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Reasons to Go Into the Wild at Yosemite National Park

Reasons to Go Into the Wild at Yosemite National Park

National Park-founder John Muir once said "The mountains are calling and I should go." Taking a note from Mr. Muir, you should too! Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves, lakes, mountains, glaciers, and biological diversity with almost 95% of the park is designated wilderness. A visit to such an overwhelmingly stunning park can be quite daunting especially for first-timers so be sure to download the Yosemite National Park Travel Guide and Offline Map.

1.      Hiking

There is so much hiking to be had in Yosemite. Panorama Trail is an 8.5-mile one-way trip from Glacier Point to Yosemite Valley and takes you past hidden gems like Panorama Point and Illilouette Falls, before joining the Mist Trail to incorporate Nevada and Vernal Falls too. If you're feeling lucky and up for a mighty challenge then you can apply to undertake the infamous Half Dome Hike – a 10-12 hour trek to the summit of the park’s focal peak, which only allows around 300 people on the trail each day. Equipped with torches and a sense of adventure, you can also opt for a "Flashlight Hike" offered by nearby hotels. You’ll be led through the woods around the area to learn all about the trees and wildlife that make up the forest and makes for a great opportunity for some stargazing.

Yosemite National Park Travel Guide

2.      Water Activities

First formed by the actions of mighty glaciers, Yosemite’s astonishing scenery is also the result of many millennia of the weathering actions of wind and water. So it's only natural that rafting, boating, and water activities are quite popular at Yosemite. Today, rivers and lakes are some of the park’s biggest attractions, especially for swimmers and paddlers of canoes and kayaks. For thrilling white-water action, venture outside the park boundaries, especially along the mighty Merced River. Adrenaline junkies will surely enjoy the wild and scenic stretches of the Merced and Tuolumne Rivers just outside the park offer thrilling whitewater rides.

Yosemite Travel Guide for iPhone, iPad and AppleWatch

3.      Winter Sports

If you're looking for a unique way to visit Yosemite then head over sometime between December to March and strap on some skis, snowshoes, or hit the slopes for some downhill adventure! Yosemite is home to the oldest downhill skiing area in California and offers downhill skiing and snowboarding. You'll find groomed trails perfect for cross-country skiers, chair lifts that take Alpine skiers to the top of the runs in minutes, a challenging terrain park for snowboarders and skiers to test their limits, and a tubing area where the whole family can experience the thrills together.

 

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3 Top Notch Reasons to Visit Sydney, Australia’s Most Populous City

3 Top Notch Reasons to Visit Sydney, Australia’s Most Populous City

Sydney is Australia’s most populous city. Locals love it and tourists adore it. If you ever plan on visiting the Land Down Under, Sidney is a city you should not miss. Here are a few reasons why. And remember to download the Sydney Travel Guide and Offline City Map & Metro to make your vacation easier and more pleasant.

1. The Beaches

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Sydney is a city of beaches. With several beaches to choose from, finding one suited to your tastes will be quite easy. The Palm Beach is a popular choice as the mesmerizing scenery during the one-hour long trip to get there from the city center is truly unforgettable. The Clovelly Beach is ideal for families who just want to have a quiet and wholesome picnic by the beach. Shark Beach is known for having its own shark net and a majestic view of theSydney Harbor Bridge.

2. Authentic Sydney side Cuisine

There are several eateries in the city that can provide you with a taste of genuine Australian cuisine. Harry’s Cafe De Wheels is the most popular and most iconic among them all. It is a simple hot dog and pie stand. For a few dollars, you can enjoy a quick meal while enjoying a great view of the Woolloomooloo Harbor. The Doyles is well-known for its take on Australian Fish and Chips that uses squeezed lemon and mayonnaise in place vinegar. And the Kawa Café is the top choice for Australian coffee.

3. So Much Free Stuff to Do

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You can have fun in Sidney without spending a dime. In the center of the city, you can find the Botanic Gardens. This place is full of all kinds of harmless wildlife such as lorikeets, cockatoos, and water dragons. From the Botanic Garden, you can take a straight path to Paddington. In this route which is a few miles long, you can see flying foxes and other sorts of fruit bats flying around. If you are looking for panoramic views of the city, you can go to the Opera House or the Sydney Harbor Bridge.

These are only a portion of the things you can do in Sydney. To get more information, come and check out eTips – your reliable traveling companion.