One of Yosemite's many highlights is Yosemite Falls, said to be the highest waterfall in North America. The combined height of the Upper and Lower Falls is the equivalent of Chicago's Sears Tower plus the Eiffel Tower.
We visited the falls on the second day of our trip to Yosemite. The trek to the bottom of the falls begins at one of the park's many bus stops:
It's an easy hike; part of the path to the falls is beautifully framed with trees, presenting a stunning preview:
And then the falls are right in front of you, in all their glory:
The Upper Fall:
Those who are adventurously inclined can scramble over rocks in order to see the pool of water at the foot of Lower Yosemite Fall.
Fair warning, though: we saw a medic putting someone on a stretcher near the rocks. I suspect that happens fairly often.
Related posts: Mariposa Grove, Vernal Fall, and The Ahwahnee Hotel.