10) Yosemite National Park
With 1,200 square miles of forests, cliffs, valleys, mountains, and waterfalls, Yosemite National park is a humbling and awe-inspiring part of the country. Visit in June and witness the wildflowers in bloom and waterfalls at their peak flow. Yosemite Falls is particularly impressive during this time. Yosemite Valley is a stunning drive marked with tall cliffs on either side and waterfalls throughout. Glacier Point provides endless views of the Valley, Half Dome, and Yosemite Falls. Hike the trails for some stellar photo opportunities and birdwatching. Half-Dome is one of many backpacking trails, yet remains Yosemite’s most recognizable summit. The trail is challenging, but most say the effort is worth the reward; the views along the way and at the summit are spectacular. Weather in the summer is warm and usually quite dry, with temperatures reaching the low 80s during the day.
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