This mossy, ferny realm, showcasing soaring old-growth trees more than 20 stories high some years old is so dark and wet it appears under water. John Muir, Yosemite in the modern era is still valued as a sacred space by the National Park Service and the people who enjoy visiting the park.
In this innermost realm, snowcapped mountains tower more than 7, ft, punctuated with 11 major rivers, waterfalls, flower-laden meadows and trout-filled lakes. You can also hop on a raft and admire the canyon from the bottom up; sleeping along the riverbank under the dark, starry sky will be an experience you never forget.
Denali, Alaska Only one road accesses six-million-acre Denali, a single, mostly unpaved, mile strip that opens up dramatic views of the subarctic wilderness — and perhaps offers the best chance to experience wildlife of any national park. Olympic, Washington Triply blessed with spellbinding ecosystems, Olympic amazes with an abundance of pristine beauty.
Half Dome rises 5, feet 1, meters above the valley floor and 8, feet 2, meters above sea level.
Cathedral Beach is a great place to get your feet wet or stare up at 3,foot 1, Great minds tussled over the issue, all with an eye on Niagara Falls which, at the turn of the s, was already ravaged by commercialism.