Set aside as a national park in 1890, Yosemite includes over 1,200 square miles of scenic beauty in the rugged Sierra Nevada Mountains. From glaciated granite formations to verdant meadows and ancient giant sequoias, there’s something for everyone in this Central California national park. And although Yosemite boasts a large wilderness area, there’s no shortage of accessible trails and attractions in Yosemite Valley, where the lion’s share of visitor services are located.
- The historic Yosemite Cemetery, which dates back to the 1870s, is often overlooked by visitors. Located across the street from the Yosemite Museum, it’s a must-see for history buffs. The hard-packed dirt paths through the cemetery are level, and although there are a few bumps near the entrance, the route is navigable for most wheelchair-users and slow walkers. A guide to the cemetery is available at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center — and don’t miss the special ranger program and campfire at the cemetery on Halloween.
- Although Hetch Hetchy Valley is the starting point for a number of inaccessible wilderness hikes, Hetch Hetchy Road also offers some beautiful windshield views along the drive. The road travels through gray pine, incense cedar and black oak forests, and features some breathtaking views across the canyon once the road opens up. As an added bonus, you can catch glimpses of Hetch Hetchy Reservoir from almost the beginning of the road.
- If you’d like a room with a spectacular view, then reserve room 421 at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel. Not only is this accessible room outfitted with a king-sized bed and a roll-in shower, but it also offers one of the best Half Dome views in the park.