Yosemite has 10 waterfalls over 500 feet tall, including one of the world's tallest waterfalls and one of the largest granite monoliths in the United States. Over 3 million people visit Yosemite annually.
Discovery.com named Yosemite one of North America's top 10 natural wonders due to its daunting 3,000- to 4,000-foot-tall cliffs and numerous waterfalls. The government classified Yosemite as the nation’s third national park on Oct. 1, 1890. Yosemite Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in the entire world, is over 2,400 feet tall. Half Dome and El Capitan are some of the most famous rock formations in Yosemite, with El Capitan being one of the largest solid granite monoliths in America. Yosemite is also home to three groves of giant sequoia trees, which are some of the tallest trees in the world.
Yosemite was once home to Native Americans. Since then, it has astounded settlers, miners, writers, photographers and tourists alike. John Muir, a writer and environmentalist, helped fight to make Yosemite a national park. His writings helped to influence others to protect the natural beauty of Yosemite Valley, and he personally gave President Theodore Roosevelt a tour of the valley in order to convince the president to make Yosemite a national park. Similarly, Ansel Adams used the rock formation Half Dome as the centerpiece of his now-famous photographs of the Yosemite Valley.