Welcome to our Scenic Wonder Series. We are kicking off this series with one of the most majestic natural attractions in the world: Yosemite National Park.
Being the over-ambitious travel bugs that we are, of course we want to see it all. However, with approximately 1,200 square miles to cover, planning a visit to Yosemite can be a daunting task. We were fortunate enough to have amazing friends who guided us through this process and would love to pass the kindness forward.
Here are our picks for the must-see sights in Yosemite National Park. We hope it will ease the planning of your next visit.
1. Tunnel View
This is the easiest way to access the magnificent views of the valley. For family with young children, this is a must stop. Simply drive through the tunnel, park your car, and TADA! The most amazing view right in front of your eyes with no hiking involved!
2. Yosemite Valley
This photo of the valley is taken in front of the parking area of the west entrance (right after the tunnel). Here you can see many of the iconic landmarks of Yosemite National Park, including the famous rock formations and waterfalls.
3. Cathedral Rocks
The Higher, Middle, and Lower Cathedral Rocks can be seen from the turnout at the El Capitan Meadow. The majestic Bridalveil Falls flow between Cathedral Rocks on the left and Leaning Tower on the right.
4. Bridalveil Falls
After a short drive from the tunnel view, you will arrive at the Bridalveil Falls, one of the most stunning waterfalls of the valley. To get a closer look of the Bridalveil Falls, simply park your car, and take a short (less than 5 minutes) walk on a paved trail that leads to the base of the waterfall.
5. Bridalveil Creek
To get to Bridalveil Falls, you will pass this creek, where the water from the falls flows into the watershed as you can see. Bridalveil Creek reminds me very much of one of our favorite TV shows, “Little House of the Prairie.”
6. El Capitan
A simply stunning vertical granite formation on the north side of Yosemite valley. Fun Fact: A legendary rock climber, Alex Honnold, once shocked the world by reaching the peak without the use of ropes!
7. Sentinel Rock
A gigantic, dark, rock formation on the south side of Yosemite valley. We could not resist adding a vignette filter to emphasize the dramatic appearance of this formation.
8. Half Dome
Named for the distinct shape of a dome cut in half. The look of this formation reminds me of the Blue Steel look of Derek Zoolander.
9. Yosemite Falls
The highest waterfall in Yosemite. It consists of three sessions, Upper Yosemite Falls, Middle Cascades, and Lower Yosemite Falls.
10. Sunset at Yosemite National Park
By the time we drove down the mountain, we were graced with this radiant sunset.
A promise from an awe-inspiring Creator that no matter what life throws at us, the opportunity to end the day beautifully is always within reach.