Three wilderness areas are adjacent to Yosemite: the Ansel Adams Wilderness to the southeast, the Hoover Wilderness to the northeast, and the Emigrant Wilderness to the north. Yosemite is a great place for a family vacation or a scenic drive through the loveliest alpine meadow and California Mountains.
The park covers an area of 1,189 sq. mi (3,080 sq. km.) and contains thousands of lakes and ponds, 1,600 miles (2,600 km.) of streams, 800 miles (1,300 km.) of hiking trails, and 350 miles (560 km.) of roads.
Each year nearly 4 million people visit Yosemite National Park; most spend their time in the seven square mile (18 sq. km.) of Yosemite Valley. The Tunnel View is the first view of the valley for many visitors and is extensively photographed.
El Capitan, a prominent granite cliff that looms over Yosemite Valley, is one of the most popular rock climbing destinations in the world because of its diverse range of climbing routes in addition to its year-round accessibility. Granite domes such as Sentinel Dome and Half Dome rise 3,000 and 4,800 feet (910 and 1,500 m), respectively, above the valley floor.
The summer months are the busiest at Yosemite National Park, and the campgrounds are often full. There are a number of lodges and inns within the boundaries of the park, and also a great deal of lodging near Yosemite. The town of Groveland is just outside of the park, and has a number of places to stay. It is usually cheaper for lodging near the park compared to staying within the park.