With roughly five million visitors each year, Yosemite National Park in California is one of our country’s most beloved destinations. It covers over 747,000 acres of land up in the Sierra Nevada, but one of the most popular areas of the park was closed in the summer of 2015. In 2018, it reopened, and nowadays it’s ready for you to see it in all of its renovated glory – find out what’s new in the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and plan your adventure ASAP now that the closures are long past.

Are you one of the many people who anxiously waited for the Mariposa Grove to reopen? How many times have you been back since it did? Tell us your estimates in the comments; don’t worry, we don’t judge (and we don’t blame you).

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What are some of the best hiking trails at Yosemite National Park?  

Yosemite National Park is a place that feels like something out of Middle Earth, or maybe a fairy tale. It is breathtakingly beautiful, and luckily for us, there are hundreds of miles of trails weaving throughout the entire park that enable us to truly take the beauty in. Some of the best, highest-rated and most-beloved hiking trails at Yosemite National Park include gems like the famous Yosemite Falls Trail, which is 7.2 miles round-trip and features the highest waterfall in North America. It’s a tough one with 2,700 feet of elevation gain along the way, so make sure you’re ready for that! Then, there’s the day-long but ridiculously rewarding Half-Dome Trail, which is very hard and 14 miles round-trip. One should anticipate taking at least 12 hours for that one. Then, there’s the Mist Trail, which is one of the most popular in the entire park. It’s a bit easier than the previous two, and it leads to the top of Vernal Fall. Finally, you’ll want to check out the Mirror Lake Trail, which is four miles round-trip and rated as easy with great views of Half-Dome and the lake. Need more ideas? Check this list of easy Yosemite hikes out!  

What are the most popular National Parks in the USA?  

National Parks in the United States are ridiculously popular; in 2021 alone, more than 300 million people filtered through them all. However, out of the more than 400 parks nationwide, only 25 of those made up more than 50% of the total visitors all year. Those parks include Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which saw 15.9 million visitors in 2021, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which saw 13.7 million visitors, Gateway National Recreation Area, which saw 9.1 million visitors, and Lake Mead National Recreational Area, which saw 7.6 million visitors. Were you one of them? Which National Parks in the USA are your favorites?