15 Reasons to Visit Yosemite

1. The light

Morning light at Yosemite
Budd Creek Sunset, Tuolumne Meadows. Steve Dunleavy/Flickr

2. The reflections

Yosemite reflection
Dawn, Seavey Pass. (Photo:.

Steve Dunleavy/Flickr)

3. The bears

Yosemite bear

Don Quintana/Flickr

4. The waterfalls

Yosemite waterfall
Horsetail Falls. Mike Overall/Flickr

5. The hikes

Yosemite hikes
Kai Schreiber/Flickr

6. The colors

Yosemite colors at Merced River
Merced River, Little Yosemite Valley. (Photo:.

Steve Dunleavy/Flickr)

7. The seasons

Seasons of Yosemite
Vincent Lock/Flickr

8. The birds

Birds at Yosemite
Steller's jay. Anita Ritenour/Flickr

9. The drives

Driving at Yosemite
The last switchback before Glacier Point. Dawn Endico/Flickr

10. The stars

Stargazing at Yosemite
Milky Way at Tunnel View. Snooked123/Flickr

11. The challenges

Half Dome cables. Steve Dunleavy/Flickr

12. The wildflowers

Wildflowers at Yosemite
Dawn Ellner/Flickr

13. The sunsets

Sunset at Yosemite
Sunset, Lyell Canyon. Steve Dunleavy/Flickr

14. The critters

Marmots at Yosemite
Marmots atTuolumne Meadows.  

Dawn Ellner/Flickr)

15. The serenity

Serenity at Yosemite
Tunnel View. Vicent Lock/Flickr

This is part of Explore America's Parks, a series of user's guides to national, state and local park systems across the United States.