El Capitan and the Merced River at Yosemite National Park in California • photo: Jeremy Woodhouse on http://www.gettyimages.ca/detail/photo/california-yosemite-national-park-el-capitan-and-royalty-free-image/AA007500
One of the first parks in the National Park Service, California's Yosemite is a World Heritage site. Its most famous scenery includes mountain peaks like Half Dome and El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, giant sequoias, and sub-alpine lakes. Adventure travel expert Matt Villano recommends Hetch Hetchy, an uncrowded area in the park’s northwest corner, for unparalleled hiking.
Half Dome from Sentinel Bridge, Yosemite. An all-time favorite vacation spot for my family, this national park is filled with memories from my childhood, including hiking, playing in the snow right next to deer, skiing and much more.
The Mist Trail is one of the most popular short hikes in Yosemite National Park. The hike follows the Merced River, starting at Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley, past Vernal Fall, Emerald Pool, to Nevada Fall.
Yosemite National Park is set within California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. It’s famed for its giant, ancient sequoias, and for Tunnel View, the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil Fall and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome. www.HotelDealChecker.com