World Heritage Site: The Wonders of Yosemite National Park

The World Heritage Convention of UNESCO designates places as World Heritage Sites. Any manmade or natural wonder can be designated as a World Heritage Site if the international community considers it significant. The designation isn’t an empty honor; it comes with special protections.

Yosemite National Park, one of the ecological treasures of the United States, became an official World Heritage site in 1984. The international community decided the natural beauty and diversity of Yosemite had great scientific and cultural importance and deserved special protections.

If you live in the state of California, or you’re just visiting, and you don’t make the time to visit this truly unique natural wonder, you should reconsider your decision.

Every American should visit Yosemite if given the opportunity.



Yosemite National Park was literally carved into the earth by the movement of enormous glaciers. This created some unique topographical features not found anywhere else in the world, including five of the tallest waterfalls on Earth.

Visit Yosemite in the Spring to see the waterfalls at their fullest, carrying the melting snow down the mountains. Whether you’re a novice hiker or an adventure seeker, there are trails for everyone that lead to the waterfalls.



Campers around the world consider Yosemite National Park a mecca for travelers. The park only has 13 campsites where you can pitch your tent, sleep in your RV, or rough it under the stars. Only a few of the campsites have running water, and just two have showers. So if you want to guarantee your spot at a Yosemite campsite, you should make your reservation at least a year ahead.

Even if you have to rough it a little, camping at Yosemite gives you access to some breathtaking natural scenery. You can view the stars at night without interference from smog or light pollution. During the summer months, you can take guided astronomy tours and full moon bike rides.


Protected Wildlife

Animal lovers and bird watchers should seriously consider making a trip to Yosemite. There are over 400 species of animals inhabiting Yosemite, and 10% of them have special protection status, including the beloved Sierra Nevada Red Fox. During a hike in Yosemite, you have a good chance of seeing bobcats, mule deer, and bighorn sheep.



“Spectacular” does not adequately describe the sunsets at Yosemite National Park. Many opt to spend a day scaling the face of El Capitan to experience the world-famous sunsets from its peak. Other great sunset watching locations are Three Brothers peaks and the banks of the Merced River.


Sights to Behold

Yosemite National Park offers breathtaking views, incredible rock formations, and the largest waterfall in North America. As one of America’s most beautiful and beloved national parks, it offers an experience of a lifetime for the entire family.