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Yosemite National Park is one of the first national wilderness parks in the United States stretching over 1,200 square miles through lush valleys, meadows, flowing rivers and towers of granite.  Millions of tourists, from all over the world, visit the Northern California park to see El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite Falls, wild animals and to take in the scenes and nature by camping, hiking and biking..Here the Merced River meanders through the lush valley floor. Many chose to simply wade into the chilly waters but many brave the waters in small rafts..Photo By: Nathan W. Armes