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Yosemite National Park


Yosemite National Park
5 October

We left Las Vegas after being there three days and continued our trip towards San Francisco. We made an overnight stop in Fresno, in Best Western motel. We found nearby the restaurant for a dinner. Fresno was good place to stay because, it is just 60 miles to Yosemite, and it is closest city to the park. It was quite dark and late already then we finished our dinner.

Next morning, after the breakfast we took Highway 41 and drove to Yosemite National Park. Yosemite National Park was designated a World Heritage Site since 1984. The park is well recognized for its spectacular waterfalls, granite cliffs, clear streams, Giant Sequoia groves, and biological diversity. About 90% of Yosemite Park is designated wilderness area.

The Natural beauty truly impressed us here. We entered the park from South entrance. We drove through the tunnel and there it was a Wawona Tunnel View, one of the most photographed places in Yosemite National Park. This was absolutely stunning! There was a parking place, so we parked a car and made several shots.

Yosemite is famous for its high concentration of waterfalls in such a limited area. We made a stop at Bridalveil Fall, which is one of the most prominent waterfalls as it is 188 meters (620 feet) tall and it flows all year around. We were there at the dry season and still the fall was pretty. We made a stop at the Gates of the Valley take some pictures with the beautiful scene of having El Capitan on one side, Bridalveil Falls on the other, with the Merced River in the foreground.

As if spectacular Yosemite Valley weren't enough, Yosemite National Park offers another of nature's greatest wonders: the giant sequoias. Sequoias are in Mariposa Grove, in the southernmost part of Yosemite National Park. Those trees can grow as tall as a 25-story building and live as long as 3,500 years. These are the world's largest living things, and they grow only on the western slopes of the Sierras at elevations of 5,000 - 8,000 feet.

We had a day to spend here; this was a little to cover all the beauty. We believe that 3-4 days here would make a perfect vacation.

By the evening we were already in San Francisco. We had a coupon book for motels and we have made our choice. I went to the reception and asked for the room with the coupon in hand. The receptionist said that they do not have the room. This was the first time we have heard such thing in America. Later we understood that in San Francisco it is a little bit more complicated with finding the accommodation. We found the motel, although not near the piers.