Moving from the general eastern part of the country, we head now to the west. Specifically, California. While most visitors to this sunny state head to land´s end where the waters meets the shore, outdoor enthusiasts grab their backpacks and hiking boots and head into Yosemite.
Anyone who has been there will understand why. If your pocketbook is full of notes and your budget grand, then you will want to stay at a swash hotel right in the park. If you are lucky enough, you can reserve a site at one of the campgrounds. But if you don´t fit into either of these categories, don´t fret. There are plenty of lovely villages surrounding all points of the park. Just decide from where you will enter and a good surf on the web will yield dozens of good options.
Forests pervade in this neck of California. The smell of pine is clean and refreshes one´s senses. There is plenty of wildlife is you are looking. A map is handed to you upon entering, and if you like to hike you will need it.
The things not to miss are the half dome and Yosemite Falls. But if you are taken in easily by waterfalls, there are plenty to see as well as some nice treks to and around them.
If you like mountains, waterfalls, hiking, climbing, swimming surrounded by fresh air and the smell of pine with a 360 degree panoramic view, this is a not-to-miss place!