Starbucks Opened A Location In Yosemite National Park And Not Everyone Was Happy About It
What could make a visit to Northern California’s idyllic Yosemite National Park even better? A cup of java, perhaps? Amongst the utterly jaw-dropping scenery, waterfalls, waterways, and wildlife is now, you guessed it: a Starbucks. And, when it was added in 2018, not everyone was thrilled, nor did everyone welcome it with open arms. Yosemite National Park is a must-see National Park in Northern California, and now you can get coffee there, too.
Yosemite is the company’s first location in a National Park. Do you have thoughts about whether this coffee giant having a store in Yosemite is good for the park and its guests? Why or why not? Other dining options are available there, so is offering a coffee option in a beautiful setting a big deal? We’d love for you to share your thoughts!
Coffee debates aside, here are more incredible facts about Yosemite and seven little-known things to do at Yosemite National Park.
National Parks to Visit in Northern California
What are the best parks in Northern California?
When we say that Northern California is amazing, we absolutely mean it, and you’ll see why immediately. It is simply astonishing – easily one of the most beautiful places in the United States. It’s filled to the brim with epic parks, too, and some of them really are must-adds to the old bucket list. We would argue that no life is complete without a visit to places like, of course, Yosemite National Park, but also other amazing parks like Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, where 20 incredible miles of old-growth redwood forest grows. Mendocino Headlands State Park is another can’t-miss if you’re a fan of the most beautiful, secluded beaches in Northern California.
What are some fun things to do outside in Northern California?
In a word: everything. Northern California is home to some of the most amazing state parks in California, as well as world-class camping and campgrounds, awe-inspiring waterfalls, thousands and thousands of miles of epic hiking trails, coastlines, and so much more. It’s the perfect state for anyone wanting to enjoy the great outdoors, because the outdoors is part of what makes Northern California so great. We definitely recommend hiking Northern California; it’s an amazing place, and the best way to explore it is on foot!
Which hiking trails in Yosemite National Park are the best?
So, speaking of hiking trails in Northern California, which ones are the best when visiting Yosemite National Park? We love them all, and there are an incredible number of miles of trails in Yosemite to enjoy. If you enjoy a challenge, we dare you to do the Mist Trail to Vernal and Nevada Falls. The hike to Lower Yosemite Falls is pretty easy, and great for hikers of almost all skill levels. Want something right in the middle? No worries – take the Valley Loop Trail to Mirror Lake. You really cannot possibly go wrong with the hiking trails in Yosemite National Park. They are heavenly.