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Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite National Park reigns supreme for me, though Yellowstone and Glacier run it close.

The pictures here don't do Yosemite credit; they can't, not least because so much of Yosemite is either vertical or wide panoramic. The almost square limits of my web site don't permit the sweeping vistas that are what Yosemite is all about.

Yosemite is an easy run from San Francisco and from Los Angeles. Unfortunately this is both a blessing and a curse.

In the summer it is almost impossible to stop your vehicle. Every parking space for miles around is taken. Buses by the hundred bring in happy snappy tourists and the whole place descends into semi organised chaos.

Even off season things don't improve that much and our last trip there, planned for four days, lasted just five hours before we felt we had to leave.

You must go to Yosemite, but plan your dates and times carefully. Seek advice from wardens about the best times. They should also be able to advise about which places are least crowded, too.

One of the most spectacular trips of my life was coming from the east. We left Death Valley and drove through to Yosemite, entering Yosemite via the Tioga Pass. An enduring memory, from some thirty five years ago.

I have no favourite place in Yosemite. It is all so very spectacular. Get out of your car and walk in the flower meadows, along the river banks and cliff edges. Visit the tops as well as the bottoms of these waterfalls. Follow the meandering streams.

Then please go home to the city and leave it for me!

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All images Copyright Avery Little