This coming year, Yosemite National Park will celebrate the 150th anniversary of The Yosemite Grant Act, which established Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove as the first protected wild land in the United States. With its nearly 1,200 square miles, the crown jewel of the National Parks system offers unparalleled outdoor experiences year-round. Though the park has weathered many storms in its 150 years, it is thriving and open for business. Regardless of which gateway you enter - Lee Vining, Oakhurst, Bodie, or Groveland - there' something for everyone. For great events and activities celebrating the anniversary, please visit: http://www.nps.gov/yose/anniversary .
Yosemite’s endearing spirit is indicative of California’s High Sierra region’s awe-inspiring scenery, from other breathtaking national parks like King’s Canyon and Sequoia to majestic peaks surrounding Mammoth Lakes, with its fishing, hiking, biking, and more. Travel farther north to beautiful Lake Tahoe, surrounded by world-famous ski resorts with legendary snow in winter and arts, music, and festivals in summer. The options for outdoor activity in the Golden State are endless.