The Yosemite National Park is the third oldest national park in the United States of America and it was established as far back as 1890. It is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, in the east of the state of California, very close to the border with Nevada. Spending your holidays in Yosemite National Park will mean that you are in an amazing part of the state of California, one that has been furnished with UNESCO World Heritage recognition. The natural park looks to protect the geological and biological diversity of this region and this was even recognised by none-other than Abraham Lincoln in 1864.
Should you choose to spend your holidays in Yosemite National Park, you will be able to enjoy a wilderness and eco-system that is very hard to come by in other parts of the world today. People who are interested in geology will be fascinated by this region, what with the highest concentration of granite domes in the world and largest exposed monolith. Other activities to get involved in include lake swimming, sailing, hiking, nature walking, fly-fishing, golf, tennis, horse riding, mountain biking and abseiling.
There is so much to see in this awesome national park, much of which will be centred around the nature of the area. For a start, you can explore the Alpine wilderness and try to catch sight of the indigenous species of animals that are known to roam through the area. There are three areas where you will find the famous trees of North America - Giant Sequoias. For the most magnificent scenes on your holidays in Yosemite National Park, head for Yosemite Valley which has been carved from glaciers and where you will discover amazing rock formations and impressively-high waterfalls. For a total escape from such natural tranquillity, some of the nearby towns to consider include Carson City and Reno, across the border in Nevada, and Sacramento, Sonora and Fresno in California.
You should definitely bear in mind that your elevation above sea level will have a significant impact on the type of weather that can be expected. Within the park, this ranges by many thousands of feet. Typically, summers can be very hot, whilst winters are cold and quite snowy. In July and August, average temperatures will often rise well above 30 degrees Celsius. In January, the average maximum is 9 degrees, but this falls well below freezing at night.
The quickest and most convenient way of travelling to your self catering accommodation in Yosemite National Park would be to book your flights to San Francisco International Airport (SFO). This can be done through United Airways, British Airways or Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow (LHR). You could then hire a car to drive to the east of the state.