Embrace a remarkable tract of mountain-and-valley scenery in the Sierra Nevada, with over 20 waterfalls, a variety of challenging day hikes, family-friendly trails, and spectacular views — it’s no wonder Yosemite National Park ranked No. 1 in our “All 59 National Parks Ranked” list.
It’s the perfect park to visit solo or with your loved ones. View Yosemite Falls, one of the world’s tallest waterfalls, standing at 2,425 feet; go rock climbing on the Lembert Dome, a granite dome rock formation; and even go BASE jumping at El Capitan.
Some of the best trails in Yosemite include the Half Dome Trail, Glacier Point Trail, Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls Trails, and the Mirror Lake Trail.
You will want to bring your camera and take tons of pictures, as the scenery and wildlife are incredible. View over 400 species of vertebrates — even mountain lions and bears. Also capture the stunning natural sights — meadows, forests, mountain peaks, and groves of giant sequoias — that are accessible throughout the entire park.