Yosemite National ParkApprox. Time: 6 hours
Activity Level: Moderate

Yosemite is probably one of the most beautiful national parks. From astounding peaks to lush meadows flanked by cedar, fir, and oak, rounded out with sparkling waterfalls, the area is truly awesome. Even with a high concentration of summertime visitors, it is still easy to find solitude and tranquility along the maze of trails that extend atop high peaks. Highlights of the area include El Capitan, the largest piece of exposed granite in the world, and Half Dome, the sheerest cliff in the nation.