Yosemite National Park
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Feel like a bit of everything on your holiday? Experience the beauty of nature, sleep under the stars, see seal pups, shoot the curls, reel in a winning catch, enjoy a picnic, learn something new, and discover California’s most famous State Park for yourself. Check our Cheap California Holidays, Cheap California Hotels and Cheap California Flights.
Attractions in Yosemite National Park
There are numerous hiking and biking trails traversing the park. A popular half-day hike takes you to dramatic Vernal Falls, plunging over 300 feet to an angular run through large granite boulders. Two miles along the same trail will bring you to Nevada Falls, a 600-foot waterfall of cooling mist. Day hikers usually retrace their steps back from here. Continuing on from this point, however, will eventually bring you to a junction where the famous John Muir trail runs on up into the high country through some of the most dramatic alpine scenery in the Sierra.
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Dining in Yosemite is truly whatever you desire. Whether you're seeking a quick meal, a boxed lunch for a hike, casual fare or award-winning dining of the highest caliber, you'll find it all within the Park. Yosemite even offers one-of-a-kind culinary events throughout the year. Many of the dining venues are open year-round for the convenience of our guests and many offer outdoor seating during the summer months. If the beautiful Yosemite landscape isn’t enough to lure you here, the impeccable dining should be.
Shopping in Yosemite National Park
After visiting a place like Yosemite, it's inevitable that you're going to need souvenirs to take back home. You can get some great gifts in the Ahwahnee Hotel's gift shop. The Yosemite Village general store is your basic supermarket and giant gift shop and it has some great presents. However, do not over look the Ansel Adams Gallery located next to the post office for some nice artwork.
Also, there are a few art galleries with some WONDERFUL Yosemite art and several gift shops in Oakhurst and Mariposa. If you plan to be in Oakhurst Memorial Day weekend (last Monday in May) or Labor Day weekend (first Monday in September) you can attend one of the largest antique and craft shows in the central valley in Oakhurst, the Peddlers Fair. This is a GIANT show.
Weather in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite has a Mediterranean climate, meaning most precipitation falls during the mild winter, and the other seasons are nearly dry (less than 3% of precipitation falls during the long, hot summers).Due to orographic lift, precipitation increases with elevation up to 8,000 feet (2,400 m) where it slowly decreases to the crest. Precipitation amounts vary from 36 inches (915 mm) at 4,000 feet (1,200 m) elevation to 50 inches (1,200 mm) at 8,600 feet (2,600 m). Snow does not typically stay on the ground until November in the high country. It accumulates all winter and into March or early April.
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