Yosemite National Park Guide

Yosemite National Park is one of the most famous national parks in the United States for a reason. The rock formations such as the sheer-faced El Capitan and the dramatic Half-Dome are truly awe-inspiring.

There are also several spectacular waterfalls including the Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls and the smaller, but no less incredible, falls along the Mist Trail. You can easily spend your time on the Yosemite Valley floor gazing up and around you, but if you want to get closer to the action, there are hiking trails for all levels of experience and fitness.

Yosemite National Park Travel Guide

Yosemite National Park at a glance

  • State: California
  • Main attractions: Incredible rock formations; waterfalls
  • Best time to go: Mid-late spring when the waterfalls are at their peak but crowds are not
  • Hotels/ Airbnbs: Inside the park, Yellowstone West
  • Campgrounds: Inside and near the park
  • Dining: Inside the park, Yellowstone West
  • Shuttle: Yes, around Yosemite Valley

Yosemite National Park Guide

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About the Author 

James Ian Yosemite

James Ian is a national park, camping and hiking expert.

He has dedicated his life to travel, visiting more than 80 countries, all 7 continents and all of the main national parks in the United States. With over 35 years experience in the travel industry, James has worked on cruise ships, at resorts and hotels, and as a travel planner who’s helped hundreds of people plan successful trips to US national parks. 

Based on his experience visiting our national parks multiple times, in-depth research and expertise as a travel planner, James has published detailed itineraries for most of the major national parks in the US. These itineraries, as well as in-depth park guides, comprehensive camping and hiking gear reviews and buying guides, and helpful packing lists and gift guides will help you have your own incredible trip to US national parks without stress and hassle.

As a national park expert, James has contributed to many publications, including Time Business News, Savoteur, Best Trip, and Wired.

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