The Yosemite Valley in California is home to the Yosemite National Park, one of the most popular national parks in the entire country. According to the most recent statistics, the park receives more than 4 million visitors each year.
The park is made up of deep valleys, expansive wilderness areas, high rock walls, a plethora of flora and fauna, numerous trails, rivers and waterfalls among others. These attractions, in addition to the many fun and educational activities on offer work to attract visitors from all age groups and all walks of life.
Use the tips below to ensure that you make the most out of your visit to Yosemite National Park California.
Timing Your Visit
As previously stated above, the Yosemite is one of the most popular parks in the whole country; this means that it is often crowded with excited visitors each day. To ensure that you avoid the crowds, traffic and trouble finding a parking spot, it’s recommended that you time your visit appropriately.
Visit early in the morning, or late evening to steer clear of huge crowds and frustrating traffic jams in and around the park. You can also consider visiting in the winter, when the crowds are smaller, and winter related activities are on offer.
To ensure that you remain focused on having fun and exploring everything that the park has to offer, it’s recommended that you consider using public transportation. You can avoid spending your time looking for parking spots or even being tied up in traffic by choosing to use the park’s free shuttle service. The service is designed to take visitors around the park efficiently.
Since the buses use the bus lane, they also help users avoid the inconvenience of being stuck in traffic with regular drivers.
Bears Are Not Your Only Concern
Yosemite National Park is known for its bear population; there are 20 bears in the park. Although the cases of direct contact between bears and humans are on the decline, it’s important that you follow the guidelines provided by the park service to avoid drawing the attention of one of these scary animals.
Since the park is also home to a huge variety of other animals, don’t be so caught up with avoiding bears that you forget to guard against other animals such as wild deer and squirrels.
With the above tips in mind, you will be able to appropriately plan your visit to Yosemite National Park California; and with it, ensure an unforgettable experience.
Photo by russellstreet
Photo by Bianca Alberola
Photo by lfarhadi