Nearly the size of rhode island yosemite national park dazzles with unforgettable natural beauty. Stop to explore these six state parks that are nearby.
The parks also protect vast prairies oak woodlands wild river ways and nearly 40 miles of rugged coastline.
California national parks yosemite. Driving from lake tahoe to yosemite national park i crossed through the park s gates for the first time and its mountain waterfalls and lush meadows left me in awe. Most visitors head directly to yosemite valley a 4 000 foot deep trough lined by sheer cliffs of glacially sculpted rock. This iconic viewpoint was created in 1933 and since then it has been the spot that welcomes visitors to the park when they arrive at the valley from the south entrance.
Did you know that california has 280 state parks. Yosemite not just a great valley but a shrine to human foresight the strength of granite the power of glaciers the persistence of life and the tranquility of the high sierra. It is known all over the world and has inspired thousands of artists over the last century.
Famous for its plunging cataracts and massive granite formations this unparalleled parkland attracts more than four million visitors each year with good reason. Together the national park service and california state parks are managing and restoring these lands for the inspiration enjoyment and education of all. First protected in 1864 yosemite national park is best known for its waterfalls but within its nearly 1 200 square miles you can find deep valleys grand meadows.
California is more than beaches hollywood and the san francisco bay but it took my first solo road trip to the state s interior to understand the wonder of california s diverse landscapes. Yosemite national park the nation s fifth most visited national park has taken on the qualities of an alien world as a 152 833 acre creek fire burns out of control 60 miles to the. Yosemite national park j oʊ ˈ s ɛ m ɪ t i yoh sem i tee is an american national park located in the western sierra nevada of central california bounded on the southeast by sierra national forest and on the northwest by stanislaus national forest the park is managed by the national park service and covers an area of 748 436 acres 1 169 sq mi.
If you love yosemite you will love our state parks too. With california menaced by fires and shrouded in smoke state and federal officials have now closed 30 state parks highway 1 south of big sur and all of the state s national forests. Tunnel view in yosemite national park is one of if not the best view in california.
For thousands of years people have lived in this verdant landscape. 3 029 km 2 and sits in four counties. From deserts beaches and mountains to redwoods you can see the best of california in these parks.
The park harbors a grand collection of waterfalls meadows and forests that include groves of giant sequoias the world s largest living things. Yosemite was california s first state park before it became a national park. Yosemite national park embraces a spectacular tract of mountain and valley scenery in the sierra nevada which was set aside as a national park in 1890.