California has a lot to offer. From the sprawling cities of the Pacific coast, to the cool and serene atmosphere of the Bay area, it’s clear that the Golden State has all the bases covered. Aside from man-made wonders, California also pulls its weight when it comes to national wonders.
Yosemite National Park is a vast expanse of more than 750,000 acres of breath-taking rock formations, lush greenery, water falls and other inspiring sights. It is found largely Mariposa and Tuolumne counties – a perfect detour for people passing through Fresno or Sacramento. The elevation is highly variable throughout the entire park. In some areas, the ground is 2,000 feet above see level. In other places, the number soars to over 13,000 feet. The dramatic land features are said to be the effects of glacial thawing that happened millions of years ago. As the ice melted, it carved the millions year old rock revealing the majestic slopes, cliffs and chasms that we see now.
To get to Yosemite during the winter, cars and buses are usually fitted with chains to help grip the already icy and potentially slippery road. The chains are available at the gate so no need to buy your own *snark*. If you ask me, it’s a lot better if you visit during the winter, the shimmery snow does lend a good glow to the entire park. I’m sure though that having it in pure spring bloom would be a good sight as well.
Aside from the landscape, the park also offers a vast array of rare animal and plants that could only be seen in the park. There’s something for everyone in Yosemite! Why don’t you hop on your car and drive up to the park? 🙂