Where is Yosemite National Park? If you’re curious about this, you might be wondering how to get there because you’re already planning on visiting California and want to make sure you don’t miss this wonder. It’s also possible you have it on your bucket list and didn’t know where it was at all. Many Americans can guess correctly that it’s in the United States, and even a great number know it’s in California. However, California is a big state in its own right. Also, to be fair, others might even guess Montana or Wyoming because they confuse Yosemite with Yellowstone.
To be more specific about where is Yosemite National Park, it is in the northern half of California, but much closer to the Nevada border than the Pacific Ocean. It sits in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Specific attractions that prove it so alluring a destination include its ancient and giant sequoia trees. If you can check out Tunnel View, the granite cliffsides of Half Dome and El Capitan, and the ever iconic vista of Bridalveil Fall and its towering glory.
Not all attractions are outdoors though, as you can also enjoy shop and restaurants. If you’d like to stay in the park overnight, there is also lodging available to some degree, although demand can be high in certain times of the year. Make sure to check out the Yosemite Museum while you’re there. The Ansel Adams Gallery is a good place for prints of the famous black-and-white landscape work done by this renown photographer around the area.
Driving into Yosemite National Park is how most people get there, although there are bus tours out of San Francisco and the Bay Area that head east to the park, just over three hours away. San Francisco, San Jose, and Sacramento are good places to fly into if you want to see wine country and Yosemite. You can also fly to Los Angeles and go north, but it’s more of a drive. If you’d like to work some gambling into your vacation, then you can also fly into Las Vegas in Nevada and head northwest or visit Reno before driving south.
To minimize your driving time or to have a base of operations not far from the park, check out the smaller city of Fresno for accommodations, flights, and rental cars. It’s easily the closest urban center to the park itself in terms of distance.
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