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Hike, Camp and More in Yosemite National Park

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Summer is a great time to take advantage of our national parks and monuments. Many offer free or low-cost admissions and programs perfect for families. So this summer we will be featuring one of our country’s public lands every week and highlighting things you and your family can do there.

Yosemite National Park

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Image description: People have been camping in Yosemite National Park since the 1800s. Photo from the National Park Service.

World-renowned photographer Ansel Adams captured some of the nation’s best sights and scenery in his lifetime of work as a nature photographer. In the words of President Jimmy Carter, Adams was “drawn to the beauty of nature’s monuments” - and he found no greater inspiration than Yosemite National Park.

Adams, though perhaps one of the most well-known and artistic, is far from the only person to find success and happiness within the boundaries of Yosemite National Park. Thousands of visitors have visited the 1,200 square miles of national park since its protection in 1864, hiking miles of trail, capturing one of its many scenic cliff faces on film, laying down in a meadow, or camping in the middle of the valley.

Although the park may be most known for its picturesque waterfalls, there are a plethora of activities available for visitors to explore and experience:

Before traveling, check the current conditions in the park and read up on its illustrious history.