra Nevada, the most recent Ice Age brought sweeping change to the Merced River. A succession of glaciers carved out the upper basin, and erosion deposited thick layers of rich sediment into the flat floor of the lower Merced River watershed, creating a fertile grassland.

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Skiing & Snowboarding at Badger Pass
Yosemite's Badger Pass is one of California’s original ski resorts in the Sierra Nevada and still to this day it is a favorite vacation destination for winter lovers. It is perfect for families and skiers and snowboarders of all levels.
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Yosemite Bicycling
One of the best ways to see Yosemite's many magnificent sights is on a bicycle. You can bring your own bike or rent a bike. With more than 12 miles of paved bike trails on the valley floor, you can experience some of the most picturesque places in the park.
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Yosemite Hiking & Backpacking
In Yosemite, the hiking possibilities are endless. Whether you prefer a half-day stroll or a challenging full-day hike, there is so much to explore. Spectacular scenery, great weather, and nearly a thousand miles of trails make Yosemite National Park a hiker’s paradise. Inquire about backpacking tours, group hikes, and custom hikes – all a great way to experience the magnificence of Yosemite.
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Yosemite Rock Climbing
Yosemite offers half-day or full day guided trips for climbers of all levels. Climbing lessons, all-women’s climbing and advanced climbs are all offered and available in Yosemite and at Fresno Dome.
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Horseback Rides
Saddle Up! Horseback Rides in Yosemite National Park are exciting for everyone. There are a few stables in Yosemite including a ride through Mariposa Grove of the Giant Sequoias in Yosemite. The rides vary from 2 hours to all day and are a great way to see the sights of Yosemite.
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Yosemite Fishing
Yosemite offers excellent fishing opportunities with hundreds of miles of river and lake shore access. Nearby Lake McClure, Lake McSwain, Lake Don Pedro and Bass Lake offer beautiful shorelines to catch native trout, bass and much more.
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Golfing Near Yosemite
Enjoy a round at either the Wawona Golf Course, located inside Yosemite National park, or at a variety of other championship courses in the region. Yosemite National Park is almost entirely wilderness, allowing you to experience the unspoiled natural beauty. The Park includes almost 1,200 square miles of scenic wild lands of the Nevada stretching along California. Majestic mountains and waterfalls towering over world-renowned hiking trails and footpaths allow Yosemite Park to be a major year round tourist attraction
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