Millions of people visit here for the outstanding beauty, serenity, clear skies, and the freedom to climb the boulders, domes, and mountains, wade the creeks, swim and raft in the river, and feel the mist of the waterfalls on their skin. Yosemite Falls, one of the world’s tallest waterfalls, can be viewed up-close even by wheelchair. Easy hiking trails lead to magnificent sights like fissures cut a half mile deep into a promontory, mountains that come alive with the setting sun, close-up views of the rivers, and mirror images of Half Dome across a tiny lake.
The northern park area is peaceful and un-crowded. Summers (except at Hetch Hetchy) are about 20 degrees cooler than the southern park area. Both areas have amazing never-to-be-forgotten sights.
This section of the book includes: The southern and northern park areas with Hetch Hetchy (remote park area near the northern entrance), and towns and lakes outside the park like Oakhurst, Bass Lake, Saddlebag Lake, and more.
Note: Lodging, Eateries, Kid Faves, Wheelchair Activities, and a fact-filled Appendix are listed.