Yosemite National Park, in east-central California, is one of the premier members of the United States’ national park system. It is a wonderful example of the effects of glaciation on the landscape. Yosemite Valley, considered one of the most beautiful places on our planet, was carved by glaciers during the last ice age.
Most of the sights within the park are accessible from park roads in the valley. They include El Capitan, a giant slab of rock rising abruptly from the valley floor.
Another sheer cliff, visible from just about anywhere in the valley, is Half-Dome.
There are two spectacular waterfalls in the valley, bridal veil falls
and Yosemite Falls, tallest in the park and America’s tallest.
The entire valley can be seen from one of the park’s favorite viewpoints, known as Valley View.
Another fabulous observation spot is Washburn Point.
Two additional waterfalls can be seen in this view. One is called Nevada Falls
and the other is Vernal Falls..