Our Most Favorite Park Yosemite

Timm standing on a cliff at Taft Point

Of all the parks we have visited—on this trip and in the 20 years we’ve been together when we’ve visited at least one national park per year—Yosemite National Park is our favorite.  We’ve been to Yosemite 3 times, and each visit has been magical.  Perhaps we love Yosemite best because it has just about everything one could want in a park: majestic mountains, broad glacier-carved valleys, deep blue lakes, rushing rivers, roaring waterfalls, massive granite monoliths, giant Sequoia trees, hundreds of miles of hiking trails, complete isolation in the backcountry, incredible views, and dizzying heights.  Even though the park protects over 760,000 acres in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, most visitors spend their time in the 7-square-mile Yosemite Valley.  On our visit in October, the weather was perfect, the waterfalls were only flowing lightly, and the park wasn’t too crowded.

The photo above shows me standing on a cliff 3,000 feet above the valley floor with the famous El Capitan granite monolith in the background.  For more photos and information, please check out our Yosemite photo tour.

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