Avid traveler Douglas Paul Dohrman discusses why every U.S. citizen should visit Yosemite National Park in his or her lifetime.
Yosemite National Park spans almost 1,200 miles and is one of the most iconic national parks in the United States. Photos of the park are easy to access through Google searches and magazines, but its grandeur is something that needs to be seen to be believed. That’s why avid traveler Douglas Paul Dohrman states every U.S. citizen should visit Yosemite National Park in his or her lifetime. He recently explained why this park, which has been protected since 1864, should be on everyone’s bucket list.
“Yosemite is famous for its unhindered natural beauty, but it isn’t until you see it for yourself that you can truly understand how grand the mountain peaks, glaciers, giant sequoias, lakes, and meadows really are,” Douglas Paul Dohrman said.
Douglas Paul Dohrman explained that there are few National Parks in the world with as much biodiversity as Yosemite. Visitors can experience waterfalls, famous granite cliffs, lakes, and mountain peaks all in a single day. Douglas Paul Dohrman stated that a massive variety of animals call Yosemite home, including bobcats, foxes, deer, coyote, otters, cougars, and bears.
The park’s flora and fauna is best experienced on its more than 800 miles of hiking trails or via a number of other adventure outlets. Douglas Paul Dohrman explained that visitors can take part in a number of multi-day treks with expert Yosemite guides, including a climb/hike up the famous Half Dome to picture-perfect Buena Vista Lake. Hiking, climbing, backcountry camping, biking, stargazing, skiing, and snowboarding are just a few of the adventures awaiting those who visit the park.
“More than 4 million people visit Yosemite National Park every year, and you won’t fully understand until you go,” Douglas Paul Dohrman said. “Peering over the peak of Half Dome, marveling at the world-renowned climbers on El Capitan, and getting soaked on the Mist Trail are all once-in-a-lifetime experiences that can only be had at Yosemite.”
Yosemite was the 3rd national park in existence in the U.S., as well as the park that sparked the entire idea of national parks in the United States. The Yosemite Land Grant turned the Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove into government-protect land in 1864, 26 years before it was named a true national park. Douglas Paul Dohrman added that visiting America’s National Parks means supporting the National Park Service, an organization that protects these parks for generations to come.
“It’s easy to do our part to protect America’s national parks. We simply have to visit them,” Douglas Paul Dohrman said. “And through visiting them and marveling at our nation’s natural wonders, we gain a deeper respect for our country and mother nature as a whole.”