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Yosemite National Park The National Treasure

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When the weather changes from the cold winter to the warm spring, it is also the time of the year for everybody to think about vacation. On radio, television, or in newspapers appear many advertisements for trips going everywhere in America. People say and think about Grand Canyon National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, or Rocky Mountain National Park. However, they cannot miss Yosemite National Park, one of the best-known national parks and the treasure of the United States.First, Yosemite National Park attracts visitors for its convenience. The park is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of central California. With the area about 1,200 square miles, the park welcomes about four million tourists coming from around the world every year. While most of visitors choose to drive there through the various convenient highways and freeways, the others who live too far decide to go there by airplane. There are two airports, Fresno-Yosemite International Airport and Merced Airport, which are about 80 miles from the park. If the visitors live near the park, they can take the advantage of the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) or the train system. The park accommodation includes many hotels and lodges such as Ahwahnee Hotel, Wawona Hotel, Yosemite Lodge, and Curry Village to serve the tourists. If the visitors prefer a camping life, the park offers many campgrounds such as Yosemite Creek, Bridalveil Creek, Hodgdon Meadow, Lower Pines, White Wolf, and Wawona campgrounds. To travel inside Yosemite Valley, the park provides a free convenient shuttle bus for the visitors to go sightseeing in the valley. There are sixteen stops in all.Second, Yosemite National Park is well known to everybody for its rich historical values. While the visitors explore the park, they can appreciate the park's evolution over the past 150 years. According to the research, the Native Americans were the first inhabitants in Yosemite Valley. For a long time, the Southern Miwork and Mono Lake Paiute lived in this area. Two tribes lived by hunting, fishing, harvesting, and trading with each other for food and materials. Between of 1830s and 1840s, the area was noticed by the non- Indians. In 1855 the first tourists visited the Yosemite Valley. Nine years later, on June 30, 1864, Yosemite Valley was granted to the state of California as a public preserve. Galen Clark (1814 "“ 1910), one of the people who played an important role in the history of Yosemite, was the first Yosemite Guardian. After another thirty-six years and under the effort of John Muir (1838 "“ 1914), on October 1, 1890, President Theodore Roosevelt and the U.S. Congress signed a historical document that allowed 1,500 square miles of lands and forest to become Yosemite National Park like today. From that moment on, roads, hotels, camping sites, and lodges have been built to accommodate and attract the visitors from all over the world. One of the famous hotels...

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