Although Yosemite National Park measures 1,200 square miles, most visitors only visit Yosemite Valley, which represents only one percent of the park area. The Tunnel View is a must see. El Capitan is a prominent granite cliff that looms over Yosemite Valley, is one of the most popular rock climbing destinations because of its year-round accessibility. Granite domes such as Sentinel Dome and Half Dome rise 3,000 and 4,800 feet respectively above the valley floor.
The high country of Yosemite contains beautiful areas such as Tuomumne Meadows, Dana Meadows, the Clark Range, the Cathedral Range, and the Kuna Cres.
The park has three groves of ancient Giant Sequoia trees; the Mariposa Grove (200 trees), the Tuolumne Grove (25 trees), and the Merced Grove (20 trees). This species grows larger in volume than any other and is one of the tallest and longest lived. PLEASE NOTE: The Mariposa Grove is closed for restoration until the fall of 2017. An alternative is the Nelder Grove located outside of Yosemite Park in the Sierra National Forest, fairly close to the south entrance of the park. It has 106 Giant Sequoias.