Must see attractions in Yosemite & the Sierra Nevada

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    Eastern California Museum

    This museum contains one of the most complete collections of Paiute and Shoshone baskets in the country, as well as artifacts from the Manzanar National…

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    Wawona Swinging Bridge

    Metal cables anchored to boulders on both ends of this 40 ft span over the South Fork of the Merced River keep the wobbling relatively light. Nice spot…

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    Stoneman Bridge

    An iconic spot, both as a perfect foreground structure for photos of Half Dome in the distance and for its simple, elegant single-arch stone design over…

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    Wapama Falls

    These falls, on the north side of the Hetch Hetchy reservoir, fall more than 1000ft and are a worthy destination for a 5-mile round-trip hike from the O…

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    Panorama Gondola

    Year round, a vertiginous gondola whisks sightseers to the apex of Mammoth Mountain for breathless views of snow-speckled mountaintops. Leaves from near…

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    Giant Sequoia National Monument

    Created in 2000 and administered by the US Forest service, the Giant Sequoia National Monument includes two sections of protected forest totaling over 328…

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    Washburn Point

    On the way to Glacier Point, less than a mile away, this viewpoint faces east toward the Clark Range, so no sweeping view of Yosemite Valley. Still,…

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    Navy Beach

    The best place for swimming in Mono Lake is at Navy Beach. It’s also the best place to put in canoes or kayaks.

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    Grizzly Falls

    The base of these 80ft falls is a short walk from Hwy 180, about 4 miles west of Cedar Grove in Kings Canyon. There's a picnic area here with bathrooms.

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    Tueeulala Falls

    These falls, pronounced twee-lala, drop more than 1000ft over a sheer granite cliff on the north side of the Hetch Hetchy reservoir.

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    Lyell Canyon

    This lovely canyon, which includes a section that is part of the John Muir Trail, follows the Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River.

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    McGurk Meadow

    Lush wildflower-strewn meadow with a historic log cabin. Makes for a nice, leisurely stroll.

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    Sentinel Bridge

    This bridge over the Merced River has fantastic views of Half Dome and Yosemite Falls.

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    Valley View

    Views of El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall can be had from this valley-floor turnout.

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    Dewey Point Lookout

    There are panoramic views of Yosemite Valley from this 7385ft ridge lookout.

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    Hospital Rock

    The Potwisha people, a band of Monache (also known as Western Mono), originally lived at this site. When the first white settler, Hale Tharp, arrived in…

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    Tunnel Rock

    In the 1930s, no one anticipated the development of monster SUVs. About 1.5 miles north of the Foothills Visitor Center, a flat granite boulder on the…

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    Upside-Down House

    The Upside-Down House, a kooky tourist attraction created by silent-film actress Nellie Bly O’Bryan, is worth a quick look. Originally situated along…

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    Pioneer Yosemite History Center

    Off Wawona Rd, about 6 miles north of Mariposa Grove, you can take in the manicured grounds of the elegant Big Trees Lodge and cross a covered bridge to…

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    Three Rivers Historical Museum

    Holds a small collection of local ranching, mining and domestic artifacts, as well as an archive of historical photographs and newspaper clippings. The…