Aug 25th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Travel

America’s Natural Beauty Entices Seniors

I recall once in California asking a bus drive what the most beautiful part of the state was.  He responded and said without question… it is Yosemite.  I have always wanted to visit Yosemite and one day I will.  Seniors, if you have traveled the United States, maybe you have already been there, but if not, let me take you there via this blog.

It is said that Yosemite National Park is arguably one of the most beautiful areas in the United States. With an abundance of nature and wildlife reserves, the park transports senior visitors into a completely different world. It is home to many different animal species that are well taken care of. Several camping and trekking options makes this park a favorite among campers and hikers who throng there every year.

Presently record snowfall has boosted the Yosemite waterfalls. This means that at the peak melt around mid-June, seniors visitors will experience more treacherous beauty here than even travel brochures promise.  When you make a turn and view the entire 2,435 foot drop, you will find it breathtaking.

Yosemite National Park spans the eastern portions of three counties in east central California. The park covers an area of 761,268 acres and reaches across the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain chain. Over 3.7 million people visit Yosemite each year, most of whom spend their time in the seven square miles  of Yosemite Valley.  Designated a World Heritage site in 1984, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear steams, Giant Sequoia groves, and biological diversity. Almost 95% of the park is designated wilderness.  As I recall the park officials have had to limit the number of visitors each day as it is such a popular retreat. It takes approximately 4 hours to drive to the park from San Francisco, approximately 6 hours from LA.

Seniors Find Breathtaking Natural Splendor in Yosemite

Located in Central California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range, Yosemite National Park encompasses an incredible 1,170 square miles of breathtaking natural splendor.   Ranging in altitude from 2,000 feet to more than 13,000 feet above sea level, it’s hard to believe that Yosemite is just hours from bustling cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and Reno. Though the pristine environment of Yosemite is passionately protected, the Park offers a host of year-round conveniences and guest services so that visitors can make the most of their experience while still observing a respect for the park.

Record Sierra snowfall over the winter now means record snowmelt as temperatures rise, swelling Yosemite National Park’s iconic waterfalls, streams and rivers to their most turbulent level in years. Yosemite Falls, the nation’s tallest, is spewing enough water to fill a gasoline tanker truck every two seconds. The force of water at Bridalveil Fall across the valley kicks up a mist that clouds the meadow below. It’s a dangerous beauty both in its force and in the allure that draws some people near. Rangers warn visitors to keep a safe distance and to be mindful the water makes granite boulders slippery.

Yosemite National Park covers a huge area of the western Sierra Nevada Mountains in central California and has innumerable lakes, meadows, forests and granite summits with endless unspoiled alpine scenery. At the center is Yosemite Valley, a half-mile deep depression carved by glaciers during the last ice age, which now has soaring 3,000 foot high domes and many powerful waterfalls, including three of the world’s highest.  Heard enough? Do take in Yosemite. You will not be bored.  Being a World Heritage Site is enough for me as you know of my interest in all such sites. This site will help you with all your planning. Enjoy, especially those falls and granite walls!  jeb

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