Yosemite National Park is a crown jewel of the Sierra Nevada. The park is very popular among casual visitors, nature lovers, hikers, and backpackers. The annual number of visitors in 2015 according to the National Park Services Statistics was in fact the highest the park ever received, reaching 4.15 million visitors, in its history. More than a half of Yosemite’s annual visitors flock to the park from June to September, mostly to visit Yosemite Valley. To avoid crowd, ones only have to go a bit higher in the elevation or escape to other parts of the park.
The Yosemite Valley, despite its rare solitude, is full of awe-inspiring sceneries. The high wall of granite mountains and famous waterfalls are mesmerizing. The valley’s streams and meadows are wonderful and charming. In our first trip to Yosemite, we slept in a soft-sided tent in one of the park’s campgrounds. We hiked a memorable Panorama Trail from Glacier Point down to the valley floor. It was a short visit to the park but one that cemented my love for national parks. Even after we relocated to the east coast, we planned our visit to many other national parks whenever time away from work allowed. Now that our plan is to move back to the west soon and to become full-time RVers, we will have more time to explore more of Yosemite.