Many of the mountains’ best sights—unlikely as it seems—are waiting for you to discover them
Photo by Kenny Karst / DNC Parks & Resort at Yosemite
To see the terrain immortalized in Ansel Adams' photographs in person is humbling. Over a dozen waterfalls―at their most bountiful in spring―splash here; Half Dome and El Capitan lure world-class climbers, artists and photographers. In summer you can slip in a raft and bob down the Merced River. Yosemite is truly one of the West's most epic playgrounds.