Do you dream of the day you can travel again? Now is the perfect time to start researching and planning for your next family vacation. There is just something about dreaming and planning as a family that can help to bring you closer together. Maybe you should consider a trip to visit one of the national parks. A favorite travel destination is Yosemite National Park.
Yosemite National Park is a scenic mountain region located in the Sierra Nevada in Mariposa County in California. Almost 95 percent of the park’s 747,956 acres is classified as wilderness land. Yosemite is nick named as the Land of Giants. It is best known for its giant rock formations that are mostly composed of granite. Yellowstone is home to giant sequoia trees that can reach over 300 feet high. It is also home to the largest waterfall in North America, Yosemite Falls.
There are many important dates in the history of Yosemite:
In 1890, naturalist and conservationist John Muir helped to pass the Yosemite Act. This protected the trees, minerals and natural rock formations from further developments of roads. At this time the park was still owned by the state of California.
In 1903, John Muir took President Theodore Roosevelt camping in Yosemite and he fell in love with the nature of it. This helped him to create a bill which made all of Yosemite the property of the United States Goverment in 1906.
In 1916, the National Park Service was created to ensure that the park was being properly preserved. The park became open to camping visitors in 1920.
Even if you can’t take a trip to visit, your family will enjoy doing a unit study or taking a virtual field trip to Yosemite.
FREE Resources for Discovering Yosemite National Park:
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The big turning point for getting the word out about this park came when the park hosted famous photographer of the American west, Ansel Adams. He fell in love with the park when he was only 14 years old when he first visited Yosemite on a family vacation. In 1927, his first photographs of Yosemite were printed. He lived and worked in the park for 50 years. The Ansel Adams Gallery is home to many of his famous prints and is located directly inside Yosemite National Park.
Information about artist Ansel Adams and his connection with Yosemite:
Websites about Yosemite and Virtual Tours:
The kids and I have been really enjoying searching for virtual tours of places we want to visit or learn about. They sure do provide a nice, mental escape from the mundane. Virtual tours can give your children the opportunity to explore somewhere they may never get the opportunity to physically visit.
Virtual Yosemite is a website full of virtual tours of the most famous spots in Yosemite.
Launch a virtual tour of Yosemite with Xplorit.
Check out these 12 Things You Can’t Miss on Your First Trip to Yosemite – Dirt in My Shoes
Peek in on the different Yosemite Webcams located at famous locations throughout Yosemite National Park.
Learn about rockfalls, moonbows, bighorn sheep, snowplants and more with the Yosemite Nature Notes video series.