1. Designated Wilderness Yosemite was designated as a federal wilderness area in 1984, ensuring the preservation of its natural beauty and ecosystems.

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2. Giant Sequoias The park is home to some of the world's largest and oldest trees, the giant sequoias. The Mariposa Grove contains over 500 mature giant sequoias.

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3. Half Dome This iconic granite dome, with its distinctive shape, is one of the most recognized symbols of the park. Hiking to the summit is a popular but challenging adventure.

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4. First Protected Area Yosemite was the first area of land set aside by the U.S. government for the preservation of its natural beauty.

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5. Yosemite Valley This glacial valley features towering cliffs, waterfalls, and the Merced River, making it one of the most visited areas in the park.

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6. Firefall Tradition In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a firefall was created by pushing burning embers off Glacier Point to create a waterfall of fire.

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7. Tunnel View This viewpoint provides a stunning vista of El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall, and Half Dome, and is one of the most photographed spots in the park.

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8. Yosemite's Black Bears The park is home to a healthy population of black bears. Visitors should take precautions to secure their food to protect both bears and people.

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9. John Muir & Ansel Adams Naturalist John Muir & photographer Ansel played a significant role in advocating for Yosemite's protection and raising awareness about its beauty.

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10. Yosemite Falls Yosemite Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in North America, with an overall drop of 2,425 feet, making it a majestic sight for visitors.

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