Yosemite National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in east-central California. Yosemite is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves, and biological diversity. The Park contains thousands of lakes, ponds, streams, and hiking trails. The peak seasons for Yosemite are generally Spring, when the waterfalls in the Valley are strongest, and Summer, when the Tioga Pass and Glacier Point roads are open, giving visitors access to the higher meadows and to views of the Valley from above. Lodging options in Yosemite National Park range from simple tent cabins to deluxe rooms at The Ahwahnee.
Yosemite Valley – Yosemite Valley is world famous for its impressive waterfalls, meadows, cliffs, and unusual rock formations. Perhaps the most famous sight in the valley is the granite monolith of Half Dome (El Captain), a mountain whose sheer face and rounded top looks like a giant stone dome that has been split in half.
Other popular sights here are: the Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Fall, Nevada Fall, Vernal Fall and Tunnel View.
Wawona – Wawona is the home to the historic Wawona Hotel, dating from the late nineteenth century. The Pioneer Yosemite History Center, a collection of historic buildings, is located just over the covered bridge from the hotel. The Mariposa Grove is south of Wawona near the entrance station.
Glacier Point and Badger Pass – Glacier Point, an overlook with a commanding view of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, and much of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, is located one hour from Yosemite Valley. Washburn Point, another overlook on the same road, appears about half a mile before Glacier Point. This overlook gives a view of the southern side of the Yosemite Valley.
Tuolumne Meadows - Tuolumne Meadows is a large, open sub-alpine meadow graced by the winding Tuolumne River and surrounded by majestic peaks and domes.
Crane Flat - Crane Flat is a pleasant forest and meadow area located 16 miles from Yosemite Valley. Nearby are the Tuolumne and Merced Groves of Giant Sequoias, which are only accessible by foot.
Shuttle bus service is available within some areas of the park. To go to Yosemite Valley, there is free shuttle service in Eastern Yosemite Valley, to go to Glacier Point, there is a fee based bus ride operating from May to October, to Badger Pass – a free shuttle, to Wawona there is limited public transportation in summer only, to Tioga Road or Tuolumne Meadow, there is a fee based bus ride but Hetch Hetchy Valley has no public transportation.