Ten National Parks to See Before You Die

By CNTraveler.com - 2014-07-21T17:46:04Z

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Yosemite National Park

California

Yosemite offers spacious valleys, towering rock domes, crystalline rivers, thundering waterfalls, giant sequoias.

Size 1,169 square miles.

Crowds 3.2 million a year.

Huge Crowds Most visitors stay in seven-mile-long Yosemite Valley.

The Easy Hike Steep but short, the trail to Vernal Falls footbridge delivers Ansel Adams–worthy views.

The Easy Drive Tioga Road takes you 39 miles up to Tuolumne Meadows, a gentle valley amid peaks.

The Hardest Way Climb El Capitan.

The Smartest Way Hike 2.2 miles up Sentinel Dome for a 360° view.

Creature Feature Black bears, mule deer, and mountain lions are the star mammals.

P.S. Even the rangers have been seen carrying cameras in this park.

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