From the peak of El Capitan to the cascading Vernal Falls to the giants of the Mariposa Grove to views of the Yosemite Valley, there is nothing as breathtakingly American as the natural beauty of Yosemite National Park. While it was only the third park to earn such a designation, it was Yosemite that first inspired the idea of a national park, the concept that some parts of America should be preserved for future generations to admire and learn from. This diverse landscape has humbled everyone from mountain men to presidents and draws visitors from the world over to partake in its magnificent scenery. The journey of Yosemite from a backwoods wilderness to a modern-day tourist attraction is a uniquely American one and embodies the spirit of the national parks and why we preserve them.
Perhaps one of the most famous of all the American national parks, Yosemite will be celebrating its 125th birthday beginning in October 2015. Even so, a mere quasquicentennial is just a blink of an eye in the history of this remarkable land. Visitors here can explore ancient places and learn about the people and animals that have long called it home. As John Muir once described it, Yosemite is full of God’s thoughts, a place of peace and safety amid the most exalted grandeur and enthusiastic action, a new song, a place of beginnings.
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