Happy New Year 2016!
The Lists are out.. Where to go in 2016 by CNN, The Guardian, Budget Travel Magazine, Travel and Leisure Magazine.. and more.. The National Park System turns 100 and appeared on each list.
The 2016 Tournament of Roses Parade also featured the National Park System and Ken Burns as Grand Marshall who did an entire documentary in 2009 on the Parks System.
If you haven’t visited the parks… what are you waiting for…
Living in California I will feature Yosemite National Park today-
Yosemite National Park is a gem and located here in California.
Tips for visiting and photographing Yosemite National Park-
The park has all kinds of lodging-from tents to the Grand old Ahwahnee Hotel which opened in 1927 and became a model of “parkitecture” that tries to integrate indoor and outdoor space.
Lodging can fill up fast- weekdays are best to try and snag a room and off seasons such as winter. Or you can always find rooms just outside the park generally but be prepared for the long drive in and out of the park.
Yosemite holds claim to the Tallest Waterfall in North America but being fed by snowmelt the waterfall can literally almost disappear in times of drought- as was the case last summer when I visited.
For the best experience I would plan to book early, stay in the park so you can experience first light and last light. Visit in different seasons- the Park does experience changes in its plants, colors and look with each changing season.
Free Photo walks are organized thru the Ansel Adams Gallery. Check their website to preplan-walks are limited in participation size.
Travel with a buddy- be it a friend or fellow photographer- the park is large and it is an outdoor space with animals etc…
Check weather conditions- it can be sunny in Los Angeles and a winter storm can be howling in the park- dress appropriately.
For more information on planning your visit to Yosemite National Park-check the official National Park Website