Stunning and unforgettable, Yosemite National Park was first protected in 1864 and designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1984. Today, this enormous national park covers over 1,100 square miles and attracts over four million visitors every year and we can definitely see why.
Leaving the car behind is easy in Yosemite, as there are regular buses (YARTS) that loop the park, allowing you to make the most of your time here. A good camera is a must, with highlights including the iconic Tunnel View, Yosemite Falls, Glacier Point and Half Dome. You’ll never be short of photo opportunities in Yosemite, in particular during sunrise or sunset when the breath-taking granite giants turn pink in the light. If you’re seeking outdoor adventure, this is the place to come: from the plethora of gentle walks, hikes and guided tours, to dare devil rock climbing and rafting along the Merced River.
Approximately four hours’ drive from San Francisco, you can visit Yosemite any time of year; however, it is worth noting that during winter road closures can make it much harder to get around. Glorious waterfalls in spring and fewer crowds in late autumn make these the perfect time to visit.