One of America’s greatest treasures is its National Park system. Today there are nearly 400 national parks in every state in the Union except Delaware.
So join us as we end our countdown to Independence Day 2008 and our look at our top ten national parks. Why not visit one of them this 4th of July to truly experience America?
Yosemite Valley National Park, California
One of the first wilderness parks in the United States, Yosemite Valley National Park covers 1,200 square miles of mountainous terrain in California’s Sierra Nevada. Best known for its waterfalls, Yosemite also boasts a rich topographical terrain of valleys, meadows and ancient giant sequoias.
Yosemite is open year-round, although during the winter months (November – May), some areas are inaccessible by car due to snow. If you’re planning an Independence Day visit, expect average temperatures in the mid to high 80s with occasional afternoon thundershowers.
Most of Yosemite’s waterfalls come from melted snow in the high country, which means that by July, flow will be low. You’ll still be able to enjoy plenty of blooming wildflowers, though, including elephant’s heads, gentian and shooting stars.
Entrance Fees: $20 per private car, which is good for one week.
For more information: Visit www.yosemite.com or call Yosemite Visitor Information at (209) 372-0200.
In case you missed any of our Top 10 National Parks check out our Top 10 list here.