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Yosemite

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Yosemite is one of America's most iconic National Parks.  It is the place where I fell in love with outdoors.  Growing up in the midwest, I never knew landscapes like this existed and honestly thought Yosemite and Yellowstone were the same place (spoiler alert: they aren't), so when I made it to Yosemite my breath was taken away by the beauty of the valley.  There were waterfalls around every corner and even the small ones amazed me.  I have been back a handful of times since that first trip and every time I fall more in love with the place. 

Pro Tip: Yosemite is a busy place.  Very busy.  In fact, it can be so busy that it can ruin a trip.  If you can, avoid weekends and holidays.  You won't be the only one who thought it was a good idea to go when you got a couple of days off.  Sometimes though, weekdays just aren't an option.  In that case, go early.  You would be surprised at how many people want to sleep in.  Getting to the park, especially the valley, before 8:00 AM will help you get a parking spot and hit the trail before the rest of the park.