Yosemite Valley

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Yosemite Valley
This 8-mile-long, 1-mile-wide valley, sliced down the middle by the Merced River, is the heart of Yosemite National Park and by far the most-visited area. Of the three entrances to the valley, none affords a more spectacular first view than the Tunnel Overlook on Hwy. 41, where the panorama unfolds: The pine-clad floor valley floor gradually gives way to granite spires, with El Capitan and Bridalveil Falls in the foreground, and Half Dome shining in the distance. If you’re entering the valley in the summer/high season, you’ll have plenty of time to take in your surroundings as you get further into the valley – from the seat of your car, stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic. The valley is open all year, so do yourself a favor and time your visit during earlier spring, when the waterfalls are at their fullest, or fall, when the days are still warm, the nights just a bit chilly, and the crowds are, thankfully, nowhere to be found.
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Yosemite Valley, California, USA