Visitors light up as they step off tour buses at Tunnel View and see Yosemite Valley for the first time. Half Dome and El Capitan, those towering walls of granite, demand attention. From miles away, visitors can watch water pour from Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Fall. The Merced River and the meadows provide a peaceful retreat.
“It’s a park that captures the wonder of the world, that changes you by being there,” President Barack Obama said during a visit to Yosemite in June. “There’s something sacred about this place.”