Few places in the world boast more diverse landscape and wildlife than Yosemite National Park. Spanning more than 5,700 acres of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, Yosemite is home to time-chiseled granite skyscrapers, icy glacial trails, serene mountain meadows and miraculous plummeting waterfalls. This remarkable park has played host to some of the greatest thinkers and leaders in history, each of whom trekked into the heart of Yosemite in search of a deeper experience with nature. They surely found it, and you will too when you escape to the wonders of Yosemite National Park.
The birth of preservation
Before the boom of industrialization in the west, only a small portion of the United States’ population was willing to make the journey across the Mississippi to explore the vast, untarnished lands of California. However, when gold was discovered in the hills of the Sierra Nevada, what was once pure quickly became threatened by humankind and greed. Mines were drilled, industries established and towns birthed, and thus came the need for preservation and protection. Enter John Muir, Thomas Ayers, Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt. This is the story of Yosemite National Park as the first great, natural sanctuary in the United States.
The mother of all parks
Join us as we take a closer look at the spectacular sights on display at Yosemite National. We’ll begin by walking you through a brief history of this incredible park, once hidden under thick sheets of ice and now enjoyed by more than 4 million visitors each year. You’ll then discover some of the breathtaking views that make Yosemite one of the most frequented stretches of land in the world, and learn about the countless activities available to climbers, hikers, skiers and fishermen. See why philosophers and adventurers alike crossed seas and mountains to reach the likes of El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, Mariposa Sequoia Grove and The High Country. In the words of John Muir, at Yosemite National National Park, you can “walk quietly in any direction and taste the freedom.” Are you ready to venture out?