The United States is home to some of the most remarkable national parks filled with interesting topography, wildlife, and history dating back thousands of years. There are 50 states to explore including Alaska and Hawaii, leaving an endless amount of trails and landmarks to explore. The National Park Association protects these parks, so we can continue to enjoy them for years to come.
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Yosemite National Park (California)
Yosemite National Park is a majestic and iconic playground for hikers. It is home to glaciers, ancient sequoias, waterfalls and incredible panoramic views. You will certainly not be disappointed when visiting this World Heritage Site. Yosemite’s international recognition brings over four million people each year to see the park in all its glory. Explore over 800 miles of trails and embark on a leisurely nature walk or a lengthy backpacking trip.
The best time to visit Yosemite depends on what experience you are looking for. Generally, springtime is best to avoid the crowds. May and June are ideal if you are looking to see the picturesque waterfalls. July and August are perfect for hiking or backpacking in the High Sierra.
The most common hike is the Half Dome via the Mist Trail in Yosemite Valley. A 14.2 mile-round trip hike that is moderate to difficult. Another well-known hike is the Four Mile Trail, 9.6 miles but difficult. Yosemite Falls is one of the oldest trails that leads to the top of the waterfall. It is about 8 miles round trip and is difficult. Some other popular trails include the Panorama and Pohono Trail.