Introducing Yosemite National Park
The jaw-dropping head-turner of America’s national parks, and a Unesco World Heritage site, Yosemite (yo-sem-it-ee) garners the devotion of all who enter. From the waterfall-striped granite walls buttressing emerald-green Yosemite Valley to the skyscraping giant sequoias catapulting into the air at Mariposa Grove, the place inspires a sense of awe and reverence – four million visitors wend their way to the country’s third-oldest national park annually. But lift your eyes above the crowds and you’ll feel your heart instantly moved by unrivalled splendors: the haughty profile of Half Dome, the hulking presence of El Capitan, the drenching mists of Yosemite Falls, the gemstone lakes of the high country’s subalpine wilderness and Hetch Hetchy’s pristine pathways.
First time Yosemite National Park
'The mountains are calling, and I must go,' penned John Muir, the poetic naturalist of the Sierra Nevada...
Need to know
Ask Lonely Planet: How do you make the most of a last-minute trip to Yosemite?
It seems like nearly every traveller has Ansel-Adams-fueled dreams of visiting Yosemite National Park (and the ones that don't should), and with those dreams come questions...
Yosemite without the crowds
You’ve seen the postcards, admired your friends’ vacation photos...