Yosemite National Park, on the eastern border of central California, comprises 1,169 square miles that include towering sequoias, huge granite boulders, cascading waterfalls, hidden lakes, and unspoiled forest. This area affords families truly breathtaking scenery and myriad ways to enjoy it. Although the park is open all year, summer attracts the most tourists: some four million. If you visit then, expect crowds, traffic, and difficulty in finding lodging (unless you’ve booked well in advance). The 7-mile stretch of the Yosemite Valley, the most frequented section of the park, is eye-catching any time of the year. If possible, visit in the off-season; however, summer is the only time you can be guaranteed passage into the eastern high country, which is often snowed in from late autumn until late spring. This eTrail is one complete vacation written with families in mind. It’s loaded with exciting things to do, family-friendly places to lodge and dine, recommended side trips, local sources of information, and detailed travel directions.
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