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A Tour of U.S. National Parks

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Yosemite National Park


Yosemite was established in east-central California in 1890, with Mount Lyell as its highest peak. The 1,200-square-mile wilderness park is best known for its waterfalls, deep valleys, rolling meadows, and giant sequoia trees. Yosemite's beauty attracts millions of visitors every year, creating the need for increased protection of its natural state. In the 1970s, the National Park Service began to encourage visitors to walk or use public transportation in the park. Cars were banned from areas of the park and public transportation was implemented in the valley.

Fun Fact: Almost 95% of Yosemite is designated wilderness, meaning Congress granted a special distinction for its protection from further development.

Photo source: Carol M. Highsmith

Next: Yellowstone National Park

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