Tucked into California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range, Yosemite National Park spans 1,169 square miles. In addition to sequoia trees, the area has giant granite rock formations shaped tens of thousands of years ago by moving glaciers.
One such formation is known as El Capitán (Spanish for “The Captain”), the world’s largest solid block of granite. El Capitán rises some 3,000 feet and has a cliff face that’s so sheer only expert climbers are allowed to scale it. Yosemite also features a 5,000-foot-tall rock called the Half Dome, which is shaped like—you guessed it!—half of a dome!
Yosemite, which was designated as a national park in 1890, boasts bobcats, black bears, spotted owls, and kingsnakes. The park is also home to an arachnid called the Yosemite Cave Pseudoscorpion. This animal, which resembles a scorpion, is believed to exist only at Yosemite. From its incredible rocks to its creepy-crawlies, this park has some seriously unique attractions.