Yosemite National Park

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Yosemite National Park, in California, is famed for its giant sequoias, granite cliffs, and waterfalls. With landmarks like El Capitan and Half Dome, it’s a mecca for climbers and nature lovers alike.

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Fast Facts

State(s): California
Area: 759,620 acres (3,074.1 sq km) – 16th largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Mount Lyell – 13,014 ft (3,966.67 m)
Lowest Elevation: Merced River – 2,105 ft (641.60 m)
Date Established: October 1, 1890
Annual Visitors: 3,667,550 visitors in 2022
Nearest Town: Mariposa, California

Recommended Day Hikes

Park Tracker considers a “day hike” to be a hike under 10 miles. Below we provide our top five recommendations inside the park, along with AllTrails links to the hikes.

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🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in Yosemite National Park.

  1. Marveling at iconic views from Glacier Point
  2. Rock climbing at El Capitan and Half Dome
  3. Joining ranger-led star-gazing events
  4. Horseback riding in the park’s valleys and meadows
  5. Photography of waterfalls, especially in spring

🛎️ Where to Stay Near Yosemite National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to Yosemite National Park.

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🍔 What to Eat Near Yosemite National Park

After hiking and exploring Yosemite National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

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