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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 1 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 2016:

January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

April 16 to 24: National Park Week

August 25 to 28: National Park Service Birthday

September 24: National Public Lands Day

November 11: Veterans Day


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