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American Express Tours Recommends A National Park Gem–Yosemite

American Express vacations says Yosemite National Park is perhaps the best of the best when it comes to national park and it’s certainly one of the most famous national parks in the world. Travelers come from hundreds of different countries to experience the natural wonder. But with so much to see and do, the best way to experience all of Yosemite is through a guided tour. These guided tours offer informative guides, who highlight the most important sights and adding important information to make the history more relevant. In addition, guided tours stay at some of the best accommodations, and can offer great advice for dining and additional activities.

What to See

One of the first things American Express travel customers usually mention is the incredible Sequoia Forest. The forest is thousands of years old and has some of the largest trees that can be found anywhere in the world. Reaching over 100 feet at times, the trees are so tall that the forest is in shade for the large majority.

There are several ways to enjoy the beauty of the forest. For the more active traveler, there are hikes and walks to experience these majestic giants up close. For those who desire to experience the forest in relaxed luxury, American Express travel also offer bus tours.

The Yosemite Valley Floor is where travelers experience perhaps the most famous sights of Yosemite. First, travelers can take a guided bus tour. Typically the first sight visited is Half Dome–enormously popular with travelers. Travelers can stop and hike to the top of Half Dome, although this is only recommended for serious outdoors travelers, as it is extremely strenuous. This mountaintop offers a number of fantastic photo opportunities. The next two sights to experience are the famed Bridal Falls and Yosemite Falls. Bridal Falls, so named for the pure white color and the similar form of a bride’s veil, can be seen on a bus tour as well. The hike to the falls is long, but worth it. Yosemite Falls is also amazing. While this falls can be seen on the bus tour, the hike to the falls is said to be one of the most enjoyable and scenic hikes in all of Yosemite.

What to Do

Besides the sight seeing, there is a lot to do in Yosemite. Hiking is one of the most popular pastimes of Yosemite enthusiasts, and there are literally hundreds of trails available for hikers with different skill levels. From novice to expert, there is a trail for everyone.

Fishing is also very popular in Yosemite. The Merced River is popular with fly fishermen, and there are several lakes within the park that are stocked with Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout and others. In addition to fishing, river rafting and inter tube floating are also a fun activity that can be experienced on the Merced River. Swimming can also be done is several lakes, although none of Yosemite’s water is safe to drink due to parasites. There are also several horse ranches in Yosemite that cater to novice riders. Tour Yosemite the classic western way–on horseback.

With so much to see and do, it’s no wonder there are a number of American Express Exclusive deals made with Yosemite Tour providers. The combination of sight seeing, deluxe accommodations and the ability to add on even more activities makes touring the best way to experience Yosemite National Park.

Submitted by:

Virginia Morgan

Virginia Morgan writes tourism and travel articles for AMT American Express Travel, a premier Internet resource for American Express Vacations. Serving customers online since 1996.




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