Friday Photo: It’s Waterfall Season at Yosemite

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Say, did we mention that National Park Week starts tomorrow and runs through April 29? That means no entrance fees anywhere in the park system for eight whole days!

If you’re keeping track at home, that’s 84.6 million acres of land with 18,600 miles of hiking trails, 43,000 miles of shoreline, and 12,000 campsites throughout the country, according to a recent press release by the Park Service with a nice list of suggested activities to help plan a getaway.

A few staff members at NPCA were a little ahead of the trend. Four of us visited Yosemite a couple of weeks ago, back when we needed to pay all of $20 to get in. (Honestly, can you imagine a deal where you could possibly get more beauty, more history, more granite and sequoia splendor all around you per dollar spent?) The photos above show the mighty Vernal Falls as seen from one of the most popular hikes in the park. At right is a picture of the Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls–the tallest waterfall in the United States–easily accesible from a shuttle ride from our campsite. Although some areas of the park are still closed due to inclement weather and potential rockfall, early spring is the best time to see these and other spectacular falls–and water was roaring nearly everywhere we looked.

Of course, Yosemite is just one destination out of 397 exceptional places in the park system where you could spend all or part of the week. Visit National Parks Traveler and Gadling for a few more great travel ideas. Got fun plans? We’d love to hear about it!

-Jennifer Errick, Editor, Online Communications

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Editor of Online Communications Jennifer Errick