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Introducing Yosemite National Park

Yosemite (yo-sem-it-tee) is the Taj Mahal of national parks and you’ll first encounter it with the same mixture of reverence and awe. It’s also a Unesco World Heritage Site that packs in so much jaw-dropping beauty that it makes even Switzerland look like God’s practice run. As far as we can tell, America’s third-oldest national park has only one downside: the impact of the astonishing four million visitors annually who wend their way here. But lift your eyes ever so slightly 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, the giant sequoias of Wawona, Hetch Hetchy’s pristine pathways. These and other unforgettable sights pretty much guarantee that you’ll be storing memories by the gigabyte.