Yosemite National Park offers a feast for the senses: the sight of soaring granite walls defining the valley, the sounds of rushing water, the smell of lush meadows and forests, the touch of mist on your face as you stand near the base of a thundering waterfall. The landscape here inspired the writer John Muir and photographer Ansel Adams. It continues to inspire millions of visitors each year.
Yosemite National Park is deservedly famous for its waterfalls that bring the snowmelt of the Sierra Nevada Mountains cascading down to the valley floor. It is an easy stroll to the base of some of them. It’s just a half-mile roundtrip to Bridalveil Fall, where bringing a rain jacket isn’t a bad idea. It’s a little longer walk to get to Lower Yosemite Fall.There are 1,450 kinds of wildflower in the park, including scarlet monkeyflower, meadow penstemon, subalpine paintbrush, Sierra butterweed and Gray’s lupine.