The profile of Yosemite's famous Half Dome as seen from Glacier Point.

Picking the Best Sights for One Day in Yosemite

It’s not ideal to spend only one day in Yosemite, but if that’s the way your vacation is scheduled, you’ll need to make the most of your time. Ann Marie Brown shares advice to make sure you experience the park’s best sights.

The bare stone of Lembert Dome is lit by alpenglow and reflected in a lake.

Discover Yosemite National Park

Plunging waterfalls, stark granite, alpine lakes, pristine meadows, giant sequoia trees, and raging rivers—you’ll find them all in Yosemite National Park. At 1,169 square miles and 750,000 acres, the park is nearly the size of Rhode Island and one of the most popular national parks in the United States, visited by more than 3.5 million people each year.

The exposed rock and scattered trees of Sentinel dome.

Getting Fit for Treks in Yosemite and Elsewhere, Part 1

The natural world provides geographical challenges that ensure some of the most exciting, inexpensive ways for travelers to get into shape and prepare for a variety of adventures. Laura Martone introduces readers to a fitness plan that will get them ready to get outdoors.

Moon Yosemite & Mammoth Lakes Camping & Hiking

California residents Tom Stienstra and Ann Marie Brown extend travelers their firsthand advice on how to find the best places to camp and hike in this vast region, from the pristine meadows and towering granite formations of Yosemite Valley to the alpine waters of the Mammoth Lakes area. Along with their in-depth coverage, Stienstra and […]

Cross-country skiing amidst trees heavy with snow.

Winter in the National Parks, Part 2

One of the best times to visit one of the US National Parks is during the winter. The crowds are lighter, the scenery is as beautiful as always, and there are typically good deals to be found on accommodations.