Take a trip through time at Mariposa Grove. This sequoia grove is home to 500 giant sequoias, the oldest of which are believed to be over 3,000 years old. A trip to the grove is sure to bring splendor and awe as you wander through some of the largest and oldest living things on earth. The most famous sequoia is the Grizzly Giant. It’s over 200-feet tall and one of the largest living giant sequoias in the world.
El Capitan has a fitting name. The 3,000-foot formation is one of the largest exposed pieces of granite in the world. It was named El Capitan, or Spanish for “The Captain”, in response to its Native American name translated to “The Chief.” It seems that, no matter the language, people respect El Capitan’s size. Located in Yosemite Valley, El Capitan is a favorite among experienced rock climbers. The striking granite monolith can be seen from a variety of vantage points and is one of the most beautiful, if not most impressive, viewpoints in all of Yosemite.
Breathtaking views, scenic hiking trails, natural wonders. Yes, Olmsted Point has it all. This famous vista is a pit stop located along Tioga Road. Though less traveled than many of its counterparts, Olmsted Point provides a unique perspective of Yosemite. To the west are views into Tenaya Canyon and its large, ancient boulders. To the east is Tenaya Lake and to the north is a distant view of Half Dome. You’ll be surrounded by some of nature’s best geology in all directions.
Bridalveil Falls might not be the biggest waterfall in Yosemite. But it might be the most popular. This impressive waterfall sits at over 600 feet and attracts millions of tourists each year. Located near entry points to Yosemite Valley, this waterfall frequently gives guests their first look into the famed area of the park. Bridalveil Falls name derives from its constant layer of mist that can, at times, resemble a bridal veil. You can enjoy the cool mist of the falls from the base or take a meandering hike to the top of the fall’s peak. The refreshing water and beautiful backdrop make this waterfall a can’t miss.
Tuolumne Meadows is one of the most photographed areas of Yosemite. One look into the meadow and it’s easy to see why. Tuolumne Meadows is a vast, grassy area located along the Tuolumne River. It’s filled with diverse landscape, carved domes, and large mountain peaks. It’s elevated at over 8,600 feet above sea level and is one of the largest meadows in the Sierra Nevada. You’ll find everything from forest hiking trails to lush grasslands and hidden waterfalls in this eastern Yosemite destination.