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After visiting a bunch of amazing areas and national parks across America last summer, I really thought I had seen the best. Arches. Monument Valley. The Grand Canyon. What could possibly top those?

Well, Yosemite may have just blown all the other national parks I’ve seen out of the water. There’s a reason, I think, that so many people list this park as their favorite.

I usually reserve this full-size photo layout for my Photo of the Day posts. But Yosemite National Park is just so amazing and breathtaking, that I feel like this collection of photos deserves the full-size treatment.

I’ll be doing a later post covering the facts and tips associated with visiting Yosemite. But, for now, just enjoy the view.

Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park

Upper Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Falls

Royal Arches, Yosemite National Park

Royal Arches

El Capitan, Yosemite National Park

El Capitan

Valley View, Yosemite National Park

Valley View

Cathedral Rocks, Yosemite National Park

Cathedral Rocks

Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park

Tunnel View

Half Dome, Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park

Half Dome

Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park

Glacier Point

Half Dome, Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park

Half Dome from Glacier Point

Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park

Mariposa Grove (Giant Sequoias)

Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park

Giant Sequoias


Stay tuned for more on Yosemite next week!


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62 Responses to Photo Essay: Yosemite National Park

  1. Vi says:

    You had perfect weather for such amazing pictures.
    Vi recently posted..Weekly Travel Photo. Humpback whale at Bondi beach

  2. Alouise says:

    Beautiful photos. I’ll be honest I never really thought of travelling to Yosemite before, but these photos have definitely put Yosemite higher on my radar. I love the photo of the giant sequoia at Mariposa Grove.
    Alouise recently posted..Around Edmonton – Rutherford House

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Yosemite should absolutely be put on your list! It’s one of the most awe-inspiring places I’ve been in the U.S. so far!

  3. Jeremy says:

    Stunning photos! You must be loving that new(ish) camera of yours!
    Jeremy recently posted..Two Years on the Road: A Summation

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks, Jeremy! And yes, I am in LOVE with this camera!! It takes really great photos for its size.

  4. Ruth says:

    This is incredible. I don’t really have words to describe it. Shame on me because I haven’t visit this park.
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  5. Ava Apollo says:

    LOVE Yosemite! Beautiful photos.
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  6. Incredible pics!
    D.J. – The World of Deej recently posted..Disney’s Caribbean Beach – Good, Bad, & Ugly

  7. Beautiful pictures!!! The first one is just gorgeous!

    I am dying to visit Yosemite!! Next time I get to the US, it is definitely on my list! Have seen so many beautiful pictures from there this week…seems like everybody is Yosemite bound! :)
    Steph – DiscoveringIce.com recently posted..“The Experiment” – Travel, Work and Earn Money

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Yosemite is a great spring destination, so all those people headed there this time of year have got it right! Hopefully you’ll be able to visit someday, too!

  8. Lindsey says:

    When I cancelled my trip to America this year, Yosemite was one of the things I know I was going to be the most bummed about missing out on. Consequently, I know it’s going to be one of the first things I go to experience when I arrive next year! How long did you spend in the park?
    Lindsey recently posted..Being Locked Out, Locked In, and the Amazing People at the Sydney Writers’ Festival

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I had no idea it would be so amazing! We only spent 1 day there, but I’d definitely like to go back again and do some of the shorter hikes. Hopefully you’ll have an awesome visit next year!

  9. Man, I am so jealous! What beautiful weather and awesome photos. These are spectacular! I really do like all of them but if forced to choose I like the Valley view and Tunnel view. I really hate that I only pick two. These are awesome! I went hiking this past weekend but makes my hike look like a waste of time compared to these! :)
    Jeremy Branham recently posted..8 things to do in Kauai when you’re not lying on the beach

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks for such kind words, Jeremy! I think the Valley View photo may be my favorite… but it really is hard to choose! Hence why there are 12 huge photos in this post. Lol.

  10. Gorgeous pictures of an incredible park! We love visiting Yosemite but especially during Spring. It’s definitely the best time to visit and you look like you had the perfect weather. The tunnel view always takes my breath away no matter how many times we’ve visited. We’ve never made it to Glacier Point so these pictures are a treat. I’m glad you enjoyed your visit and looking forward to your posts.
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    • DangerousBiz says:

      I don’t think I’d go any other time of year, to be honest. We had perfect weather, but avoided the crowds by going a couple weeks before Memorial Day. And, because they had fairly light snowfall this year, we arrived at the best time of year for the waterfalls in the park!

      If you go back again, I highly recommend making your way up to Glacier View. It’s amazing!

  11. Dean says:

    Wow what a spectacular landscape. Great photos!
    Dean recently posted..Two Hours in Pisa, Italy

  12. Gaelyn says:

    It has been Way too long since visiting Yosemite so your excellent photos bring buried memories out of my brain file.
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  13. Arti says:

    Terrific captures! Would surely love to see such beauty in person someday! Till then, your photos are the best thing to satiate my travel cravings :)
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  14. I like the last photo. Yosemite is high on my list of places to visit in the US.
    Stephanie – The Travel Chica recently posted..Eating My Way Through BA Part 5: Cubierto is Mala Onda

  15. Leigh says:

    A beautiful set of photos. I’d love to get into the backcountry of Yosemite one September once the bulk of the tourists have gone home.
    Leigh recently posted..What Summer Looks Like on Prince Edward Island

    • DangerousBiz says:

      The best times to visit are definitely spring and fall, when the park isn’t so crowded. I’m SO glad I went when I did!

  16. Sam says:

    Yosemite does offer some amazing landscapes, I really like the shots you got from up high, like Half Dome from Glacier Point
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    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks, Sam! Glacier Point was amazing for photos. I still kind of can’t believe I took some of these!

  17. Tonya says:

    If you think this is beautiful check out Glacier National Park. Other favorite parks I would suggest are Zion National Park and Yellowstone/Grand Teton National Parks. I haven’t been to Yosemite yet, but it’s on my list. :)

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I would like to visit all those parks you’ve listed! And I will, eventually. Slowly making my way through all the U.S. national parks!

  18. Ele says:

    These are some fantastic photos. I wish I could visit this place myself one day. Unfortunately, flights of such distance are expensive. :-(
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  19. Barbara says:

    Wonderful! It took me back! I was in Yosemite just recently and I didn’t realize that Ansel Adams and a whole crew of photographers actually used Yosemite as a place of great political activism — for the environment as well as humans rights!
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  20. These photos totally took my breath away, amaaaazing!!!
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  21. We drove through Yosemite for a few hours years ago — I can’t believe we didn’t stay longer! We only got to see some of these views from the main road, but I would have loved to go hiking or search out a mountain top vista. :) Lovely photos, as always!!
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  22. Andrea says:

    Gorgeous! I think making those photos full size was the right decision :)
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  23. Laurence says:

    Wow wow and wow. I wasn’t able to make it to Yosemite when I was in the US because of the snow, but these photos so make me want to get there as soon as I can! What a fabulous set of photos!
    Laurence recently posted..That time I was shipwrecked

  24. Wez says:

    Wow, these are some amazing photos. I think my favourite is the tunnel view one :)
    Every time I see photos like this of Yosemite it makes me want to go more and more. Keep up the good work, and hopefully I will get out there one day ;)
    Wez recently posted..18 Adventurous days with Intrepid Travel

  25. Lauren says:

    Wow, Amanda! These photos are incredible! Damn, I really want to go now.
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  26. HLim says:

    These are great shots of some amazing landscapes! Have you been to Zion NP? You will get the same majestic sweeping vistas that just takes your breath away.

  27. Gorgeous photos! This is the second place I wish I hadn’t missed on my trip to the States (the first being Yellowstone). Your photos definitely make me want to go back to California to visit Yosemite.
    Ayelet – All Colores recently posted..On My Bucket List: A Dream Birthday Trip to the North Pole

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks! Yellowstone is high up on my list, as well. Though I have a funny feeling Yosemite is going to end up being my favorite!

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  29. Laura says:

    The Glacier Point photo is absolutely gorgeous. Such great views!
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