YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA
Ninety five percent of Yosemite is designated wilderness, one that in addition to granite cliffs, waterfalls and streams includes Giant Sequoias, the world’s largest living things. Mariposa Grove, near the South Entrance has hundreds of them, and not only are they big, they’re old. Some of them were saplings when Tutenkhamun was running things in Egypt. Most visitors find themselves in Yosemite Valley, or looking at it from spectacular vantage points like Glacier Point. The Valley gets crowded during summer. For a more personal adventure, take the back roads and trails, or visit during winter.