See Yosemite despite the shutdown
First protected in 1864, Yosemite National Park spans nearly 1,200 square miles (3,100 square kilometers) of deep granite gorges with hidden giant sequoia groves, steep waterfalls, jewel-like lakes and alpine meadows. This virtual tour hits the highlights of the amazing wilderness.
From the smooth face of Half Dome to the sharp teeth of Cathedral Peak, glacier-carved granite defines Yosemite National Park. Remnants of these massive glaciers remain at Mounts Maclure and Lyell within the park.
Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in North America, measuring 2,425 feet (739 meters). The two-step drop can be seen up close thanks to easy trails leading from Yosemite Valley.
There are three giant sequoia groves along Yosemite's western boundary. The famed Grizzly Giant sequoia in the Mariposa Grove is about 1,800 years old.
The clear waters of Tenaya Lake drain into Yosemite Valley. The lake's deep basin was carved by glaciers, which also smoothed the steep granite walls looming over the lake.
A National Historic Landmark, the Ahwanee Hotel was built in 1927. The rustic-style lodge looks like it's sheathed in redwood, but it's actually red-stained concrete, meant to withstand forest fires.
Scenic Tuolumne Meadows is a popular stop for drivers crossing the Sierra Nevada on Tioga Road. Wildflowers festoon the high-country meadow, at an elevation of 8,619 feet (2,627 meters) during the short summer season.