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Yosemite National Park

Top 10 US National Parks

California's picturesque Yosemite National Park, one of GAYOT's Top 10 U.S. National Parks, was made famous by photographer Ansel Adams who captured the park's grandeur on film in the early 20th century


Take in the View at Yosemite National Park

The indelible images of Yosemite National Park made famous by the photographer Ansel Adams in the early 20th century still pale in comparison to the real thing. A half-day’s drive from both San Francisco and Los Angeles, Yosemite cuts a wide swath through the Central Sierra Nevada, characterized by grand views, hidden waterfalls, glacial lakes and boulder fields. A backpacker's paradise and a rock climber's mecca, the park offers innumerable options for adventurers and casual naturalists alike. Yosemite Valley, home to iconic features such as Half Dome and El Capitan, covers less than one percent of the park but is the most widely visited. Accommodations range from basic campsites to the grand Château du Sureau (located outside the park) to a National Historic Landmark, The Ahwahnee.

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U.S. National Parks' Fee-Free Days in 2015:

January 19: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February 14 to 16: Presidents Day weekend

April 18 to 19: Opening Weekend of National Park Week

August 25: National Park Service Birthday

September 26: National Public Lands Day

November 11: Veterans Day


The Grand Prize Winner of the "Share the Experience" 2014 contest - Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

"Share the Experience" 2014 Contest Winners
See the winning photos that capture the beauty of America's national parks and public lands. "Share the Experience" invites amateur photographers to submit their best work in hopes of having it featured on the annual Federal Recreational Lands Pass. The 2014 winners have been announced and submissions are currently being accepted for the 2015 contest.

View the winning images and submit your own

San Juan Island in Washington is a fantastic destination for whale watching, kayaking and camping

San Juan Island National Historical Park
Located off the Washington coast roughly equidistant from Seattle and Vancouver, the San Juan Islands are full of natural and historic charm.

Learn more about this hidden gem of the Northwest

Machu Picchu in Peru, one of GAYOT's Top 10 Must-See Travel Destinations

Top 10 Must-See Travel Destinations
Pack your bags! From China to Antarctica, we've whittled down a "bucket list" of 10 of the world's most magnificent wonders.

Take off on the adventure of a lifetime

Photo Courtesy of DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite
Article written by Lauren Herstik


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