Yosemite National Park

Written by Gregg Strand

Yosemite National Park is located inrepparttar central Sierra Nevada of California and lies 150 miles east of San Francisco and only a six hour drive from Los Angeles. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves, and biological diversity. The 750,000-acre, 1,200 square-mile park contains thousands of lakes and ponds, 1600 miles of streams, 800 miles of hiking trails, and 350 miles of roads. Two federally designated wild and scenic rivers,repparttar 142627 Merced and Tuolumne, begin within Yosemite’s borders and flow west into California's Central Valley. Annual park visitation exceeds 3.5 million, with most visitor use concentrated inrepparttar 142628 seven square mile area of Yosemite Valley.

Highlights ofrepparttar 142629 park include Yosemite Valley, and its high cliffs and waterfalls; Wawona's history center and historic hotel;repparttar 142630 Mariposa Grove, which contains hundreds of ancient giant sequoias; Glacier Point's (summer-fall) spectacular view of Yosemite Valley andrepparttar 142631 high country; Tuolumne Meadows (summer-fall), a large subalpine meadow surrounded by mountain peaks; and Hetch Hetchy, a reservoir in a valley considered a twin of Yosemite Valley.

Whale Watching – The Biggest Show on Earth

Written by Cliff Calderwood

Whale watching is a spellbinding, entertaining, and thought-provoking adventure trip. It’s a show withrepparttar largest mammals on earth asrepparttar 142626 star performers. Whales are majestic and graceful giants, who’s every move seems effortless, choreographed, and yet playful. In this article discover how to getrepparttar 142627 most out of your trip.

Imagine a lazy summer’s afternoon on a boat in a gentle rolling ocean. A good breeze softly massages your face where you sit, and you begin to close your eyes and drift away…repparttar 142628 sound ofrepparttar 142629 boat’s engine begins to fade and finally stops. The boat, like you, is drifting overrepparttar 142630 waves and followingrepparttar 142631 breeze. It’s very peaceful and calm and after a stressful week you feel in harmony withrepparttar 142632 world. Then something explodes… out ofrepparttar 142633 water… and only a few feet from your nose! A 30-ton humpback…repparttar 142634 length of a large house... it breaches… and in another second is gone. And you’re left in disbelief and wonder.

And it’s justrepparttar 142635 start of your whale watching!

While whales are scattered throughoutrepparttar 142636 world there’s only a handful of accessible locations to view them in their natural environment. The coastal waters of New England andrepparttar 142637 west coast of North America are prime locations for whale watching. Hawaii and South Africa are also superb locations to spot whales, as arerepparttar 142638 ocean waters around New Zealand.

So if a vacation or trip takes you to any of these areas make sure you book a cruise and take inrepparttar 142639 largest show on earth.

Here’s some pointers to make sure you have an enjoyable whale watch.


Inrepparttar 142640 summer months whale watching is popular and so book early – many tours suggest one week to avoid disappointment.

Whale watching cruises can last anywhere from 3 hours to 41/2 hours. If whales are just playing hard to find, thenrepparttar 142641 captain will make every effort to stay out as long as they can to get a sighting.

While most boats are equipped with a place to buy food and drink they don’t usually mind you taking your own pack lunch or snacks. Because it can be a long ride until they findrepparttar 142642 whales and then back to port take a novel or your walkman and listen to your favorite music, or even whale song CD. If you’ve got young children take something to keep them entertained as well.


Before you book on a whale watching cruise check intorepparttar 142643 cruise company. Check out their web site, you’ll usually find information aboutrepparttar 142644 fleet’s experience and staff.

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