Yosemite has always been on my bucket list, but once we moved to California I knew we had to take a road trip there. As soon as we arrived, I wondered why it has taken me this long visit this beautiful place. Here are five reasons you should visit Yosemite asap!
1. THE WATERFALLS
Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in North America. There are three sections to the falls, which make it extra spectacular. Also, did you know there are twenty-one waterfalls in the valley? They are beautiful all times of year, but especially in the spring as the snow begins to melt off the mountains.
2. PET FRIENDLY
Not all national parks are open to dogs due to the wild life and ecosystems that reside in them, however Yosemite is surprisingly accommodating. Read more about where your furry friends can and cannot go in the park here!
The cost to get into the park is between $15-30 dollars depending on the time of year and the vehicle you drive. You can also camp in and around the park for a very cheap price. I would recommend staying in the park if your plans allow.
There are a lot of great trails at varying levels in Yosemite. We did a few of the beginner paths with our dog and had a lot of fun. If you are a more experience hiker and have the right gear, I have heard amazing things about hiking the Half Dome. Read more about the trails that you can try here.
4. THE STARS
If you live in a city or anywhere that has light pollution, you are missing out. At Yosemite, the stars are so bright on a clear night. Also, if the moon is out, it looks almost like it is daytime it is so bright.
The are some amazing mountains peaks in Yosemite, even if you are not ready to hike them, they create beautiful scenery and, as some say, add a "cathedral" quality to the valley.
If you love nature and are looking for an excursion that is easy for the whole family to enjoy, I would highly recommend Yosemite. It is particularly wonderful if you can go during the off-season in the spring or fall. We visited in April and there were little to no lines and we always found parking, which I have heard in the summer is not the case.